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Waring Scholarships

In accordance with the primary mission of the fund, The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Scholarship Fund Endowment awards the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Anthropology Endowment Scholarship to Anthropology majors at the University of West Georgia.  These awards offset the cost of education for students, taking into account the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board.  New in 2010, is the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Research Scholarship. This award is designed to support original student research in Anthropology and has as its goal the presentation of student research findings publicly and professionally. The 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.  The recipients of scholarships are determined by the Faculty based upon due consideration of these guidelines and qualifications.  All scholarship and other awards are competitive in nature.  This Handbook outlines minimal levels of eligibility for a student to be considered for an award.  Meeting these requirements does not guarantee that a student will receive that award.

Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Anthropology Endowment Scholarship Guidelines

These competitive $1500 scholarships are for students to study Anthropology at the University of West Georgia. These awards for Anthropology majors are based upon academic achievement and potential for scholarly growth.
Anthropology Endowment Scholarships may be awarded to:
1. Graduating high school seniors who will attend UWG and major in Anthropology
2. Newly declared Anthropology majors at UWG
3. Current Anthropology majors at UWG
4. Transfer students who major in Anthropology at UWG

These awards are additional to any other grants or aid the student may receive. Deadlines are October 15 and March 15 by 5:00pm.

Applications for Waring Anthropology Endowment Scholarships will be distributed to students during the Fall and Spring semesters. Awards are made one (Spring/Fall) semester before the award is disbursed.

Application Requirements:
1. A completed official application form.
2. Copy of academic transcripts if currently enrolled or transferring to UWG [or] copy of high school transcripts. 
3. Essay (typed, double-spaced between 500 and 750 words) on:
New Scholarship Applicants:  "Why I chose to major in Anthropology"
Returning Scholarship Applicants: "The Role of Anthropology in My Career Goals"

Essays should cover the development of your interests in the discipline and the role you see for Anthropology in your future goals.

Evaluation of Applications
Applicants will be evaluated on the following attributes:

1. Quality of essay
2. Current GPA
3. Current performance in Anthropology courses
4. Any Anthropology-related extracurricular activities

*High school students who have been selected for the Waring Admissions Scholarship are not eligible for a Department Waring Scholarship during the same semester.

Disbursement of scholarship funds 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 the semester of the award.

Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Research Scholarship Guidelines

The Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Scholarship Fund requests applications for the Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Research Scholarship. This award is designed to support original student research in Anthropology and has as its goal the presentation of student research findings publicly and professionally. This Fall-Spring semester award includes $1000 in scholarship, with $500 to be disbursed in Fall semester, and $500 in Spring semester, contingent on the receipt of a mid-term report before the end of February of the Spring term. The mid-term report should include an overview of research undertaken and a draft of a public presentation. In addition, the award supports up to $600 in research-related costs, to be reimbursed to the student based on receipts. The funds must be spent and receipts received by the end of the Spring semester. Once the funds are disbursed and the public presentations are completed, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion.*This award may be received in addition to an Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Anthropology Endowment Scholarship and a Waring Student Research and Travel Award. Deadline for applications: October 1. 

Application process:
Submit a 3-5 page research proposal (not including cover page), a budget sheet, and a cover page signed by you and your supervising professor, which includes the following information (in labeled sections):

1. Abstract: This should be a brief (150-250 words) description of your project that, if funded, will be posted on the website. This goes onto the cover page.

2. Project Description: Describe your research topic, questions, and objectives. Please state your hypotheses if relevant. What will be the focus of your research?

3. Relevant Literature: What existing anthropological literature will your research engage with and build on? Please include at least 3 references and describe their relevance to your project.

4. Methods: There are two parts: 1. What information will you need to gather to address your research questions? 2. How will you gather this information? What methods will you use?

5. Your training and background: What experiences do you have that prepare you to undertake this research, including classes taken, previous research (if so, list funding received, if any), extracurricular experiences, etc.?

6. Product: You will propose research products to include: 1. A public talk for faculty and students in the Anthropology Department; and 2. a professional presentation, which could consist of a public oral or poster presentation (such as at Research Day or a professional conference), or the submission of a manuscript for publication. Please specify the venues you plan to present in (note: you do not have to commit to anything, but provide realistic suggestions). As part of your final product, you will need to turn in a hard copy of the text of your presentation (not just PowerPoint slides). 3. At the end of your project, you will also need to turn in a photo and a short paragraph about your research to be published on the departmental website.

7. Budget (submitted on a separate sheet of paper): You may be awarded up to $600 in reimbursement for research expenses, for which you will provide a budget. Acceptable expenses include, for example, travel for research, travel to conferences, supplies, equipment, software, postage, printing, registration for conferences, books (up to $200 total for books).