Stockton Scholarship

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The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) promotes the academic study of gravemarkers, cemeteries and related topics internationally through its annual conference and peer-reviewed journal Markers. With gratitude for a generous donation from longtime AGS members Ron & Jane Stockton in 2021, AGS established the Stockton Student Scholarship Award to support students whose educational pursuits are aligned with AGS’ founding purpose in 1977 — to further the study and preservation of gravestones.

1) Eligibility guidelines:

• Awards are open to graduate or undergraduate students at any accredited college or university.
• Students submit an application form (available on the AGS website) with supporting documentation to the AGS Scholarship Committee.
• Research topics may include the study of gravestones (such as marker materials, forms, and motifs, as well as carver studies) and cemeteries (such as surveys, burial practices, and landscape histories).
• Excluded are any research projects already funded by AGS through other awards.

2) Awards:

• The Stockton Student Scholarship provides the award recipient with complimentary conference registration, on-campus lodging, and on-campus meals during the AGS annual conference. The recipient receives a complimentary student membership in AGS for one year beginning June of the year of the award.
• Sholarship recipients agree to present their research at the annual conference if asked to do so; their work may also be published in Markers, the AGS Quarterly, or in other ways approved by AGS.

3) Management and oversight of the program:

• AGS’s Student Scholarship Committee determines award recipients each year after completing its review of scholarship applications.
• AGS reserves the right to award one or more scholarships each year, or to make no award, as circumstances permit.
• Allowable out-of-pocket travel expenses are determined by the AGS Executive Committee and may include air, train or bus fare, and other expenses directly related to the recipient’s transportation to and from the conference.
• The AGS Treasurer maintains records regarding donations into, balance of, and cash distributed from the fund, and reports fund activity to AGS membership at least once per year.
• Eligibility guidelines, use of awards, and management and oversight of the fund may be changed at any time with the approval of the AGS Executive Committee.