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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.

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Gustavus E. Archie 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. The Gustavus E. Archie Memorial International Grant is awarded to two deserving graduate students enrolled in a school outside the U.S., for study of petrophysics and/or development geology of an area outside the U.S., through the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Grants-in-Aid program. It is endowed by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation, through generous contributions from Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Sneider, Shell Oil Company and numerous other friends and associates.

Gordon I. Atwater 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.

STEM Scholarships

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 Biosciences/Pre-med/health-related fields Chemical Engineering Chemistry Civil Engineering Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences Computer and Computational Sciences, including Statistics and Accounting Electrical Engineering Geosciences Information Sciences Materials Science and Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Nuclear Engineering Oceanography Operations Research Physics Teaching in STEM areas

AAPGF Grants-in-Aid 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.

Anthony Anderson Scholarship Program

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM GPA 2.5 RESIDENCY STATUS U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES HBCUs ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, College 5th Year Senior, Master's Student, Doctoral/Professional Student MAJORS Actuarial Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Animal Science, Applied Mathematics, Art, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnical, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Communications, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Science/MIS, Computer Technology, Construction Engineering, Controls Engineering, Earth Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Engineering Construction Technology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science(s),, Food Science, Forestry Engineering, Geological Engineering, Geoscience, Geotechnical, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, Marine Sciences, Material Science, Materials Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Mathematical Statistics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Packaging Engineering, Paper Science, Petroleum Engineering, Physical Sciences, Planetary Science, Plastics/Polymers Engineering, Pulp & Paper Engineering Engineering, Science, Science Technology, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Wood Science

Lois B. Krieger/Metropolitan Water District Scholarship

Provides a scholarship to a student currently enrolled or enrolling the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program with a water resource management specialization within the College of Business and Public Administration, the BS program in Environmental Geology, or any future water-related majors developed at CSUSB, has a minimum GPA of 3.25, is currently employed in or expressed interest in pursuing a career in water, must currently reside in MWDs 5,200 square mile service area and has lived in the service area for at least one year (Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties). The most recent award was $1,450.

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.

Marilyn Atwater 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.

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Foundation Scholarships

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.

Santa Clara Valley Gem and Mineral Society Scholarship

College of Science - Geology Award: Annual Criteria: Call number 408-924-4425 for more information.

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.

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