Announcing Three New Anthropology Scholarships

The Department of Anthropology is proud to announce three new scholarships, each generously funded by an MSU Anthropology alum! These scholarships will allow undergraduate and graduate students in the department to embark on travel, undertake research, and gain educational experiences that may not have otherwise been possible. 

First, with the financial support of alum Aaron Whiteford, the Whiteford Cultural Anthropology Fieldwork Scholarship has been established. Preference will be given to students conducting research in Latin America. The inaugural scholarship has recently been awarded to PhD student, Juan Carlos Rico Noguera.

Second, with the financial support of archaeology alum Don Weir, the Commonwealth Heritage Group Diversity Scholarship Award in Archaeology at Michigan State University has been established. Students who are or have been enrolled in archaeology courses and who have high financial need will be considered for this award. Preference will also be given to students who are first generation to attend college and/or are educationally disadvantaged. Special consideration shall be given to ensure that this scholarship supports the Donor’s desire of building and supporting a culture of diversity and inclusion in the Department of Anthropology.

Third, with the financial support of alum Emily Altimare, the Altimare Professional Development Scholarship has been established. This scholarship will support graduate students in the Department – the funds can be used for professional development support including conference training to learn new skills, online certifications, qualitative data analysis software, etc.

We are extremely grateful for these generous donations, which will allow our students to expand their educational horizons and become successful and marketable anthropologists.