Kiana Dressendorfer Scholarship in Archaeology

College of Liberal and Creative Arts
Scholarship awarded for the Spring semester

This scholarship fund was set up in memory of SFSU student Kiana Dressendorfer by her family. Kiana passed away in December 1997 just after she completed her B.A. in History at SFSU. Beloved by students and faculty alike, Kiana’s exuberance and intelligence are being honored by her family in this Scholarship Endowment so that other students may follow the path that interested Kiana so deeply—Archaeology.

Archaeology, for the purposes of this scholarship, is broadly conceived as the study of the material culture of peoples worldwide, past and present, conducted through a variety of textual, theoretical, and methodological analyses, including excavation, ethno-historical/documentary research, research of previously excavated materials housed in museums and special collections, and so on. Archaeology includes aspects of study from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. In addition to scholarly research, archaeology may also include innovative approaches for teaching the subject at any level of education, including but not limited to: developing teaching kits, field schools, websites for curriculum, or virtual museums. The goal of archaeology is to add to our understanding of the worldview, daily life, technology, society, politics, economy, and artistry of peoples worldwide – through research and education.

  • Awarding Department: Anthropology Department
  • Scholarship Intent: To allow SF State undergraduate and graduate students to further their interests and educations in the archaeology of any region of the world.
  • Criteria: Student applicants may not use the award for expenses related to the cost of attendance for a degree program (e.g., tuition fees, course-related books and other supplies or living expenses). The funds are expressly for travel or equipment costs related to extracurricular research, internships, field studies or conferences opportunities that are not part of the regular program requirements.
  • Major: History, Museum studies, Classics, Anthropology, and other related departments whose relevance will be evaluated at the discretion of the Department of Anthropology.
  • Class Level: HS Seniors: N/A; Undergrad: Any; Grad: 2nd BA, Masters.
  • Enrollment Status: Continuing
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: 1 unit; Grad: 1 unit
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: HS GPA: N/A; Undergrad GPA: N/A; Grad GPA: N/A
  • Contact Person: Anthropology Department
  • Campus Address: FA 525
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-2046
  • Email: You must contact to apply for this award
  • Web page:
  • Number of Awards: varies

$300 to $1,040
Supplemental Questions
  1. Educational record--of your current school
    • Date graduated (or expected graduation date)
    • Degree earned (or to be earned)
    • GPA
    • School
  2. Educational record-Last school attended or graduated
    • Dates attended
    • Degree earned
    • GPA
    • School
  3. Educational record
    • Dates attended
    • Degree earned
    • GPA
    • School
  4. Please upload the following as a single PDF file: a) your resume; b) a three-page essay (~750 words) in which you describe the archaeological project that you would like to pursue. Explain how the Kiana Dressendorfer Scholarship will aid to further your training or productivity as an archaeologist.; c) an itemized budget and estimated timeline for completion.
  5. Please upload your SFSU unofficial transcript in PDF form here. IF YOU ARE AN INCOMING STUDENT, please upload your unofficial transcript from the last institution which you earned your degree.
  6. Please upload one signed letter of recommendation from a professor, addressing your suitability for the proposed project.
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