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Geology 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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The Heinlein Society

Three $1,250 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities. The “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship” is dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences. The other two scholarships may be awarded to either a male or female, and add “Science Fiction as literature” as an eligible field of study.

The Heinlein Society

Three $1,250 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities. The “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship” is dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences. The other two scholarships may be awarded to either a male or female, and add “Science Fiction as literature” as an eligible field of study.

Abraham Anson Memorial Scholarship for Geospatial Science and Technology

The American Society For Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Scholarship is dedicated to encourage students to pursue education in the areas of geospatial science or technology associated with remote sensing, photogrammetry, surveying and mapping. The applicant is required to be enrolled or anticipating to enroll in a United States university or institution in the field of geospatical science, surveying and mapping, or a related field. The applicant is required to submit with the application a list of all relevant courses taken, a statement of work experience including technical papers, special projects, internships, and courses taught that may reflect the student’s abilities in the field.Academic Disciplines/Professional Aspirations: Engineering/Technology; Surveying; Surveying Technology, Geographical Information Science, or Cartography.Award: This scholarship is for use during freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior years. This scholarship is not renewable. Number: The number of scholarships awarded is 1. Amount: The amount of the scholarship awarded is $1,000.Requirements for Eligibility: The applicant is required to be enrolled or anticipating to enroll at a four-year college or university. This scholarship is accessible only to citizens of the United States.Requirements for Application: Application, essay composition, school transcript, resume, and personal references. Deadline: December1.

Robert N. Colwell Memorial Fellowship

Purpose * The purpose of the Award is to encourage and commend college/university graduate students or post-doctoral researchers who display exceptional interest, desire, ability, and aptitude in the field of remote sensing or other related geospatial information technologies, and who have a special interest in developing practical uses of these technologies.Eligibility * The Award is made to a graduate student (Masters or Ph.D. level) currently enrolled or intending to enroll in a college or university in the United States or Canada, or a recently graduated (within three years of graduation) post-doctoral researcher, who is pursuing a program of study aimed at starting a professional career where expertise is required in remote sensing or other related geospatial information technologies.Award * The award consists of a certificate and a check in the amount of $5,000 and a one-year student or associate membership (new or renewal) in ASPRS. * The award is presented by the ASPRS Foundation from funds donated by students, associates, colleagues, and friends of Robert Colwell, one of the world's most respected leaders in remote sensing, a field that he stewarded from the interpretation of World War II aerial photographs to the advanced acquisition and analysis of many types of geospatial data from military and civilian satellite programs.ApplicationA current or beginning graduate student or post-doctoral researcher who wishes to be considered for the award must submit an application that includes the following items: * A listing of courses taken, and/or those to be taken, in remote sensing or other related geospatial information technologies, recognizing that instruction in remote sensing is often embedded in courses taught in many different disciplines. * An official transcript of all college/university level courses completed and grades received to demonstrate scholastic ability. * A listing of internships, special projects or work experience; technical papers, research reports or other documents; courses taught as a lecturer or teaching assistant; and presentations made that may support the applicant’s capabilities in this field. * Three letters of recommendation from faculty members or professionals having knowledge of the applicant’s capabilities (demonstrated or potential). * A statement, not to exceed 2 pages, detailing the applicant’s educational and/or research goals that relate to the advancement of remote sensing or other related geospatial information technologies and the applications of these technologies for mapping, monitoring and/or assessing land (including coastal) resources and helping solve land resource planning or management issues. (Note: Dr. Colwell’s research focused mostly on developing and demonstrating practical uses of remote sensing.)Award Selection * The Selection Committee evaluates each applicant, applying equal weight to each of the five items listed above. The applicant who, in the opinion of the majority of the Committee, has the highest overall ranking is designated as the winner.

Master

College of Science - Geology For a graduate student in Dept. of Geology. Submission of thesis proposal, with signature of faculty advisor. Competitively awarded.

South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association Scholarship

Who is eligible for SDSWMA Scholarship? An applicant should desire a career in a trade supportive to the protection and enhancement of our natural resources and environment, the solid waste industry and/or related fields. Applicants must intend to enroll for the fall semester. Preference will be given to South Dakota residents intending to or enrolled at a South Dakota institution of higher learning, vocational school, or other post-secondary trade school. High school seniors are eligible to apply. Part-time studies will be considered if applicant can show good cause for other than full-time studies and that the course of study is directed toward a degree, certificate or similar identification of graduation. Students who have received an SDSWMA scholarship in the past are eligible to apply each year although preference will be given to new applicants. Children and spouses of Scholarship Committee members are not eligible. What is considered a course of study that will provide protection and enhancement of our natural resources and the environment or solid waste Industry? SDSWMA membership consists of a broad range of industries relating to and supporting the proper disposal, reuse, hauling, or recycling of solid waste. Related fields include but are not limited to business administration, accounting, biology, chemistry, trucking, geology, hydrology, engineering, auto mechanics, computer science, heating / ventilation / refrigeration, environmental sciences, engineering technicians, government administration, agribusiness, education, biohazard, energy technology, and more.

Geology Scholarships

The recipient must be an outstanding junior in the Department of Geology. Financial need is not considered, and the student must have a GPA of at least 3.0. Contact the geology department for application information.

August Mack Outstanding Sophomore Junior Award

Scholarship RequirementsThe recipient must be an outstanding sophomore or junior in the geology department. Financial need is not considered, but the student must have a GPA of at least 3.0. Contact the geology department for application information.

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.

HSF/Marathon Oil Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Be of Hispanic American, African American, Asian Pacific Islander American, or American Indian/Alaskan Native heritage. Be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired) Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Be a current Sophomore majoring in one of the following: Accounting Chemical Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Science Electrical Engineering Environmental Engineering Geology/Geosciences Information Technology (IT/MIS) Mechanical Engineering Petroleum Engineering - OR - Be a current Senior planning to enroll in a Master's degree program majoring in one of the following: Geology/Geosciences Petroleum Engineering Must submit a resume with your application Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

William C. Ade Prize

Scholarship Criteria: * Undergraduate geology students * Award is available to any class standing (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) * Student must participate in the Area Concentration Achievement Tests (ACAT) exam * The prize is awarded to the student who achieves the highest score on the ACAT exam

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