Archaeology Awards and Scholarships

Archaeology majors have the opportunity to apply and compete for awards and scholarships both within and outside the university to help fund archaeological field schools, summer internships, and research.

Every year the department awards money to select students with the following:

  • Nathan Elkins Endowed Fund for Engaged and Experiential Learning
    Dr. Nathan Elkins graduated with a BA in archaeology and classical studies from the University of Evansville in 2002. He funded this endowment in 2021 to help current students get the kind of experiential learning that proved pivotal to his development as a scholar and a person.
  • Browning-Miller Advancement of Archaeology Award
    Mark and Jennifer Browning established this award in 2012 “…to raise the profile and prestige of the University of Evansville’s Archaeology program and to increase its public awareness.”
  • Summer Internship Award
    Established by an anonymous donor for an archaeology or classical studies major who has been accepted into a summer internship program.
  • Shirley J. Schwarz Prize
    A contest for the best undergraduate research paper on an art historical topic funded by an anonymous donor.
  • The Stephanie Marcotte Memorial Student Travel Fund
    Michael and Cheryl Marcotte endowed this fund in 2022 “in memory of their daughter, Stephanie, and to honor her passion for archaeology and her love of the University of Evansville and Harlaxton College.” Stephanie was an archaeology major who passed away while at Harlaxton in 2016.

University-wide opportunities include:

  • UExplore Undergraduate Research Grant
    For full-time undergraduate students undertaking a project that contributes to the existing body of knowledge in the discipline, has originality and potential for publication, and will be presented or exhibited.
  • UE Honors Program
    For highly motivated and talented students, this program offers the opportunity to participate in unique and stimulating academic experiences alongside peers and faculty who share the love of learning and desire to excel. The Honors Program project is the capstone of the Honors experience and provides a unique opportunity for students to explore an area of study about which they are passionate. Honors Program students may apply for an Honors Program Undergraduate Research Grant to receive funding support for their Honors projects.

Our majors have been awarded competitive scholarships from these outside organizations:

  • American Schools of Oriental Research
    Excavation grants and dig fellowships are provided that allow individuals to participate in excavations in the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • Biblical Archaeology Society
    BAS offers scholarships every year to a few people who would otherwise not be able to volunteer on excavations throughout Israel, Jordan, and other parts of the Mediterranean world.
  • Center for American Archeology
    The Center for American Archeology pursues a mission of education, research and public service in archeology. Their Kampsville Legacy Scholarship program provides scholarships for students attending the Adult Field School at Kampsville, Illinois.
  • Archaeological Institute of America
    The AIA offers a scholarship established in honor of AIA Honorary President Jane Waldbaum intended to help students who are planning to participate in archaeological field work for the first time.
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
    Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale and do not need to be members of the society.