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For prospective students

There are many ways to finance your education at Arizona State University. Please review these resources to learn more:

For current students

Students should be aware that multiple scholarship and award opportunities exist each year for continuing students in The College of Liberal Arts and Science and in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences accepts nomination each fall semester to recognize outstanding student in Liberal Arts and Science majors. You can read about the current awards in the college here.

In the spring semester, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change also awards several scholarships and awards to recognize excellent undergraduate students in our anthropology, global health and applied mathematics for the life and social sciences majors.

Undergraduate Research Award

Every semester, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change grants research award(s) in the amount of $1,000 to select undergraduate students in its majors. The awards allow students to explore a topic close to their interests, give them great experience for graduate school in any field and are fantastic resume builders. Students are awarded a stipend for 9 hours of supervised study each week (of the semester that they have been awarded) to carry out their own research. Please visit our Undergraduate Research Award page for more information.

For graduating seniors

Learn about our past student award winners

Cynthia Lakin Award

Established by the parents of Cynthia Lakin, an undergraduate major in anthropology, in her memory, this award is given to graduating seniors who have majored in anthropology. The primary purpose of the award is to recognize the recipient’s sustained contribution to anthropology at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. It is not limited to persons with high academic achievement. Students in good academic standing who participate in the Undergraduate Anthropology Association, volunteer for research with anthropology faculty, participate in field schools or execute independent research and projects related to anthropology are examples of candidates for this award. We urge the faculty, graduate students and undergraduates to bring such persons to our attention and nominate them for this award. The Undergraduate Committee decides on the recipient after all nominations are received.

Alumni Award for Undergraduate Academic Achievement in Anthropology

Each spring, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change awards this honor to a graduating student who best exemplifies academic excellence during the past calendar year. This award is directed towards a person who exhibits (1) high academic achievement in anthropology courses and related fields and (2) displays important related interests, such as research, participation in fieldwork and/or involvement in the Honors College and honor societies. The Undergraduate Committee decides on the recipient of this award.

Dean's Medal

Each department and school within The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences selects one outstanding student who has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to academic excellence during their time at ASU. These students are awarded a prestigious Dean’s Medal during convocation ceremonies in honor of their scholastic achievements.