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Anthropology Scholarships for Undergraduates


Established by program benefactors, the Anthropology Program Endowed Scholarships are designed to help Anthropology undergraduates with their educational and professional development. Scholarships are awarded based on several criteria, including demonstrated academic merit, financial need and active involvement of the student in the Anthropology Program. These scholarships are:

The Gordon N. & Dolores M. Keller Scholarship
The Anthropology Scholarship

Both scholarships are awarded annually in the spring for the following academic year. There is a single application process and all scholarship applications are entered into a pool to be considered for one or more of the awards. All applications should include the following:

1. Completed Anthropology Scholarship Form
2. Current academic transcript
3. Current copy of curriculum vita
4. Personal statement. This statement should focus on academic record, participation in Anthropology-related activities and academic/professional goals.

Only complete applications will be considered for awards. Applications should be returned to the Anthropology Office (Old Main 245) or submitted online to: by the deadline.

2014-15 Scholarship Recipients

Audrey George
The Gordon N. & Dolores M. Keller Scholarship

From my education and opportunities from Utah State, I plan to go to Medical School and become a pediatric oncologist. Also, I would like to get a Masters or Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology. My goals are to do research abroad, looking at how cancer affects the lives of children and their family as well as working as a physician wherever I am doing research. I feel that I have more of a chance reaching my dreams because of my experiences here at Utah State. When I graduate, I will miss this school and the wonderful people I have met that have helped me get where I am today.

My name is Audrey George, I am a senior in the Anthropology Program and I will be graduating this coming spring. My experiences here at Utah State have been incredible and most of it is in part because of the wonderful instructors I have had that have opened my eyes to the study of human culture. Through this department I have traveled to Rwanda and served as an undergraduate researcher for Dr. Maggie Zraly and focused my research on how youth use religion to create a safe place. Additionally I have conducted research for Dr. Bonnie Glass-Coffin helping with interviews. Last year I was awarded an Undergraduate Teaching Fellows position and worked under Dr. Glass-Coffin and Dr. Zraly. I was also humbled with the Student of the Year award for 2014-2015 and the Dolores Keller Scholarship.

Dakyn Saunders
The Anthropology Scholarship

Dakyn Saunders is a junior at Utah State University majoring in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology. Currently, Dakyn collaborates with Dr. Francois Dengah on two research projects (1) Utah State Gender Roles and (2) Mental Health in Virtual Worlds. Dakyn is on the planning committee of several USU Clubs (Anthropology Club, Esports Club, and Russian Club). He is also involved with the USU Interfaith Movement, which works to create positive and meaningful interaction among people who orient around religion differently. After graduating, Dakyn plans to go on to pursue a Ph.D. in Archaeology. 

2013-14 Scholarship Recipients

Elizabeth Payne
The Anthropology Scholarship

Brandi Allred

The Gordon N. & Dolores M. Keller Scholarship

Elizabeth Payne is a senior at Utah State University majoring in Anthropology with a cultural emphasis, and a minor in Family and Human Development. While attending Utah State, she has had the opportunity to attend ethnographic field school, and has participated in presenting her research at Utah Research on Capitol Hill, the Student Research Showcase, and the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research. Elizabeth is also a mother to three children, all boys, ages 6, 4, and 1 ½, and is a community volunteer for breastfeeding support organizations. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school where her emphasize will be reproductive anthropology. Elizabeth hopes to put her anthropology skills to use by serving community health organizations.