American University of Central Asia - AUCA - Mary Schweitzer scholarship

Mary Schweitzer scholarship




Mary Schweitzer Scholarship for Excellence in Anthropology welcomes applications from promising students of Anthropology Department at AUCA. The aim of this scholarship is to support students who show commitment to and excellence in anthropology.


The scholarship has been established in honor of Professor Mary Schweitzer in consideration of all she did for the benefit of anthropology at AUCA and her ongoing commitment to the future of her former students. Mary Schweitzer is a US-based Professor of anthropology and she taught anthropology at AUCA from 2002 to 2003 and from 2004 to 2005.



Students entering the second, third or fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in the Department of Anthropology at AUCA are welcome to apply. Applicants must be citizens of Kyrgyz Republic and can be of any nationality. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to apply. Last year's winners are NOT eligible to apply this year.


Award amount and type

Each year the scholarship fund will be changed. Scholarships in form of cash and tuition coverage will be awarded based on the quality and the number of applications.



Students can download an application form and a recommendation letter form from the following website: or you can get these forms by contacting us at


Application assessment

Mary Schweitzer Scholarship undertakes a detailed qualitative assessment according to the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence of the applicant
  • Commitment to anthropology
  • Financial need


Application deadline

Completed applications should be sent to during FALL of each year (please follow updated dates of submission on Facebook page).



P.S. Special greetings to you, student of Anthropology Department! I am a CAA Alumni and I graduated from the same department in 2005. Now I have a wonderful opportunity to reflect back and share with you about the person who touched me most during my years of study. When I think of Cultural Anthropology - the first name that comes to my mind is Mary Schweitzer. She was the first one who opened up to me the heart of anthropology- the study of humans in all of its aspects- she showed me the "humanity" heart of anthropology. She let me see that anthropology is not only an armchair study, a distant learning of human life and the “weaved, sophisticated web of behaviors and habits" that we humans create, but that it is rather a very alive, exciting and full of involvement process, a "social drama" – life itself! She helped me to see that while there are arguments between "Structuralism vs. Functionalism" and between "Symbolism vs. Marxism" etc. that the boundaries are very blurry and we, as a human entity, have much more in common than what divides us. I think the values that I would desire to pass on to you from the lessons taught by Professor Mary Schweitzer are discipline, human dignity, excellence, love, involvement and commitment. And I want to wish you, personally, that in the process of your study and as you graduate, that you can say like Professor Mary Schweitzer could say, with confidence, "I am thankful to be able to combine that what I like with that what also brings me profit." I cheer you on - on your journey in the academia and beyond!



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