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Elaine A. Evans Middle East Studies Scholarship

We are happy to announce the Elaine A. Evans Middle East Studies Scholarship for undergraduates pursuing a major or minor that focuses on the Middle East.  Applicants must be currently enrolled at (or admitted to attend) the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a declared major in the College of Arts and Sciences, and must demonstrate successful academic performance.

To apply, send this form with a narrative that demonstrates your qualifications for this scholarship to the chair of the Middle East Studies interdisciplinary program, Professor Krista Wiegand (kwiegand@utk.edu).  Qualifications could include a description of your study of the Middle East; any relevant awards, projects, travel, or career plans that relate to the Middle East; as well as financial need.  Applications are due March 13, 2020.

Elaine A. Evans worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of Egyptian Art, and then ended her career at the University of Tennessee’s McClung Museum.  We are grateful to the bequest from her estate that makes this scholarship possible.

Current Recipients

2018 Recipients

2017 Recipients

  • Lucy Greer
  • Sarah Smith

2016 Recipients

  • Lucy Greer
  • Joud Hassan
  • Sara Poarch

Middle Eastern Cultural Engagement Scholarship

We are happy to announce the Middle Eastern Cultural Engagement Scholarship for undergraduates traveling to participate in the study and engagement of countries in the Middle East where Arabic is an official language.  Applicants must participate in a formal course of study, register for travel through the Center for Global Engagement, be currently enrolled at (or admitted to attend) the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a declared major in the College of Arts and Sciences, and must demonstrate successful academic performance. Preference will be given to students with a major or minor in Middle East Studies. Awards can range between $500 and $1,200, at the discretion of the awards committee.

To apply, send this form with a narrative that demonstrates your qualifications for this scholarship to the chair of the Middle East Studies interdisciplinary program, Dr. Krista Wiegand (kwiegand@utk.edu).  Qualifications could include a description of your study of the Middle East; any relevant awards, projects, travel, or career plans that relate to the Middle East; as well as financial need.  Applications are due April 3, 2020. Funding is dependent on whether and when the university lifts its current ban on international travel for university related work.

This scholarship is the result of generous support by the Arab American Club of Knoxville, which seeks to advance the public interest through charitable, social, and educational activities that promote a better understanding of the Arabic culture and community Arab Americans. The board and its members have supported a range of activities across the UTK campus, including the annual Knoxville Arab Fest.

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