College of Science & Engineering

Geology Department Scholarship Application

Scholarship Application for Geology Academic Year Scholarships

APPLICATIONS DUE April 2, 2019 AT MIDNIGHT

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Available Scholarships


The David A. Rahm Scholarship

This award is given annually to a Geology major who has demonstrated interest, accomplishment, and understanding of the principles of geomorphology. This award, which will not exceed $500, is normally given to an upper-division undergraduate student; however, graduate students are eligible to apply as well.

To apply submit:

  • A letter of application, including a statement of how you expect to include geomorphology in your career goals
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The Kurt Schmierer Memorial Scholarship - Undergrad Scholarship only

The Department of Geology generally offers the Kurt Schmierer Memorial Scholarship. Funds are available through donations from family and friends of the late Kurt Schmierer. Kurt received his B.S. and M.S. from Western and was a dedicated geologist and outdoor enthusiast. Kurt's family and friends felt he would be most pleased to be able to assist fellow geology students to pursue their educational goals. The scholarship is to be offered to an undergraduate student majoring in Geology for two years with an option of continuation for a third year. The scholarship is forfeit if the student changes to other than a Geology major. Applicants must demonstrate substantial financial need. The scholarship is to be used to pay for tuition. The deadline for applications to the Department is typically Spring Quarter.

To apply submit:

  • A letter of application, including a statement of educational and career goals
  • A current WWU transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • A current transcript for any non-WWU coursework

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The Department of Geology Undergraduate Tuition/Fee Waiver

This award is restricted to undergraduates and is a merit award.

To apply submit:

  • A letter of application addressing your career goals
  • A current transcript for both WWU (unofficial is acceptable) and any non-WWU coursework
  • A list of classes you are taking the current (Spring) quarter

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The James L. Talbot Scholarship

This award is given annually to a student who is declared major in any of the specialties of the geological sciences who can demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need.

To apply submit:

  • An application letter addressing your financial need and career goals.
  • A current transcript for both WWU (unofficial is acceptable) and non-WWU coursework.
  • A current resume, including your work history, outside or community service, and professional affiliations.

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The Antoni "Jontek" Wodzicki Scholarship

This award is given annually to a student who is majoring in any of the specialties of the geological sciences, with preference given to students studying in fields related to economic geology, mineralogy, and/or who are attending summer or spring field camp. Also, special consideration will be given to students from developing country.

To apply submit:

  • An application letter addressing your career goals, academic interests, financial need, and relevance (if any) to the preference guidelines of the award.
  • A current transcript for both WWU (unofficial is acceptable) and non-WWU coursework.
  • A list of classes you are taking the current (Spring) quarter.

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Geology Department Advance for Research

The Department of Geology will generally draws on its donation fund held by the Western Foundation to grant small advances for research expenses to undergraduate and graduate students in the department. Funds are available for field and laboratory expenses, which may include costs of analyses performed at other institutions. The amount of the advances will vary and will not exceed $800. All applicants are expected to apply for funds outside of the department. The effort you make to gather outside money will be a factor in our decisions to offer these grants. Past recipients of Departmental Research Advances for Field Work may apply again, but preference will be given to first-time applicants. Recipients will receive a contract informing them of the award and outlining the reporting requirements of the Western Foundation; when that letter is signed and returned, an advance will be dispensed.

To apply submit:

  • A research proposal approximately 2 pages in length; or a proposal submitted for another grant to fund the same research, include a cover letter to the Chair outlining how you would use the Departmental Advance in your research
  • A statement of other support, including awards received or pending, including copies of the proposals submitted
  • A budget of total proposed field and laboratory expenses, and how much of the total is requested from the Geology Department
  • A transcript for any classes not taken at WWU (for undergraduates only)
  • A statement of support from your faculty adviser

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The Myrl E. Beck, Jr. Scholarship

This award will be in the form of an advance for support of research leading to a Senior Thesis. The amount of the award will typically be $1000. The award will only be available to students in their final year of study. Research should involve paleomagnetism and/or tectonics, and ideally should require use of the equipment in the Pacific Northwest Paleomagnetism Laboratory housed in the Department of Geology.

To apply submit:

  • A brief research proposal
  • Budget of proposed expenses
  • A current transcript for any non-WWU coursework
  • Short statement of career goals

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Marion Van Nostrand Scholarship

Please NOTE: This is not a Geology Specific Scholarship. Please Contact Deb Donovan (Biology) for more information at deborah.donovan@wwu.edu. This scholarship is for women who are single parents with dependent children, who are majoring in a STEM* field, have demonstrated financial need through the FAFSA document, are in good academic standing, making progress toward a degree, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. However, men who are single parents with dependent children who meet all of the financial and academic criteria applied to women recipients will also be considered. The scholarship pays the full cost of in-state tuition and student fees. Each recipient also receives $1000 per year towards textbooks, supplies, and child care.

Recipients will be supported until WWU undergraduate degree is obtained if they remain in good academic standing and are making progress towards their degree.

* STEM - Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering (ABET accredited programs only), Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics and CSE Science Education.

Potential students can contact Deb Donovan (Biology) for more information at deborah.donovan@wwu.edu. There is no deadline for submitting the application.

To apply:
Must be single parent with dependent children and meet the above criteria