Mary Ausplund Tooze Scholar Travel Award Endowment

Established in 2014, this award encourages travel needed to engage in field study and research in Ancient and Islamic Art. It is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students from all majors.

During her 89 years of life, Portland native Mary Ausplund Tooze was a continuous learner and encouraged all around her to be the same. While her passion for music and the performing arts is well recorded, less known was that she was also a devoted student and scholar in the areas of Islamic art, ancient art, and nautical archeology. 

Islamic and ancient art history can offer a visual and meaningful bridge to help all students better understand a crucial world civilization. With art as a translator, this award honors the memory of Mary Tooze through the creation of this permanently endowed fund for travel. The Mary Ausplund Tooze Scholar helps students to better understand the cultures and traditions of a rich and complex Middle Eastern world.

Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020, 5pm -- APPLY HERE

For more information and tips on how to apply, attend the Application Workshop!

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7pm

Please contact Carmen Ripolles ( if you have any questions



Field of study: All majors
Class level: Junior, Senior or Graduate status
Academic record/GPA: GPA of 3.0 or above


Your online application will include the following:

Applicant Information: Your name, address, phone, email, major, anticipated graduation date, GPA in major, and PSU ID number

Letter of Intent: Write a two-page letter of intent that states the purpose of the proposed travel/study, its value to your educational goals and a proposed budget. The letter should clearly state how the scholarship activity relates to the study of Islamic and/or Ancient Art and may include archaeological excavation and/or research. Strong preference will be awarded for scholarship activities not already available to students in the Portland region.


Recipients of the award are required to submit a paper to a member of the Prize selection committee for inclusion in PSU’s PDX Scholar Archive within two months of completing research travel. This report shall consist of a scholarly abstract, thesis statement or paper that describes the scholarly activity funded by the prize and its impact on the recipient’s educational goals. The paper will be reviewed by a committee member prior to posting in the PDX Scholar Archive.