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Scholarships for Anthropology Majors

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Fascinated with the study of mankind, dating back to ancient cultures all the way to current cultures? Majoring in anthropology may be the career path for you. Although paying for your anthropology degree may seem difficult, it doesn’t have to be. There are scholarships and other financial aid available to aspiring anthropologists. You just have to know where to look.

Most scholarships and additional aid can be found on campus at the college or university you plan to attend. The financial aid office can help with general scholarships, typically based on academic success, and/or financial need. Other scholarship opportunities on campus lie within the anthropology department itself. Here you can learn what types of scholarships are available based on your career goals. If these scholarship options aren’t enough, you can always seek outside scholarships administered by organizations.

Types of Scholarships for Anthropology Majors

Most colleges and universities offer anthropology scholarships for students pursuing a career in anthropology. Students majoring in anthropology can choose college scholarships offered through the anthropology department, general scholarships through the financial aid office, or outside scholarships.

Institutional Scholarships

Ball State University, in Indiana, offers the following scholarship to anthropology students: Byron L. and Iona Troyer Scholarships —these scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students majoring in anthropology. Total award amounts of these scholarships are approximately $2,500.

The University of Florida offers departmental scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in anthropology.

  • Patricia Essenpreis Memorial Scholarship—awarded to a female undergraduate in the amount of $500 to be used for an archeological field school.
  • Brendan O’Sullivan Award of Academic Excellence—is awarded to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average. Letter of application is required. Award amount is $500.

On a graduate level, the following scholarships are offered at the University of Florida:

  • Burns-Amaya Research Award—provides up to two awards to graduate students. To be used for research in Latin America.
  • Charles H. Fairbanks Award—awarded to graduate students at the dissertation level. Up to six awards are given per year in the amount of $1,000 each.
  • William Maples Memorial Scholarship—this scholarship is specifically dedicated to graduate students interested in forensic anthropology. The university awards up to four scholarships in the amount of $500 each.
  • John M. Goggin Memorial Scholarship—this scholarship is dedicated to graduate level students at the dissertation level. Up to six $1,000 scholarships are handed out each year.

Northern Arizona University’s College of Social & Behavioral Sciences offers departmental scholarships for students majoring in anthropology. Award amounts for these scholarships vary each year. William Griffen Native American Anthropology Scholarship is awarded to students seeking a degree in anthropology. Preference is given to Native American students. Miranda Warburton Anthropology Scholarship is awarded to anthropology majors with a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Half of the award is distributed in the fall semester, while the other half is distributed during the spring semester.

The University of Northern Colorado offers anthropology scholarships to qualifying students. The Anthropology Scholarship awards two anthropology majors in the amount of $750 each. Recipients must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. This scholarship is funded by alumni and faculty. The Faye O’Dell Anthropology Scholarship is awarded to anthropology majors with an emphasis in archaeology. Applicant must be a sophomore with a minimum of 30 credit hours to apply. Up to two $500 scholarships are awarded annually.

Outside Scholarships

A great way to supplement an anthropology major’s financial aid package is to seek outside scholarships.

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) offers the David M. Schneider Award which is given to graduate students pursuing a PhD. Applicants must be AAA members to apply and write an original essay. Award amount is $1,000.

The Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) offers the Harold K. Schneider Prize. This is a student essay competition which awards the winner a cash prize, and a year’s membership with SEA.

Scholarship Tips for Anthropology Majors

  • Speak to financial aid representatives on campus for general scholarship opportunities, and other financial aid possibilities.
  • Check with the anthropology department staff for departmental scholarships.
  • Seek outside scholarships by using the Internet. Several organizations offer scholarships specific to anthropology majors.

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