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F. Lewis Orrell Jr. Bequest Curriculum Development Award–Deadline Extended to August 29, 2022

Lulu Walker Elementary School students enjoying lunch at Catalina State Park

AAHS awards multiple grants annually with a total of $5,000 awarded per year for curriculum enhancement related to the archaeology, history, or anthropology of the American Southwest. We are accepting proposals from any public or public-charter elementary, middle, or high school located Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico or Utah. Awards will be granted on a competitive basis. These grants are available thanks to a generous bequest to AAHS from F. Lewis Orrell Jr.

One of the missions of AAHS is to expand diversity and inclusiveness in the fields of history, archaeology and anthropology. We believe that one way to accomplish this is to expose children to these fields at an early age.

How to apply:

  • Funds may be requested for materials, supplies, textbooks, or other instructional materials used in classrooms as well as transportation for students. Funds can also be used for direct expenses (travel, enrollment costs) for K-12 teacher continuing education in courses related to the archaeology, anthropology, or history of the southwestern United States.
  • The proposal must clearly state what you want to do. It must demonstrate that the money received will be sufficient to  accomplish your project, either in entirety, or as matched with other funds.
  • Include a detailed budget. List each item and/or thing you plan to spend funds on.
  • The written (non-budget) portion of the proposal should not be more than 2 pages (double spaced, 12 point font).
  • Applications must include an endorsement from your school principal.  

Funded projects:

Funds will be dispersed by AAHS to the awardee’s school or organization.

A report detailing the project’s execution and outcomes along with a detailed financial statement must be submitted to AAHS within 60 days after the completion of the project.

Applications for the following school year must be submitted through the AAHS website by July 15th. Notification of award winners will be made by August 31st. For Application Form click here.

For previous recipients of the Orrell Curriculum Development Grant click here.