The Gretchen Gould Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is in loving memory of Gretchen Gould, who took great joy in experiencing the world – in meeting new people, discovering new places, and helping others do the same. In the 1950s she travelled across Europe and Asia on bicycle, a journey which inspired a lifelong interest in history and conservation. A tireless advocate for education, she delighted in supporting students pursuing their own passions – we offer these awards for returning volunteers to continue Gretchen’s legacy.

In 2020, three awards of $1,600 will be made to successful applicants to cover their administrative fees and maintenance while at Halmyris.


  • Must have volunteered at Halmyris for any previous season(s).
  • Must have a demonstrable financial need, and must be able to demonstrate how a return trip to Halmyris will be of professional and/or academic benefit.
  • Must commit to attending the excavation upon receipt of the scholarship, barring unforeseen personal circumstances.

The George and Shirley Lowinger Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is being offered in remembrance of George and Shirley Lowinger who imparted a deep love of literature, science and the outdoors to their two children. George, an amateur geologist and paleontologist, was life-long oil company employee who loved to trek to remote spots throughout the United States in search of various types of fossils and mineral deposits on weekends and summer vacations. Shirley, despite rain, dust and assorted tribulations never discouraged these wilderness adventures and provided much needed logistical support. It is in loving memory of George and Shirley that this award(s) is being offered.

In 2020, one award of $300 will be made to an successful applicant to waive their Halmyris administrative fee.


  • Must be a current student in archaeology or a related discipline at the time of application with a demonstrable financial need, or must be applying to graduate programs in archaeology or a related discipline to commence in the Fall of 2020.
  • Must commit to attending the excavation upon receipt of the scholarship, barring unforeseen personal circumstances.
  • Priority will be given to first time volunteers at Halmyris.
Application process for all scholarships:
  • Please note that you only need ONE application, and if you meet the criteria you may apply for multiple scholarships, although no applicant will receive more than one.
  • Please provide a cover letter detailing which scholarship(s) you are applying for, your academic status, academic performance to date, goals in relation to the excavation, and a brief discussion of your financial need.
  • Please also provide your CV and two letters of recommendation which must be from academic or professional referees.
  • For first time volunteers, please also include the Halmyris volunteer application with your scholarship application if you have not already applied – you will receive word regarding your admittance to the project within 2 weeks of receipt.
  • The deadline for all scholarships will be March 15, 2020 and successful applicants will be informed shortly thereafter.

Please send all applications to Project Manager Emily Hanscam.

These scholarships are offered with the support of Bridging Frontiers, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit.