Ann Gordon Webster Award

Established by her family in 1996, the Ann Gordon Webster Endowment in Anthropology assists women who are returning to school to pursue graduate studies in anthropology. It honors the memory of a woman who did just that – and then taught at GW for 14 years.

Grants are awarded annually in the spring on the basis of financial need and potential for making a significant contribution to anthropology. The money is intended to be used for academic books and other school-related costs. Students in the graduate programs of Anthropology and Human Paleobiology Program are eligible. Awards are made on the basis of faculty nomination and selection by Directors of Graduate Studies in the department. If you are interested in being nominated by a member of faculty, contact them in early February. Ann Gordon Webster Awards are given in mid March of each year. 

Ann Webster (1929-1994) received a B.A. in history form Wellesley College in 1950. After marrying Harry Webster, a foreign-service officer, she spent much of the next two decades abroad, raising four children. She first began teaching in the early 1960s in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), shifting the focus from history and geography of Europe to that of Africa. In 1977, she returned to school at GW, obtaining her MA in Anthropology. She was hired as an adjunct faculty member to teach undergraduate courses, and she enjoyed great success as a teacher. She volunteered her time both within GW and in the larger community, working in an Urban League tutoring program focused on students at H.D. Cook Elementary School in Washington, D.C.