The mission of the PaleoWest Foundation is to support archaeological research, education, and preservation worldwide to advance the profession and create and sustain knowledge relevant to today’s world. To this end, the Foundation has established two scholarship grant programs. The first, the PaleoWest Foundation Graduate Scholarship, supports innovative graduate students and their research. If selected, grants up to $2000 will be awarded to applicants. The number of awardees will depend on funding availability and the quality of the applications. Applicants must fill out the application form and submit it by October 1. Any graduate student currently enrolled in an anthropology or archaeology program may apply and the funds may be used any way the student sees fit. However, priority will be given to those students applying the funds to innovative research, dissertation writing, or completing a degree. Requirements include allowing the Foundation to feature any Foundation-supported student project on the Foundation’s website, on social media, and in public presentations.
The Foundation’s Board of Directors is particularly pleased to announce a second scholarship grant, the PaleoWest Foundation Native American Scholarship. This scholarship grant supports Native American students in their scholarly pursuits at Northern Arizona University. The grant is limited to tribal members of federally recognized tribes matriculating at NAU and studying anthropology. The grant is solely funded by the Foundation, but is administered by the University. A single grant of up to $5,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant each year. Applicants may apply through the Department of Anthropology at NAU.
Congratulations to Morgan F. Smith, winner of the 2017 PaleoWest Foundation’s scholarship grant.
We were extremely pleased with the high quality of all the applications this inaugural year. His application was unanimously selected by the Foundation’s board of directors as the top application. Morgan is a PhD candidate at the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University. His dissertation project “Liquid Landscapes:” What Underwater Prehistoric Sites in the Lower Southeast Tell Us About Climate Change, the Peopling of the Americas, and the Settlement of a New Continent is a really important project for archaeologists and other researchers interested in the peopling of the Americas and adaptations to past climate change. The project’s effort to document adaptations of Paleoindian groups to the rapidly changing climate following the close of the last Ice Age, understand how regional specialization occurred following the initial occupation of the Americans, and build a more robust radiocarbon record for the peopling of the Americas is well in line with the mission of the Foundation. We are very pleased to support this project.