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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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 Asian Pacific Community Fund partners with Verizon to financially assist students in their pursuit of higher education as they face the challenge of significantly rising costs of obtaining a college degree. These awards will support those who excel academically, are leaders amongst their peers and are making a positive impact in their communities.
Students who are residents of California, Oregon or Washington OR students attending college in one of those states
High School Senior who plan to enroll as a 1st year college student in a U.S. accredited 4-year college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student majoring in math, engineering, or a science (Please check website for complete listing of majors eligible for this scholarship)
Have a minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0
The NSHSS Foundation provides STEM scholarships for underrepresented groups in order to help reduce financial barriers for those with academic and leadership potential and the desire to pursue STEM careers. We recognize that in order to increase diversity in the technology workforce, we must increase diversity in undergraduates.
The Foundation awards scholarships to applicants who are pursuing a degree in, or closely related to, one of the following STEM disciplines:
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
Computer and Computational Sciences, including Statistics and Accounting
Materials Science and Engineering
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
Teaching in STEM areas
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.
College of Science - Geology Must be a geology major. Students must submit an application. Award based on academic record, and service in department.
A student must intend to pursue a college curriculum directed toward a career in applied geophysics. A student must meet one of the following requirements: (a) Attending high school and planning to enter college next fall; (b) An undergraduate or graduate college student whose grades are above average. Certain scholarships administered by the SEG Foundation may impose additional eligibility requirements, as set forth by the sponsors of those awards.
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.
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.
M&E/Pfleider Scholarship applications must be submitted online via SME’s Scholarship
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 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.
Must be a resident of Kansas majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics.
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.
To support remote sensing education and stimulate the development of applications of high-resolution digital satellite imagery for applied research by undergraduate or graduate students.
Full time undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited college or university in the USA or Canada with image processing facilities appropriate for conducting the proposed work.
Student member of ASPRS
A grant of satellite imagery data up to 500 square kilometers (potential value of up to $20,000), and a certificate inscribed with the recipient’s name.
This award is presented by the ASPRS Foundation, with funding provided by The DigitalGlobe Foundation.
DigitalGlobe will consider additional recipients per year based on the selection committee’s recommendation of an additional candidate’s merit.
Level of Imagery
The 500 square kilometers will be limited IKONOS and GeoEye-1 imagery from the DigitalGlobe archive and can be the following product types:
IKONOS (1M Panchromatic, 4M Multispectral, or 1M Pansharpenend Multispectral)
Geo Stereo (US only)
GeoProfessional (Ortho, US only)
GeoEye-1 (0.50-meter Panchromatic, 2-meter Multispectral, or 0.50-meter Pansharpenend Multispectral)
Geo Stereo (US only)
GeoProfessional (Ortho, US only)
Established in honor of AIA Honorary President Jane Waldbaum, this scholarship is intended to help students who are planning to participate in archaeological field work for the first time. Students majoring in archaeology or related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Fund provides $1000 each to help pay expenses associated with participation in an archaeological field work project (minimum stay one month/4 weeks). The scholarship is open to students who have begun their junior year of undergraduate studies at the time of application and have not yet completed their first year of graduate school at a college or university in the United States or Canada. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must not have previously participated in archaeological field work of any kind. The committee will consider both academic achievement and financial need in its deliberations.
AIA scholarships are open to students from all backgrounds. Minority and disadvantaged students are encouraged to apply.
For more information, please contact Deanna Baker, Membership and Societies Administrator.
The Waldbaum Scholarship will be awarded to junior and senior undergraduates and first-year graduate students only.
All applicants must complete the following:
Complete online application form
Provide names and emails of two references. Your references will receive an email with instructions for submitting their recommendations online. You are responsible for ensuring that both referees have submitted their letters of recommendation online by the application deadline.
Send transcripts: Transcripts must be official and include at least two full years of completed college-level work (4 semesters or 6 quarters), not counting AP credits. If you are a transfer student and have attended your current school for less than two years, please submit transcripts from your previous school(s) in order to provide a record of at least two full years of completed college-level work (4 semesters/6 quarters), not counting AP credits. Post-Baccalaureate and first year graduate students must submit both undergraduate and post-graduate transcripts.
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