How you can support the Anthropology Department at NAU
When you support the NAU Anthropology Department, you help our students strive to reach their educational goals. Departmental scholarships and awards provide a direct way you can play a critical role in our students’ success.
Ways to give to NAU Anthropology
Giving is a fairly simple process. Learn more about each of our departmental scholarships and visit the NAU Foundation website to donate. Once there, search for the fund that you wish to support.
Departmental scholarships and awards
Kenny Acord memorial Award for Graduate Students in Archaeology Accordion Closed
This fund was established by Bobby and Anna Acord in memory of their son, Kenny, who was a loved and respected NAU Anthropology student. Kenny embodied the best qualities of a professional archaeologist and scholar. He cultivated his love of the Southwest working as a river guide and an archaeologist for the National Park Service and other federal agencies. His thesis, A Ceramic Inventory and Chronological Analysis of Sinagua Settlement at Walnut Canyon National Monument (2005), is a ground-breaking contribution to our understanding of the prehistory of the Flagstaff area.
Anthropology Student Conference Travel Fund Accordion Closed
NAU Alumnae, Tracy L. Meerwarth (2002) and her mother, Lurenna Meerwarth, established this fund to support graduate students who are financially unable to attend professional meetings that are aligned with their courses of study. Tracy’s hope is that conference attendance will enable other socio-cultural graduate students to do the following: 1) gain visibility, 2) network, and 3) positively represent NAU and the Department of Anthropology.
Robert C. Euler Graduate Scholarship Accordion Closed
Friends, family, colleagues, and former students of Dr. Euler created this scholarship to honor and remember his varied and remarkable career characterized by his research, leadership, and teaching excellence. It was Dr. Euler’s wish that all anthropology graduate students be included as candidates for this scholarship, with awards to be based on outstanding performance in the MA program. Accordingly, this scholarship is awarded to a second-year student who has achieved the kind of excellence for which Dr. Euler stood.
Panayotis Farantakis Memorial for Humanitarian Service Internship Accordion Closed
This fund was established in honor of Panayotis Farantakis by his parents Kimon and Katerina, who have been long-time friends of NAU and of anthropological linguist and former NAU professor Dr. P. David Seaman. Mr. Farantakis studied anthropological linguistics at NAU and established a private language and computer school in Greece upon his graduation. Having also completed his mandatory Greek military service, he also participated in search-and-rescue efforts. While searching for a missing mountain climber in 1996, Mr. Farantakis slipped and fell over a cliff and was killed instantly at the age of 31. The purpose of this award is to perpetuate the humanitarian ideals so richly exemplified by the short life of Panayotis Farantakis.
Carleton T. Hodge Award for Academic Excellence in Anthropology Accordion Closed
The family of the late Carleton T. Hodge established this award in his honor. Dr. Hodge was a world-renowned linguist, Egyptologist, and anthropologist. This annual award is given to an NAU Anthropology graduate student who has demonstrated academic excellence.
Ray A. Madden Anthropology Scholarship Fund Accordion Closed
A graduate of NAU, Ray Allan Madden was accepted into graduate studies in Anthropology, but he did not enter the program. His great admiration and respect for a professor of that department, however, sustained his interest in furthering the work of the Department of Anthropology at NAU. This Fund established the following scholarships and awards:
- Ray A. Madden Undergraduate Scholarship (awarded yearly to one undergraduate student, up to $10,000),
- Ray A. Madden Scholars in Anthropology (awarded yearly to two graduate students, $23,000),
- Ray A. Madden Research/Internship Award (awarded yearly to qualified undergraduate and graduate students, up to $3000), and
- Ray A. Madden Travel Award (awarded yearly to qualified undergraduate and graduate students, up to $1000).
PaleoWest Scholarship in Anthropology Accordion Closed
The PaleoWest Scholarship in Anthropology was established by cultural resource management firm PaleoWest. This scholarship supports an Anthropology major, or MA student with an archaeology emphasis who is also a member of a federally recognized Native American tribe. Preference is given to a student with career plans in cultural resource management in the geographical region where PaleoWest operates (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and New York).
Ferrell Honawu Secakuku Memorial Scholarship Accordion Closed
This fund was established to honor former Hopi Tribal Chairman Ferrell Honawu Secakuku, who completed an MA in Anthropology at NAU at the age of 69. Mr. Secakuku’s goal was to bridge Hopi tradition of ancient legends, children’s tales, and clan histories with anthropological research for the benefit of Hopi youth and the world at large. Throughout his life, he followed the lesson of the cornfields, and actively participated in Hopi ceremonies–glancing back periodically in the corn row in order to continue life ahead on a straight and purposeful path.
Miranda Warburton Native American Anthropology Award Accordion Closed
Established by the Ottens Foundation to honor the work of Dr. Miranda Warburton, who established the NAU branch of the former Navajo Nation Archaeology Department (NNAD) in 1988. Under the leadership of Dr. Warburton, the former NNAD-NAU Branch Office was instrumental in facilitating the entry of Native American anthropology students into various careers in the discipline. This scholarship supports the inclusion of Native Americans in anthropology and is awarded to a member of a federally recognized Native American tribe who is also an NAU Anthropology major.