Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship for the Study of Archaeology

Now accepting applications. The deadline is January 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

2021 Wase Scholarship Application

Archaeologist Cheryl L. Wase spent most of her career working in the high deserts of New Mexico. She died at the too-young age of 53 in 2004. When her mother, Jane Francy Wase, passed away in 2013, she left a bequest to the Society for American Archaeology to endow a memorial scholarship in her daughter’s name. This generous memorial bequest brings together three major themes that defined Cheryl Wase’s life: her dedication to archaeology, her love for New Mexico, and her constant willingness to help and support other women.  

The SAA Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship for the Study of Archaeology provides funding for undergraduate education in archaeology. It is awarded to women who are residents of New Mexico and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a specialization in archaeology from a fully accredited university in the state of New Mexico (Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico State University, or University of New Mexico). It is overseen by the Wase Scholarship Committee of the SAA. 

The Wase Scholarships cover the cost of tuition/course fees and books for all classroom and field-based courses included in an accredited curriculum to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a Emphasis/Focus/Concentration in Archaeology.  A specialization in archaeology determined to be an Emphasis in Archaeology (ENMU students), a focus on Archaeology (NMSU students) or a Concentration in Archaeology (UNM students). The Scholarship is renewable for up to five years, as long as the recipient remains enrolled, maintains a 3.0 grade point average, and continues to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology. 

Applications are encouraged from women at least 18 years of age who are New Mexico residents and enrolled at (or planning to enroll at) Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico State University, or the University of New Mexico, and majoring in or intending to major in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.S.).  

For questions about the application process, please contact the Wase Scholarship Committee Chair, Dr. William Walker, Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, New Mexico State University.


2020 Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship Recipients
Kayla Abeyta-Lopez 
Reina Bravo
Robin Christofani
Samantha Morley
Sorayah Romero


Prior to any award recommendation being finalized and publically announced, anyone recommended for an award, scholarship, or grant will be required to certify the following:

(a)  I am not and have not ever been the subject of a discrimination or harassment lawsuit or related administrative complaint that resulted in an adverse finding; and

(b)  I do not have and have not had a current or pending disciplinary action such as suspension or termination of registration, resulting from a Register of Professional Archaeologists’ grievance investigation.