Earth Science Scholarships

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.

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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.

Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship

The Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce a national scholarship program for community college students. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students from community colleges, junior colleges, city colleges, or similar two-year educational institutions who will be transferring as geography majors to four year colleges and universities. These scholarships are funded by Darrel Hess, coauthor of the textbook Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation by McKnight and Hess, published by Prentice Hall. The award consists of a scholarship to be used for any educational expenses in the amount of $1,000 and a formal certificate of merit. The formal announcement of the award will take place at the annual meeting of the AAG. Eligibility: You are eligible to apply if you are a student currently enrolled at a US community college, junior college, city college, or similar two-year educational institution at the time you submit your application. You must also have completed at least two transfer courses in geography and plan to transfer to a four-year institution as a geography major during the coming academic year. Criteria: Selection will be based on the overall quality of the application, scholastic excellence and academic promise. Financial need will also be considered. The selection committee will observe the purposes and preferences noted above when evaluating proposals. Two awards of $1,000 will be made annually. Awards may not be made in years when funds are insufficient or proposals are not suitable.

ASDSO Senior Undergraduate Scholarship

he ASDSO Scholarship Program, established in 1992, awards annual undergraduate scholarships to U.S. citizens enrolled in accredited programs in engineering or related fields and planning careers related to the design, construction, or operation of dams. Scholarships have ranged from $5,000 to $10,000 in recent years. Successful recipients must be U.S. citizens and enrolled full-time at the senior level during the following year's academic term in an accredited civil engineering program, or in a related field as determined by ASDSO, and must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in hydraulics, hydrology or geotechnical disciplines, or in another discipline related to the design, construction and operation of dams. Minimum Criteria Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for the first three years of college and be recommended by their academic advisor. Basis for Award The basis for selection will generally follow these guidelines: Academic Scholarship Financial Need Work Experience/Activities Essay Announcement of successful candidates will be made in July of each year.

Fall 2017 Creative Biolabs Scholarship Program

Creative Biolabs awards 1000$ scholarship to one student who majors in science related field, enrolled as a freshman, undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university with an average GPA of 3.0 (or B). Applicants must submit a written assay (no less than 500 words) and a transcript of records (unofficial or official).

Mining & Exploration Division Scholarship and Eugene P. Pfleider Scholarship

The Mining & Exploration (M&E) Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration annually awards scholarships to promising college students who have chosen as a career path the field of mining engineering. Applicants must be majoring in mining, geology or other field of specialization covered by the M&E Division’s technical unit committees (Environmental Control & Reclamation, Geochemistry, Geology, Geomechanics, Geophysics, Hydrology, Open Pit Mining, Operations Research, Solution Mining, Underground Mining and Underground Ventilation). The Eugene P. Pfleider Memorial Scholarship is administered by the Mining & Exploration Division and is awarded on an annual basis to students pursuing careers in mining engineering. Eligible students may submit one application in consideration for both of these scholarships. See the scholarship guidelines for more information. Applicant Qualifications: M&E/Pfleider Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. 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 mining/minerals industry. Application Requirements: M&E/Pfleider Scholarship applications must be submitted online via SME’s Scholarship portal: 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 mining/minerals industry. 3. Two references, one from university faculty and one from an appropriate industry professional. 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.

Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) is a program designed to support young people and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program's three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community. To be eligible, students must be seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship. The application, which requires a letter of recommendation and an academic transcript, opens Wednesday March 8th. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12 at noon Eastern Standard Time. Please contact with any questions.

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Materials Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, and their subdisciplines, and related engineering fields: Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical. 2. Must be a United States citizen. 3. Must either be in your senior year with at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA OR be in your first year of a graduate program pursuing a Ph.D. OR be in a terminal masters program (your university offers no Ph.D. in your discipline) OR be returning from the workforce with no more than a masters degree. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Sustainable LawnCare Leaders Scholarship is proud to offer a $500 scholarship to an undergraduate student pursuing a career in sustainable botany, horticulture, landscape architecture, or a related field. We believe that sustainable practices are the key to a healthy planet and thriving environmental service industry. This scholarship is to help raise awareness about different sustainability efforts and why they are crucial for the success of those pursuing careers in these fields. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who meets the criteria and shows outstanding potential to be a front-runner for green practices in his or her career. Candidates must be United States citizens or legal residents enrolled full-time at an accredited college, university, or trade school.

Hertz Foundation Fellowships

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a Ph.D. in Aeronautics/Astronautics, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Applied Science, Astronomy, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Operations Research, Physics, Quantitative Biology, or Statistics. 2. Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident. 3. Must be a graduating college senior or current graduate student. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Frederick A. Sutton 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.

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.

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