The Antonio J. Waring Jr. Endowment in Anthropology was established in the late 90's 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 Department is deeply honored to use these monies to support students whose work in years ahead will continue this mission.

Learn more about the Waring Merit Scholarship below or follow the links here for more information about other Anthropology scholarship options and awards.


Waring Merit Scholarship

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.

Who is Eligible

  • Graduating highschool seniors who will attend UWG and major in Anthropology
  • Newly declared Anthropology majors at UWG
  • Current Anthropology majors at UWG
  • Transfer students who major in Anthropology at UWG

How to Apply

IMPORTANT: There are two steps required in the application process:

  1. Submit an application through the UWG scholarship portal and indicate your interest in the Waring Merit Scholarship in Anthropology. Link to the UWG Scholarship Portal.
  2. Fill out the form below. 

Before you start, make yourself familiar with the following essay guidelines. Essays need to be typed, double-spaced, 750-1000 words and formally structured to include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.

  • New Scholarship Applicants (graduating Highschool seniors and first-year Majors): "Why I chose to major in Anthropology". 
  • Second year and up-Majors and Returning Scholarship Applicants: "While generations have had their future doomsday scenarios, the issues that this generation is grappling with are possibly different in scope and scale, everything from global warming to the consolidation of wealth and power, to international violence and ethnic conflict, to the current global pandemic. Illustrate how anthropology is relevant to finding possible solutions for many of these issues." In addition to above mentioned formal requirements, cite at least two anthropologists whose work has particularly influenced your thinking on the subject, using the AAA citation guidelines. Link to AAA citation guidelines.

When to Apply

The deadline for Waring Merit Scholarships in Anthropology are March 1st (March 20th for incoming Fall semester freshman) and October 1st @ midnight.

How Recipients are Selected

Applicants will be evaluated on the following attributes:

  • Quality of their essay
  • Current GPA 
  • Current performance in Anthropology courses 
  • Engagement in anthropology-related extracurricular activities

NOTE: Awards are additional to any other grants or aid the student may receive.  Disbursement of the scholarship payment depends on: a. Being a declared Major in Anthropology at the University of West Georgia.  b. Enrolling in and successfully completing 12 semester hours of full-time coursework and at least one Anthropology course during each semester of the award.  The recipients of scholarships are determined by the UWG Anthropology faculty based upon consideration of academic achievement and potential for scholarly growth.  Scholarships are competitive in nature.  Guidelines for scholarship awards and the qualifications of the students to whom the awards are made are established by the faculty and may be amended from time to time.  Meeting the requirements does not guarantee that a student will receive the award.  

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