In keeping with its mission of promoting the study, preservation, and awareness of Texas archeology; encouraging scientific archeological exploration and research; supporting the preservation and conservation of archeological materials and sites; and providing for the interpretation and publication of the recovered data, the Texas Archeological Society has established several scholarships and grants.
Support for participation in Texas Archeological Society activities is provided through outreach efforts under the Multicultural Program:
Diversity Program Scholarships, Native American Field School Scholarships, and
The Multicultural Program serves as an umbrella over the three scholarship programs. Each is administered by a subcommittee whose members review all applications and choose the recipients, or in the case of the Native American Scholarship subcommittee, solicit recipients from appropriate Native American groups. The Diversity
Program subcommittee directs efforts at reaching Hispanic, African-American, and other ethnic groups. The Collegiate Scholarship subcommittee focuses on collegiate recipients. The chairs of these three subcommittees form a Multicultural Program Committee that oversees the activities and funding of the component subcommittees. The chair of the Native American Scholarship subcommittee takes the lead in the Multicultural Program Committee.
The Multicultural Program is at this time entirely financed by donations and encourages participation in Field School, Annual Meeting, and the Archeology Academies. [Descriptions of these activities may be found elsewhere on this Web site.] All three
subcommittees work to secure funding for and increase awareness of these scholarships to attend Society functions. The number of individuals who can be supported by the scholarships is largely dependent on the donations received.
Persons may apply for TAS scholarships under all three programs, and for multiple events. Once an individual has received any TAS scholarship, however, they must wait 10 months from the date of the scholarship award before applying for another scholarship. This will allow TAS to provide scholarship opportunities to as many different individuals as possible.
Primary support has historically been from the state association for professional archeologists (the
Council of Texas Archeologists), cultural resource management firms, and individual members of the Society. Growth in the donations would allow for more recipients to participate.
History of Multicutural Scholarships awarded (PDF).
Though money is limited, what is available can provide some support for
professional and avocational researchers, and students for specific projects or
Money for grants comes from earnings on the Donors' Fund—an endowment fund—whose principal remains untouched. This fund is administered by six trustees, who review grant proposals and make recommendations to the Board of Directors on awarding the requested funds.
Interested in donating or participating? More information on—and application instructions for—Donors’ Fund grants and the Multicultural Program scholarships (Diversity,
Native American, and Collegiate) is available elsewhere on this Web site.