The history department is pleased to announce a new source of funding for students in the History Department. The NANCY L. BENCO ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH FUND is a new scholarship created by alumna Dr. Nancy L. Benco, class of 1966, and a professional archaeologist, to help fund history majors and minors who wish to study archaeology and the human past. Find out more about our PAST BENCO WINNERS from Wittenberg.

Hannah McCartney, class of 2018, excavating in Trim, Ireland.

This is an academic scholarship aimed at enriching and furthering understanding of archaeology through the examination of material culture. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to the History Department to promote the study and appreciation of archaeology at Wittenberg University through student research, fieldwork, and learning experiences for undergraduates interested in the human past around the globe. Both domestic and international projects are appropriate for students to pursue.

Awards may be used for expenses (e.g., travel, food and lodging, registration fees, partial tuition costs) to support the following purposes:

•   Student research in archaeology (e.g., to conduct primary thesis research at historic or prehistoric sites, museums or archives);

•   Student participation in archaeological fields schools (with preference given to those participating in an excavation for the first time); and

•   Student travel to national, regional, or local archaeology meetings.

If you would like to participate in an archaeological dig, attend a regional or national archaeological conference, or travel to a site or archive related to the human past, during the summer or fall semester 2013, you are eligible for this scholarship. Awards of up to $1500 are available. The deadline for being considered for a scholarship for 2019 is February 20th, 2019.

Eligibility: If you are a history major or minor and would like to participate in an archaeological field school; conduct research in material culture for a thesis; or attend a national or regional archaeology meeting, you may apply.


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