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The academic field of geology is also referred to as earth science. Geology involves the study of our planet Earth along with its history and composition. This science major requires sharp quantitative analysis and spatial thinking skills. You'll also need initiative and physical stamina. Read the following paragraphs to find out more about this field along with the world of geology scholarships.

Geology degree programs are designed so that degree candidates begin their studies with an introductory exploration of the relevant science and math topics needed for the field. With the study of the earth growing increasingly quantitative, the field of geology has evolved to rely more heavily on math. 

After the introductory courses are completed you'll then face the high-end core geology courses. These may include topics such as petrology, hydrogeology, tectonics and stratigraphy. You may select a concentration for your undergraduate studies, such as geochemistry or geophysics. However, if you want to specialize in fields like geochronology or paleomagnetics you'll have to wait till you get to grad school.

While there are plenty of job opportunities for geology majors, if you want to be a geologist or conduct high-level research you're going to need a doctorate. If the bachelor's is your terminal degree you may want to consider employment in the energy industry. The nations reliance on oil and natural gas will mean increased employment opportunities in this field over the coming decade. 

Another segment of growth for geology majors will be in the environmental regulatory compliance field. As sustainability continues to be popular there will increased demand for individuals capable of ensuring responsible land and water use. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs for geoscientists will increase by 21% over the coming decade which is much faster than average.

Follow the links below to continue exploring the world of geology scholarships.

William C. Foster Fellows Visiting Scholars Program

Foster Fellows must be citizens of the United States, on the faculty of a recognized institution of higher learning, and tenured or on a tenure track or equivalent; they also must have served as a permanent career employee of the institution for at least ninety days before selection for the program. The Department of State is an equal opportunity employer. Selections will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or physical handicap that does not interfere with the performance of duties. Prior to appointment, applicants will be subject to a full-field background security investigation for a Top Secret security clearance. Candidates will not be extended a formal offer of appointment until a security clearance has been granted and all other requirements have been met. This procedure can take up to six months. Visiting scholars will also be subject to applicable Federal conflict of interest laws and standards of conduct.

CDM Scholarship/Internship

Scholarship Value: $6,000 Classifications: Open Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligible Majors: Engineering, Science Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: CDM and its subsidiaries, CDM Federal Programs Corporation and CDM Constructors, Inc. in association with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) have established a scholarship/internship program for six students who have a 3.0 grade point average or above and who are majoring in a variety or engineering, science or construction disciplines, such as chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, geology/hydrogeology, geography, GIS, mechanical, mining and structural or will be pursuing a masters degree in one of the aforementioned disciplines. Apply Online Donor/Sponsor Name: CDM Donor/Sponsor URL: http://www.cdm.com Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.

MMSA/SMEF Presidential Scholarship

The Mining and Metallurgical Society of America and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Foundation offer one significant scholarship (MMSA/SMEF Scholarship) on an annual basis to an outstanding student whose study program encompasses any aspect of the extractive minerals industry. The scholarship will be awarded to a student whose study program is directed toward: a. Mining or geological engineering. b. Metallurgy, metallurgical engineering, or chemical engineering as related to metal recovery. c. Mining or mineral exploration geology. d. Environmental science or engineering as related to mining activities. Applicant Qualifications: MMSA/SMEF Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Have completed at least three years of undergraduate studies with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50. 2. Be an SME student member in good standing. 3. Attend a school that is ABET-accredited and/or has an SME student chapter. 4. Demonstrate a desire for and a probability of success in a career in the minerals industry. Application Requirements: MMSA/SMEF Scholarship applications must be submitted online through SME’s scholarship application portal (https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/smeapp). The online application requires the following information: 1. Demographic and contact information. 2. Short statement (one page) describing applicant’s interest in/passion for a career in the extractive minerals industry. 3. Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be from university faculty. 4. Résumé detailing past education and work experience. 5. Copy of most recent transcript (unofficial transcripts are OK). 6. Anticipated expenses/income for the current academic year.

Arthur A. Meyerhoff Memorial Grant

For graduate students in the earth sciences whose research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-minerals resources, and to related environmental geology issues. Grants will be based on merit and, in part, on the financial needs of the applicant. Factors weighed in selection of successful applicants include: qualifications of the applicant as indicated by past performance, originality and imagination of the proposed project, support by the department in which the work is being done, and perceived significance of the project to science and industry. The program focuses on support of qualified candidates for masters and equivalent degrees. Qualified doctoral candidates with expenses beyond the usual scope of funding by other agencies are also encouraged to apply.

