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School of Anthropology-SBS-UA Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships

School of Anthropology Scholarships

To facilitate student opportunities the School has a number of scholarships for undergraduate students. Students may apply for these funds to help with a variety of educational activities, including a research project, presentation at professional meetings, enrolling in a field school or study abroad program.  For each scholarship, the funding allows for one or more awards with varying amounts. The scholarship committee determines which scholarships are applicable to each student request.

There are two application cycles per year, one in the Fall semester and one in the Spring semester. Application informaton is sent out to all Anthropology majors via email.

The School of Anthropology is pleased to support undergraduate Anthropology majors with their academic pursuits.  There are two upcoming sources of funds for Anthropology undergraduates:

  1. Anthropology Undergraduate Scholarships provide financial assistance to Anthropology undergraduate students and can cover such items as tuition assistance for up to 9 credits; assistance paying for a field school or similar opportunity before graduation; technology; books; and equipment needed in courses or in other credit-bearing educational experiences.
    Eligibility: Students must have been a BA or BS major in the School of Anthropology for at least one semester at the time they receive the scholarship and can apply for scholarships when they are within two years of their expected graduation (Expecting to graduate Spring 2023 or sooner). Priority will be given to students exhibiting financial need and nearing graduation, but all who are eligible are strongly encouraged to apply. Students complete an application explaining their need for the scholarship and email it to a School Box folder. The email is listed in the application process section of the application form. Application form! Applications due by noon on October 15.
  2. School of Anthropology Awards for Meetings and Research provide financial assistance to Anthropology students who are conducting research or attending professional academic meetings to share their research findings. Funds for professional meetings may be used to support registration, travel, lodging, and meals. Research funds may be used to support travel and living expenses in the field, supplies, and equipment needed to carry out the research. Students prepare a proposal and itemized budget for their research or meeting participation and must consult with a faculty advisor or mentor about the scope and feasibility of their proposal. Students will email their application and proposal to a School Box folder. Keep an eye out of for an email on these awards coming soon!

Our scholarships and awards are made possible by generous contributors:

  • Thomas Bogard Bequest Scholarship: A gift from the estate of Thomas A. Bogard
  • Joseph and Mary Cacioppo Scholarship for Study in Italy: The Joseph and Mary Cacioppo Foundation Honoring Charles R. Young
  • Byron Cummings Memorial Scholarship (all subfields): Friends, family and associates of the late Byron Cummings
  • William Shirley Fulton Scholarship (archaeology): A bequest by the late William Shirley Fulton, pioneer Arizona archaeologist, and founder of the Amerind Foundation of Dragoon, Arizona
  • Emil W. Haury Education Fund for Archaeology (archaeology): Contributions for the advancement of archaeological learning, established by friends and colleagues of Emil W. Haury, Head of the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Arizona State Museum
  • Mary Alice Sherry Helm Scholarship (all subfields): A gift from her mother, Ilene Mills Sherry, and family and friends of Mary Alice Sherry Helm who received a MA degree from the University of Arizona
  • Stanley J. Olsen Zooarchaeology Endowment Fund (all subfields): Family and friends of former UA Anthropology faculty member, S. J. Olsen
  • William and Nancy Sullivan Scholarship (all subfields): A bequest from Nancy Epler Sullivan
  • Traditions, Transitions, and Treasures Fund (all subfields): Department of Anthropology Traditions, Transitions, and Treasures Auction and donations

Graduation Recognition Awards

The School of Anthropology will present three Undergraduate Student Graduation Recognition Awards. These awards honor seniors with a major in anthropology and overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher who will graduate during the academic year. The School of Anthropology Scholars’ Award and The School of Anthropology Leadership Award can be given up to twice a year, and the Ganesh Award is given when justified by special circumstances.Students who are recognized with awards are given an appropriate gift.  Each student’s name is engraved on a plaque that indicates the award.  

Nominations:A nomination form can be found here. Incomplete nomination packets or those submitted after the due date cannot be considered. All School participants may submit nomination forms to sponsor eligible students and former students.  School participants are voting faculty members, faculty members with affiliated status, graduate students, undergraduate students, and professional staff.  An individual or a group of individuals may nominate eligible students.  The sponsor consults with the nominee to obtain appropriate information.

         School of Anthropology Scholars’ Award

  • Student must exhibit a record of outstanding academic achievement and activities that involve the practice of anthropology.

         School of Anthropology Leadership Award

  • Student must exhibit a record of outstanding academic achievement and leadership in School, campus-wide, and/or community activities beyond academic course requirements.

        School of Anthropology Ganesh Award

  • Student must exhibit a record of outstanding academic achievement in the face of significant personal obstacles.


SBS Scholarships and Recognition Awards

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a number of scholarships and recognition awards to outstanding students in the SBS. For a list of scholarships, please click here. For a list of graduation awards, please click here.

UA Undergraduate Research Grants

The Honors College and The Office of the Vice President for Research and Discovery provide grants to University of Arizona undergraduates to pursue research projects of their own design under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Research can be done in any field, and have ranged from science to humanities to engineering to fine arts. Grants can be awarded up to a maximum of $1,500. All Undergraduate Research Grant recipients present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research Expo and poster session. For more information on the Undergraduate Research Grants and for an application click here.  

Featured School of Anthropology Award and Scholarship Winners

A number of past award and scholarship winners have shared how the recognition has impacted their career. For a list of award winners in the last several years, please click here.