The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans. Scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders.
Since 1998, the SAA has used the endowment income to award the annual Arthur C. Parker Scholarship in support of archaeological training for Native Americans who are students or employees of tribal, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian cultural preservation programs. In 2009, the SAA added two new awards in support of undergraduate and graduate archaeology education.
Support for these scholarships comes in several ways: through individual donations, an annual silent auction at the SAA meetings, book royalties, and grants. For questions about the applications process or to make a donation, please contact the Committee Chair.
The following competitive scholarships are currently offered:
1) SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship for Archaeological Training for Native Americans or National Science Foundation Scholarship for Archaeological Training (one Parker and three NSF Training scholarships are available)
To support archaeological training or a research program for Native American students or employees of tribal cultural preservation programs (up to $6,000).
2) SAA Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship (one available)
To support undergraduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $6,000).
3) SAA Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship (one available)
To support graduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $11,000).