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Financial Aid and Scholarships

New scholarship Opportunities 


Anthropololgy Chair's Scholarship 


The Anthropology Chair Scholarship is available to declared Anthropology Majors. Eligible applicants are first-generation college students and/or those with demonstrated financial need.

Whenever possible, scholars will be selected from applicants from under-represented groups in higher education. Other attributes we seek are students that have community service or community leadership. 


Up to $4000 per year for up to 3 years towards tuition and fees.
  • Declared Major in Anthropology 
  • Admitted Full time at the University of Utah
  • Eligible for Utah residency status for the academic year you are applying
  • Must submit a FAFSA application


Anthropololgy Field School Scholarship


Beginning Summer semester, 2020, the Department of Anthropology will offer several scholarships to cover the course fees associated with an approved University of Utah, Department of Anthropology field school program.

This summer’s eligible field schools include:


Varies. It will be determined by the fees required by the student’s specific field school.
  • Must submit a FAFSA application
  • Award is contingent upon the acceptance into the preferred field school

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Most financial aid is handled through the University's main Financial Aid Office, but there are some scholarships available through the College of Social and Behavioral Science, the Alumni Association, and the Department of Anthropology. For 2019-20 scholarship applications, all Anthropology majors will apply through the College of Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS) website for both CSBS and Anthropology scholarships. Please note, that the proceedure has changed. For last years scholarships, a single application was used for both College and Department level scholarships. This year a sepparate application should be completed for each, one for the College, and one for the Department. Both applications can be found on the College of Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS) website.

Departmental Scholarships and Tuition Waivers
Anthropology Departmental scholarships provide a tuition waiver for 2 semesters, for 12-18 hours each semester (student pays mandatory fees). Applicants must be a Utah resident, a declared Anthropology major, and have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Scholarship Name: The Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Available to: A student majoring in Anthropology.
Selection Criteria: Merit, awarded at the discretion of the selection committee.
Amount of Award: Typically up to $4000.
Number of Awards: Typically one.
Donor: The fund was established by Parry Mead-Murray and the Giles and Elise Mead Foundation in 2004. The Mead Foundation supports organizations dedicated to preserving and improving the environment, the advancement of medical science, and other important social needs. Dr. Giles W. Mead (1928-2003) was a noted ichthyologist.

College Scholarships
The College of Social and Behavioral Science awards several scholarships. The requirements and award amounts vary.

Alumni Association Scholarships
The University of Utah Alumni Association awards a variety of scholarships for current and incoming students.

All other financial aid is handled through the University's Financial Aid Office. The Office of Admissions provides more financial information such as tuition estimates and residency.

Other Sources of Financial Aid and Scholarships
The University and outside organizations also provide scholarships to help with financial aid.

Last Updated: 2/16/24