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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.

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

Bruce L. Biff Reed Award

The Bruce L. Biff Reed Award is for graduate students pursuing studies in the tectonic and magmatic evolution of Alaska and also can fund other geological research. 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.

SEG Foundation Scholarship Program

General requirements for eligibility: (1) A student must intend to pursue a college curriculum directed toward a career in Exploration Geophysics (2) A student must be one of the following: (a) Attending high school and planning to enter college next fall. (b) An undergraduate or graduate college student whose grades are above average. (3) A student's need of financial assistance will be considered. (4) Certain scholarships administered by the Foundation impose additional qualifications; whether an applicant meets these qualifications can be determined if the questionnaire on the inner pages of the folder is completed.

John D. Isaacs Scholarship

The scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors in California. To be eligible, a student must first have entered a regional or county science fair with a project related to any of the marine sciences -- geology, biology, meteorology, chemistry, etc. -- or to marine technology. (For information about entering their local science fair, students should talk with their science teachers or department heads.) In addition, the student must have applied to (and must be the following fall have enrolled in) a college or university in California.

Raymond C. Moore 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.

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.

SEG/John R. Butler Endowed Scholarship

SEG Scholarships are based on merit. To qualify, you must be: A student who is either: Attending high school and planning to enter college next fall; An undergraduate or graduate college student whose grades are above average. Intending to pursue a college curriculum directed toward a career in applied geophysics or a closely related field, such as geosciences, physics, geology, or earth and environmental sciences.

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.

Eileen Jahansen Memorial Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in Geography. 2. Must be an undergraduate student. 3. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 4. The student must submit an essay with a minimum of 300 words explaining: o Who they are. o Where they see themselves going with a degree in Geography. o What this scholarship will allow them to accomplish. 5. Full-time students may be given preference, but other students are also eligible. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the Administrative Support Coordinator of the Geography Department ((562) 985-4977; ) for more information and an application form.

Chrysalis Scholarship Fund

1. The applicant must be a woman whose education has been interrupted for at least one (1) year. 2. The applicant must be a candidate for an advanced degree in a geoscience field. 3. The applicant must be completing her thesis during the current academic year. 4. The applicant should be a woman who has contributed and will continue to contribute to both the geosciences and the larger world community through her academic and personal strenghts.

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