The mission of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site (FCHS) is to support the conservation and restoration of historical assets, aid in the development of museum exhibits, and to promote, through community outreach, the historical and cultural significance of the Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites - including the ancestral pueblos of Kuaua and Gíusewa, the Coronado Expedition, and the Mission of San Jose de los Jemez.

To support this mission, we have established the FCHS Academic Awards.  It is intended that these awards support scholarships or grants for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at New Mexico universities and colleges. Priority for awards is given to bachelor and master level students interested in pursuing research that furthers our understanding of the cultural history of the American Southwest. PhD candidates and students pursuing an associate degree will be considered on a case by case basis.


Fields of study can include but are not limited to: Cultural/Physical Anthropology, Linguistics, Museum Studies, History, Biology, and Geology. Of particular interest to the FCHS is the study of Kuaua and Giusewa Pueblos, kiva mural art, Spanish exploration and the Catholic mission system. Projects that attract public visibility are a plus.


Qualifying universities include Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico State University, Community College of New Mexico, and the University of New Mexico. If no qualified applicants from these universities respond, candidates from other New Mexico educational institutions may be considered.


The call for candidates will be mailed periodically to educators at universities whose students qualify for FCHS Awards. Award criteria and application forms will be posted on the FCHS website ( Awardees will be announced by April 1st of each year.


Selection of the candidate(s) will be based on their academic achievements, scholastic references, and the applicability of their research to Coronado and/or the Jemez Historic Sites as previously described. The amount of an Academic Award will typically range from $500-$1,000, with a maximum award of $2,500. More than one student may be a recipient.  Students may receive a FCHS Academic Award twice within their academic career. Monies awarded to the recipient are to facilitate research expenses.


As a condition of accepting an Award, awardees must agree to provide a copy of all research, papers, and publications funded by this award to the Coronado Historic Site to be maintained in its research library. Additionally, awardees will be expected to give a presentation to the Friends of Coronado Historic Site summarizing research findings and conclusions.

Mail applications to:

FCHS Academic Award

485 Kuaua Rd.

Bernalillo, NM   87004


Email questions to Janice Kunz, Chair:

FCHS Academic Award Committee