Apply Now: Fredric J. Bednarek Anthropology Scholarship

The Anthropology Department is pleased to announce a new endowed scholarship for our students. The Fredric J. Bednarek Anthropology Scholarship, established with a generous donation from Montclair State alumnus Frederic Benarek ’59, will support one student with a $500 scholarship.  

Professor Bednarek, who graduated from MSU and went on to serve as chair of the anthropology/sociology department at the County College of Morris, feels that  “it’s essential for us who have gone to Montclair State to continue to maintain the high standards we were privileged to have experienced.” The Anthropology Department is very grateful to Professor Bednarek for remembering his alma mater and providing us an opportunity to support and honor our students.

The scholarship supports a junior or senior anthropology major with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major. In order to qualify, candidates must be a junior or senior in the Fall 2016.

To Apply
Applicants should submit a short essay (500 words) addressing the following question: “Why is anthropology important?” and connect it to one of the following topics:

1) Sustainability/environment

2) Immigrants/migration/refugees

3) Other topic (with approval of the committee).

Selection Process
Essays will be evaluated on the basis of their coherence and originality by the Bednarek Committee (Dr. Brook, Dr. Davidson, Dr. McCaffrey).

Deadline for Submission: April 4 5:00 PM

Essays should be emailed as a Word attachment to Dr. McCaffrey ( and should include a title and contact information.

Winner will be announced mid-April and will be honored in an award ceremony on April 27.