Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship for the Study of Archaeology

 Opens for applications on October 1. 

If you have any questions about the application process, please email amy_rutledge@saa.org.

The Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship for the Study of Archaeology provides funding for undergraduate and graduate education in archaeology. It is awarded to women who are residents of New Mexico and pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Anthropology with a specialization in archaeology from a fully accredited university in the state of New Mexico (Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Highlands University, or University of New Mexico).  

Archaeologist Cheryl L. Wase spent most of her career working in the high deserts of New Mexico. She died at the too young age of 53 in 2004. When her mother, Jane Francy Wase, passed away in 2013, she left a bequest to the SAA to endow a memorial scholarship in her daughter's name. This generous memorial bequest brings together three major themes that defined Cheryl Wase's life: her dedication to archaeology, her love for New Mexico, and her constant willingness to help and support other women.  

The Wase Scholarships cover the cost of tuition/course fees and books for all classroom and field-based courses included in an accredited curriculum to earn a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Anthropology with an Emphasis/Focus/Concentration in Archaeology. An undergraduate specialization in archaeology is determined to be an Emphasis in Archaeology (ENMU students), a focus on Archaeology (NMSU students) or a Concentration in Archaeology (UNM students). A graduate degree is an MA or MS in Anthropology with a Focus on Archaeology and Bioarchaeology (Eastern New Mexico University), Cultural Resource Management (New Mexico Highlands University), Emphasis on Archaeology (New Mexico State University), or Public Archaeology (University of New Mexico).

The scholarship is renewable for up to five years for undergraduate students and three years for graduate students as long as the recipient remains enrolled, maintains a 3.0 grade point average, and continues to pursue a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology. Amount awarded is variable as is the number of scholarships available each year.

Eligibility

Applications are encouraged from women at least 18 years of age who are New Mexico residents and enrolled (or planning to enroll) at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), New Mexico State University (NMSU), the University of New Mexico (UNM), or New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU--graduate only), and majoring in or intending to major in

A BA or BS in Anthropology with an Emphasis in Archaeology (ENMU students), Focus on Archaeology (NMSU students) or Concentration in Archaeology (UNM students)

(New for 2024) A MA or MS in Anthropology with Focus on Archaeology and Bioarchaeology (ENMU), Cultural Resource Management (NMHU), Emphasis on Archaeology (NMSU), or Public Archaeology (UNM) 

Application Materials

The required application materials consist of the following items: 

1) An application form (downloaded from link at top of page) that includes your background information.  

2) A personal statement that explains why you are interested in archaeology and how this scholarship will help to advance your educational and professional goals. Describe your potential career paths, future professional degrees, and work in archaeology-related fields, government archaeology (e.g., National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management), cultural resource management archaeology, and academia. Describe how your choice of archaeology program might help you attain those goals. Important program attributes might include ongoing research by particular professors, access to museum collections, archaeology job possibilities, collaboration with other fields (geology, chemistry, geography etc.), among other opportunities.

3) A proposed budget that explains how funds will be expended and how this scholarship will help you succeed in fulfilling your professional goals. The budget may include tuition and course fees (including for field school), books, etc.

4) A statement of proposed study that describes the program you hope to participate in, including your schedule for completing a BA or BS in Anthropology with an Emphasis in Archaeology (ENMU students), Focus on Archaeology (NMSU students) or Concentration in Archaeology (UNM students); or MA or MS in Anthropology with Focus on Archaeology and Bioarchaeology (ENMU), Cultural Resource Management (NMHU), Emphasis on Archaeology (NMSU), or Public Archaeology (UNM). This statement should include a plan that proposes the required and elective courses you will need and when you will take them.

5) Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic or work background that describe the applicant's past successes and future potentials.

6) Proof of NM Residency (as shown in student's Banner Record using their student ID number).

7) A copy of the requirements for your degree program and a signed statement from the Anthropology departmental advisor indicating that you are making normal progress through the program.

8) A copy of your transcript showing the courses you have completed and your current GPA. Graduate student applicants include copies of both your undergraduate transcripts and any graduate coursework you have completed. If you are a high school student or home schooled, you must also include a copy of your SAT/ACT scores.

PLEASE READ THE APPLICATION FORM CAREFULLY FOR DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS AND ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS.

Application and nomination materials should be emailed to wase@saa.org. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact SAA Communications and Fundraising Manager Amy Rutledge at amy_rutledge@saa.org, who facilitates distribution to the Wase Memorial Scholarship Committee for review. 

For questions about the applications process, please contact the Chair of the Wase Memorial Scholarship Committee

Other Requirements

Prior to any award recommendation being finalized and publicly announced, anyone recommended for an award, scholarship, or grant will be required to certify the following:

(a)  I am not and have not ever been the subject of a discrimination or harassment lawsuit or related administrative complaint that resulted in an adverse finding; and

(b)  I do not have and have not had a current or pending disciplinary action such as suspension or termination of registration, resulting from a Register of Professional Archaeologists’ grievance investigation.

2023-2024 Scholars

Erin Cassidy 
Jo Lynne Fenger 
Jessica Hilfers
Jessie Johnson 
Robin Kibler 
Abriella Muniz