Mike Johnson Scholarship Foundation

Selection of a successful candidate is based on merit and will be awarded a scholarship in the amount of $2,000.00 for the upcoming academic year. Applicants must meet the following criteria: Applicant Selection Criteria · Must be a resident of Virginia or Oregon · Must be a graduate of or be graduating from a Virginia or Oregon high school · Must either be: 1) Already enrolled and attending (college freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior) at an accredited, Virginia or Oregon four-year undergraduate (college/university) as a full-time student, or 2) Accepted to and/or attending an accredited Virginia or Oregon post-graduate Masters or PhD program, or 3) Accepted and will enroll in the upcoming fall semester at an accredited, Virginia or Oregon four-year undergraduate program (college/university) as a full-time student · Must have the intent to pursue, or be majoring in, a field of study related to the environment · Must have a strong commitment to physical fitness

Gretchen L. Blechschmidt Award

The Gretchen L. Blechschmidt Award supports research by women interested in achieving a Ph.D. in the geological sciences and a career in academic research, especially in the fields of biostratigraphy and/or paleoceanography, and who have an interest in sequence stratigraphy analysis, particularly in conjunction with research into deep-sea sedimentology. Only members of the Society are eligible. Grants are awarded only to individuals. Institutions, societies, universities, and so on are not eligible for grants. Only under the most unusual circumstances will postdoctorate and faculty research be supported. Undergraduate students are not eligible. GSA strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to participate fully in this grants program. Candidates for advanced degrees must present their projects under their own names and support them adequately by informative documentation. Grants will not carry allowances to institutions to cover overhead costs. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the scientific merits of the problems, the capability of the investigator, and reasonableness of the budget. Applications must be submitted on the current form.

William C. Foster Fellows Visiting Scholars Program

Foster Fellows must be citizens of the United States, on the faculty of a recognized institution of higher learning, and tenured or on a tenure track or equivalent; they also must have served as a permanent career employee of the institution for at least ninety days before selection for the program. The Department of State is an equal opportunity employer. Selections will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or physical handicap that does not interfere with the performance of duties. Prior to appointment, applicants will be subject to a full-field background security investigation for a Top Secret security clearance. Candidates will not be extended a formal offer of appointment until a security clearance has been granted and all other requirements have been met. This procedure can take up to six months. Visiting scholars will also be subject to applicable Federal conflict of interest laws and standards of conduct.

Huyck Research Grants

Huyck Research Grant awards are distributed each year to regional, national, and international applicants. The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station awards four to five Huyck Research Grants each year to selected scientists and graduate students. Over the last several decades, more than $250,000 in grants have been awarded to support research conducted at the Huyck Preserve. Huyck Research Grants help fund research projects in a variety of disciplines that focus on natural systems of the Huyck Preserve. We support work in basic and applied ecology, conservation biology, taxonomy, animal behavior, evolution, earth sciences, land use history, and other areas of natural science. The typical grant award is around $2,000, but can be as much as $3,500 for more established researchers and/or projects that involve extended residencies. Professors, graduate, and postdoctoral student investigators are all eligible. The funds may be used for the purchase of equipment, travel, food, publication costs, and stipends for assistant/student researchers. Preference is given to proposals that involve residencies of one week or longer. As part of the Huyck Preserve's continued efforts to share scientific research with the broader community and the members that have supported research endeavors at the Preserve, Huyck Research Grant recipients are required to participate in scientific outreach while they are in residence through presentations at our Annual Science Symposium, Thursday Night Lecture Series, our bi-annual newsletter, through guided public hikes, and/or as a guest lecturer for our educational programs. Grant applications are typically due the 2nd Friday in March each year.

The Journal of Environmental Investing Scholarship Program

US$3,500 to the graduate student who writes the most original and thorough manuscript on a topic related to environmental investing. Students seeking an advanced degree in any discipline related to environmental investing (such as environmental science, policy or law, sustainability, finance, economics, and public affairs and policy) are invited to present ideas and research. Interested and qualified students are invited to submit a curriculum vitae, a 225-word abstract of his/her manuscript, and a letter from his/her college or university attesting to the applicant’s academic status. These documents should be sent to the JEI SP at apply@jeisp.org. If an abstract proves acceptable, the author will be invited to submit an original manuscript of no more than 5,000 words, excluding notes, references, and supporting materials. Special consideration will be given to contributions from students in “emerging markets” as defined by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank. The deadline for applications is December 7, 2013. Manuscripts are due February 28, 2014. The Program expects to announce the winner by June 7, 2014.

AMS Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship

The American Meteorological Society is pleased to announce the AMS Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship program, open to all high school students and designed to encourage study in the atmospheric and related sciences. Serving as a unique example of various sectors of our field joining together to support young, talented minds, the scholarships are being sponsored by partners in industry, as well as through named scholarships either established by an AMS member or in memory of someone. The sponsors of these scholarships have all recognized the importance in encouraging young people to enter into the atmospheric and related sciences and thus have made generous contributions in support of the AMS Freshman Undergraduate Scholarship Program. Questions? Any questions may be directed to Donna Fernandez, Development and Student Program Manager, 617-227-2426 ext. 3907. AMS encourages applications from women, minorities, and disabled students who are traditionally underrepresented in the atmospheric and related oceanic sciences. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or hold permanent resident status and must be pursuing a degree at a U.S. institution.

Rotthas Award for International Studies

You must be a geography major or minor and have three references from faculty members. First priority will go to students participating in the London Centre and second priority will be to any student in an international program.

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