The board is committed to issuing a minimum of one scholarship per academic year to a qualified graduate level student who is enrolled in an educational program leading to a graduate degree in biological anthropology or forensic anthropology. Ellis R. Kerley Forensic Sciences Foundation Scholarships are awarded based on character, personal and academic merit and commitment. Merit is demonstrated through leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, academic achievement, and motivation to serve and succeed.
The winner will be awarded with the following:
$2,500 US dollars* to support the student's academic endeavors.
Invitation to the Kerley Foundation/Anthropology section reception on Thursday evening (with opportunity to speak and share your research).
Applications are due by close of business on April 30th of the year of the scholarship grant. The announcement of the winning recipients will be by August 15th of that same year. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted online. * scholarship value is dependent on available funds
Graduated from an accredited undergraduate program with an outstanding academic record
Currently enrolled in a graduate program leading to either a masters or doctorate degree in Biological or Forensic Anthropology
Applicant's research goals demonstrate focus in Forensic Anthropology
Studying at a university that has a AAFS Member or Fellow on the faculty. It is preferred that a Diplomate of the ABFA is on the faculty.
An AAFS student member or higher level member in the Anthropology section.
Submit an on-line application which includes name, address, school of study, area of interest and expected date of graduation.
Submit an essay, not to exceed 2 pages, which explains your background, your education and what goals you have in the study of forensic anthropology and how this scholarship can help you reach those goals. Also describe what contributions you want to make to the field and relate your personal experience in choosing this field.
Submit a current curriculum vitae.
Submit a current copy of official university transcripts.
Have a sponsorship letter submitted from a Diplomate of the ABFA, which states why you are a good candidate for the scholarship. The Diplomate does not need to be on the faculty of your university program.
Have a letter of reference submitted from a faculty member (primary professor preferred).