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Anthropology Scholarships

Undergraduate

Daniel Scheans Scholarship Fund

Scheans Scholarship Application
Application is due February 1. Email completed applications to cashc@pdx.edu.

The Daniel Scheans Scholarship Fund was established in 1998. Professor Scheans was a beloved faculty member of the Portland State University Anthropology Department from 1965 to 1989. A socio-cultural anthropologist, Professor Scheans was a dedicated scholar and teacher who believed strongly in his undergraduate students and in the value of Anthropology. The award is established in his memory.

The award is between $500-$1000 each year and will be made on the basis of scholastic achievement and merit to a student at Portland State University. The recipient of the award will be an undergraduate anthropology major. The student must be admitted and enrolled at the time of the award.

Undergraduates applying for the scholarship are required to have completed a minimum of 20 credit hours in anthropology, or be in their senior year in the Fall the scholarship is awarded (i.e. the Fall after the student applies). These requirements include work in progress at the time of application.

The applicant must be enrolled in two out of three academic terms (Fall, Winter, and Spring) during the year in which they apply, and a full-time student at PSU in Spring term when the award is made. Applicant must also be a full-time student at PSU the following Fall term when the scholarship money is issued. Minimum enrollment for an undergraduate is 12 credit hours per term.

The award will be made in one payment in the Fall term. The award is not renewable. But, you may apply more than once for the scholarship. Please Note: if you are receiving Financial Aid, this award may reduce the amount paid to you. The award should be used to reduce the amount of your loans.

Graduate

Teaching Assistantships

Graduate assistantship application form (current students only).
Application is due February 1. Email completed applications to cashc@pdx.edu.

The Anthropology Department offers 3-5 Teaching Assistantships per year. These assistantships provide nine hours of tuition reimbursement per quarter (but do not cover fees or books), and TAs must be enrolled full-time. TAs also receive a monthly stipend. This form is for current graduate students only. Incoming applicants can apply for TA positions as part of their departmental application.

Thomas M. Newman Fund

Newman Fund Application
Application is due February 1. Email completed applications to cashc@pdx.edu.

Thomas M. Newman was a founding faculty member of the Portland State University Anthropology Department from 1959 to 1982. An Archaeologist, Professor Newman was a dedicated scholar and teacher who believed strongly in his students and in the value of Anthropology. The award is established in his memory. The Award is a small grants program for Anthropology Graduate Students. It is open to any Anthropology Graduate Student in good standing.

Awards will be made to assist students with one-time expenses not covered by financial aid or graduate assistantships. Students can apply for funds to assist them with thesis research (e.g. a radiocarbon date, informant's fees, travel to a research locality, specialized equipment), attend a conference to present a paper or poster, and the like. It cannot be used for the purchase of books or to defray educational costs (e.g. fees or tuition). One to two awards between $500.00 and $750.00 per award are anticipated annually.

Funds can be spent upon award and are coordinated through the Anthropology Office. While you can receive the Newman Award only once, you may apply for it more than once.

Laurels Graduate Award

The PSU Laurels Graduate Award was instituted to provide recognition and financial support to the best and brightest students and to enhance enrollment diversity. The program provides an award to competitively selected, academically meritorious graduate degree students in all fields. This program includes financial need as a consideration for the selection of some of these awards.

See the program page for more information.