Scholarships and Grants
Multicultural Program: Native American Scholarship Program
In June of 2013 the Texas Archeological Society (TAS) will offer the eleventh year of its scholarship program to support Native Americans who attend the TAS Field School. This program allows our members to meet, talk with, and learn from the native people whose traditions and lifeways are tied to Texas archeological sites. Scholarships are sponsored by donations from members of TAS and other local archeological societies, the Council of Texas Archeologists, archeological contracting firms, foundations, and others.
Tribal groups will be invited to send members to take part in the TAS Field School in south central Texas north of Hondo on June 15-22, 2013. The primary archeological effort will be excavation on the prehistoric Calvert site under the direction of Dr. Thomas R. Hester.
TAS Field Schools teach the principles of archeological survey, excavation, and laboratory processing through working side-by-side with experienced avocational and professional archeologists. This is an ideal activity for families and persons of all ages who are in good health. Informative lectures and activities are offered, and newcomers are given special training. Young people between the ages of 7 and 13 attend an educational program. Persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult sponsor. Visit the
TAS Field School page for more information.
TAS will support the majority of the Field School costs for no more than two scholarship recipients from each native group per Field School, as funds allow. The Field School registration fee is waived, and each scholarship recipient is given a kit containing the tools needed for excavation or survey. Scholarships may include partial reimbursement for the expenses of persons traveling long distances to Field School. Each scholarship recipient is registered as a TAS member, and will receive the Bulletin of the Texas Archeological Society and Texas Archeology newsletter.
Lodging space will be provided in the TAS campground located at the Hondo City Park and county fairgrounds on the north side of Hondo, about 20 miles south of the prehistoric Field School excavations. Scholarship recipients must bring their own tents and camping gear; a list of recommended equipment will be mailed out (you can check out a generic list of equipment and usual camp rules
here). Rest facilities are port-o-cans; showers will be provided in camp; a local recreation facility will also be available. Breakfast and dinner are provided from the TAS camp kitchen at no charge to scholarship recipients. Scholarship recipients provide their own lunches, but TAS will furnish ice for their coolers. Hondo has grocery stores (HEB, Walmart) where lunch food and other supplies can be purchased.
Since 2003, 90 Native Americans have participated in the TAS Native American Field School scholarship program, including members of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, Delaware Nation, Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas, Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma, Lipan Apache Band of Texas, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Tap Pilam/Coahuiltecan Nation, and other groups. Articles and photographs of past Native American Field School scholarship programs are at these links:
Record Year For
Native American Scholarship Program
and Archeologists Find Common Ground
In April 2008, the TAS
Native American Scholarship program was featured in Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine. View the article
If you are interested in participating in or donating to the Native American Field School scholarship program, contact Marie Archambeault at 512.463.6043 or via email to
email@example.com. We look forward to sharing the TAS Field School experience with more Native Americans in June 2013!
Marie Archambeault, Chair
Native American Scholarship subcommittee