The Antonio J. Waring Jr. Endowment in Anthropology was established in the late 1990s by Miss Henrietta Waring in memory of her husband, Dr. Antonio J. Waring Jr., who was one of the pioneers of Anthropology in Georgia. Dr. Waring was a pediatrician in Savannah, whose lifelong passion was Anthropology. He had interests and participated in archaeological research and excavations across the southeastern United States. It was his bequest that the Endowment monies be used to raise awareness and appreciation for the study of what it means to be human. The UWG Anthropology Program is deeply honored to use these monies to support students whose work in years ahead will continue this mission.


Academic Scholarships

In accordance with the primary mission of the fund, the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Scholarship Endowment awards the Waring Merit Scholarship in Anthropology to Anthropology majors at UWG on a semesterly base. The awards offset the cost of education for students, taking into account the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Successful candidates will receive a $1500 scholarship.

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Anthropology offers upper division courses during the summer. Check the Schedule for specific offerings. Through the Waring Endowment, we offer competitive scholarships: $500 for students who take upper division courses, and as much as $1000 for students who take summer field methods courses.

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The Anthropology Founders Scholarship covers $3000 per semester for 8 semesters over the course of 4 years (a total of $24K), contingent on satisfactory progress and good standing.

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Research Scholarships

This award is designed to support original student research in Anthropology and has as its goal the presentation of student research findings publicly and professionally. This award may be received in addition to the Waring Merit Scholarship in Anthropology and the Waring Student Travel Award.

Applications for the Waring Research Scholarship in Anthropology are requested once a year. This Fall-Spring semester award includes $1000 in scholarship, with $500 to be disbursed in the Fall semester and $500 in the Spring semester, contingent on the receipt of a mid-term report before the end of February of the Spring term. In addition, the award supports up to $600 in research-related costs, to be reimbursed to the student based on receipts. The funds must be spent and receipts received by the end of the Spring semester. Once the funds are disbursed and the public presentations are completed, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion. 

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Travel Scholarships

Undergraduate student research and attendance at professional meetings is a critical component in the development of excellent scholarship and a nationally competitive Anthropology Program. A student may apply to receive monies for a research project or to travel for research or study (including field schools-domestic or international) and to attend and/or present papers/posters at professional conferences and meetings related to the study of Anthropology throughout the year. If awarded, funds of up to $350 may include research-related costs, the costs of registration, as well as travel, food and lodging. The award is decided on a per case basis.

Please note: If relevant, undergraduate students may be asked to apply for the UWG Student Travel Award prior to consideration by Waring.

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The Waring Endowment offers the opportunity for Anthropology students to receive funding for group travel, such as a club field trip.

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Other Scholarships and Awards

Those persons empowered to select a recipient shall give equal consideration to qualified and eligible students from Polk, Carroll, Haralson, and Troup counties for selection as a recipient of the scholarship. If no student is selected from one of these four counties, an eligible and qualified student from the State of Georgia may be selected. To qualify for the Scholarship, the recipient shall be selected in the manner established by the Foundation in making awards of merit and based on scholarship achievement while a student at UWG. Financial need shall be given due consideration.
This award is presented annually to the senior anthropology student who demonstrates the greatest potential for success in his or her pursuit of an advanced degree in anthropology following graduation from the UWG. This award honors the founder of the anthropology program at West Georgia, who was a pioneering figure in the fields of Applied and Medical Anthropology, in recognition of her dedication to undergraduate education and student mentoring.
This award was established in Mrs. Larson’s memory by friends and family. It is presented annually for original anthropological research undertaken by an outstanding major in Anthropology. Mrs. Larson was the mother of Dr. Lewis Larson, long term faculty member at West Georgia and pioneer in Southeastern Archaeology.
These awards are presented annually to outstanding students from academic disciplines in the social sciences. Recipients must have a declared major in the field of the award, superior academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, potential for development in the respective academic discipline, and active involvement in extracurricular activities. The award was established in 1953 by friends and classmates in memory of the late Thomas A. Herndon, Jr., a graduate of the class of 1939.
This honor is awarded to a student who engages in the discipline of anthropology through critical thinking, creative vision, classroom participation, and academic risk-taking. The award recognizes outstanding engagement in scholarship, service, and/or anthropology-related extracurricular involvements.
This award is presented annually to the senior undergraduate student who has repeatedly earned distinction from the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Scholarship Fund over the course of their studies as an Anthropology major at UWG. This student should be well-rounded, having shown excellence in coursework, research, and scholarly presentation.
This award was named in honor of Dr. Steinen, who dedicated himself to preparing undergraduate students for careers in anthropology. It is presented to an outstanding member of the community in recognition for service to the UWG Anthropology Program and to the anthropology profession by promoting student-centered research, teaching, or programmatic initiatives.
This award is given annually to the student who has gone above and beyond in fulfilling the Waring Lab’s mission and goals during the previous year.