Anthropology Department

Scholarships

We offer a variety of scholarships for our students. The deadline for all scholarships is February 1st unless otherwise noted in the criteria. Please visit the FLC Scholarships page for more information and to apply online.

Gabe Doelger Memorial Scholarship

Gabriel Patrick Doelger graduated from Fort Lewis College with an anthropology degree in December of 2015. Gabe was an exceptional student and remarkable individual who began his undergraduate career in his thirties, after spending many years working as a talented makeup and special effects artist in Atlanta, GA. He was deeply committed to the four fields of anthropology and engaged in all of his studies with an unparalleled work ethic. He became somewhat of a fixture around the department during the years he was with us and was dedicated to not only earning a degree with honors, but also to making the department a better place for his fellow students and for the faculty. His dream was to work as a coroner, which he approached from a place of compassion and with a deeply held conviction that the work of coroners ought to be better informed by anthropology and respect for Native American graves and remains. He was able to present his senior seminar research entitled: Unmarked Graves, Colorado Coroners, Native Americans and Anthropologists: Found in Translation, at the American Anthropological Association Meeting in November 2015. He was also essential to the organization of the 2015 Pecos Archaeological Conference in his home town of Mancos, CO. Gabe passed away unexpectedly in February of 2016, just two months after graduating summa cum laude from Fort Lewis College and only four months shy of his fortieth birthday. The Gabe Doelger Memorial Scholarship is named in his honor.

The Gabe Doelger Memorial Scholarship is awarded to anthropology majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0, demonstrated financial need, and demonstrated leadership and engagement in anthropology. Applicants will be asked to describe their relevant skills and activities as well as how the funds will help them achieve their educational career goals in anthropology in a series of essay questions.  A typical award is $500.

John Ives Memorial Scholarship

Dr. John Chester “Doc” Ives was the founder of the Department of Anthropology at Fort Lewis College, where he began teaching in 1966. An archaeologist by training, he was hired to teach professional field techniques to students which he did by means of field schools in Ridges Basin, on Blue Mesa and on the San Juan National Forest.

The John Ives Memorial Scholarship is awarded to anthropology majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need. Applicants will be asked to describe their relevant skills and activities as well as how the funds will help them achieve their educational career goals in anthropology in a series of essay questions. A typical award is $500.

Al Lancaster Scholarship

James Allen “Al” Lancaster was an archaeologist in the Four Corners area beginning in the 1930s who had associations with the National Park Service and the Mesa Verde Research Center. He was known particularly for his work developing methods for stabilizing archaeological sites. He conducted numerous excavations, taught students in the field and produced dozens of publications and manuscripts. He received the U.S. Department of the Interior Distinguished Service Award when he retired in 1964 and the University of Colorado Distinguished Service Award in 1977.

The Al Lancaster Scholarship is awarded to students accepted into the Fort Lewis College Field School. Applicants will be asked to describe their relevant skills and activities as well as how the funds will help them achieve their educational career goals in anthropology in a series of essay questions. A typical award is up to $500.