Undergraduate Scholarships/Internships

Geology Department Scholarships - Undergraduate Only

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.

How to apply: Submit the following to Kate Blizzard in the Geology Office - ES 240. Deadline is typically in the Spring Quarter.
  1. A letter of application, including a statement of how you expect to include geomorphology in your career goals.

The Department of Geology Kurt Schmierer Memorial Scholarship

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.

How to Apply: Submit the following to Kate Blizzard in the Geology Office - ES 240.

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

The Department of Geology Undergraduate Tuition/Fee Waiver

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

How to Apply: Submit the following to Kate Blizzard in the Geology Office - ES 240. Deadline typically Spring Quarter.

  1. A letter of application addressing your career goals.
  2. A current transcript for both WWU (unofficial is acceptable) and any non-WWU coursework.
  3. A list of classes you are taking the current (Spring) quarter.
  4. Your expected graduation date.

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.

How to apply: Submit the following to Kate Blizzard in the Geology Office - ES 240. Deadline typically Fall quarter.

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

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.

How to apply: Submit the following to Kate Blizzard in the Geology Office - ES 240. Deadline is typically Spring Quarter.

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

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 $500. 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.

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  1. 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.
  2. A statement of other support, including awards received or pending, including copies of the proposals submitted;
  3. A budget of total proposed field and laboratory expenses, and how much of the total is requested from the Geology Department;
  4. A transcript for any classes not taken at WWU (for undergraduates only);
  5. A statement of support from your faculty adviser.

Proposals should be submitted to the department chair's office not later than April 15, unless that falls on a weekend or holiday, in which case it will be the following school day. 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 notification letter 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.

The Myrl E. Beck, Jr. Scholarship

This award will be in the form of an advance for support of research leading to an Honors 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.

How to apply: Submit the following to Kate Blizzard in the Geology Office - ES 240

  1. A brief research proposal.
  2. Budget of proposed expenses.
  3. A current transcript for any non-WWU coursework.
  4. Short statement of career goals.

Other WWU Scholarship Opportunities:

Washington State Scholarships Opportunities:

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship - The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.

Washington Rock and Gem Clubs:

These scholarships are sometimes specific to the county where the club resides. Please check out your local club to see if they might have a scholarship program.

Mt. Baker Rock and Gem Club

The Mount Baker Rock and Gem Club (MBRGC) generally fund a $1,500 scholarship to a qualified student pursuing a degree in geology or an earth science education-related field.  Please look for application announcements in December. The scholarship is always presented at the Club’s Annual Rock and Gem Show at Bloedel-Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave., Bellingham, sometime in March.  The deadline for submitting completed applications is generally in February.

Marysville Rock and Gem Club, Inc.

The Marysville Rock and Gem Club Inc. is a non-profit lapidary Club. In support of education and to further understanding of our hobby, the Club has elected to establish a Scholarship Fund to assist an undergraduate student who has a minimum of 45 credits and is enrolled with a major in a geology, or earth and space, or physical science related program at a local college or university located in western Washington. Scholarship amount's vary each year. Please look for announcements in September or October of each year.

North Seattle Lapidary & Mineral Club

The North Seattle Lapidary & Mineral offers a cash scholarship of $2500 (this may vary). One of the purposes of the NSLMC is to advance the study and enjoyment of Geology in our community. The applicants are reviewed on academic merit, demonstrated participation in extracurricular activities such as University, public and/or community service, potential for a successful career in the field of Geology and need for financial assistance. Please look for announcements in January. Deadline April 1, 2017

Skagit Rock and Gem Club

The Skagit Rock and Gem Club offers a $1000 scholarship to a qualified student attending Western Washington University in an accredited Earth Sciences or Geology Program. The Scholarship is based on Ability, need, and intent to continue in the specified field of study. Application Deadline generally around November 1st.

These scholarships are sometimes specific to the county where the club resides. Please check out your local club to see if they might have a scholarship program.

Kitsap Mineral and Gem Society

Scholarship specific to a Kitsap County Student. Award is generally $1000 - $500. Application deadline is March or April of each year.

Other Scholarship/Internship Opportunities:

Please check the opportunities below. If you find other geoscience scholarships that our students can apply to please let us know and we will add to this list. 

AAPG Foundation Grants for Students

AAPG Foundation Grants for Military Veterans Scholarship Program

Americorps 

Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) - Beardsley-Kuper Field Camp Scholarship Fund, deadline is February 1, 2016

AEG Foundation - Scholarships for undergraduates & graduates

AIPG - National Undergraduate Scholarship, Foundation of AIPG William J. Siok Graduate Scholarship Program

Alaska Geological Society - Scholarships

American Geosciences Institute - Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for undergraduate women pursuing a graduate degree $5000 Application deadline generally early January

American Museum of Natural History - The Helen Fellowship - Application Open October each year. Research/Teaching

Amercian Society for Engineering Education - Internship and Scholarships

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists - Scholarships/Grants

AIPG - National Undergraduate Scholarship, Foundation of AIPG William J. Siok Graduate Scholarship Program

Association for Women Geoscientists - Chrysalis Scholarship & AWG Minority Scholarship

Association for Women in Science - Seattle Chapter - Scholarship for Women in Science $1000 - $5000 Due March 15, 2017 4-7 scholarships per year.

AWG - Brunton Award - The AWG Brunton Award promotes the future of field mapping and data acquisition for the upcoming generation of women geoscientists. The award will go to a female geoscience student at the senior level or in her early graduate studies who has been a summer intern, excelled at field camp, or performed field data collection that leads to a senior or graduate thesis. The award is funded by Brunton.

AWG - Sand Student Research Presentation Travel Award - This competitive award provides women geoscience students with support to present their research at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

AWG - Takken Student Research Presentation Travel Award - This competitive award provides women geoscience students with support to present their research at a national or international professional geoscience meeting other than the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

AWG - Winifred Goldring Award - The award, which consists of a one-year membership in both the Paleontological Society and AWG, will be presented to an outstanding female student interested in pursuing a career in paleontology.

AWG Minority Scholarship - This new program encourages young minority women to pursue an education and later a career in the geosciences. It provides financial aid and matches the student with a mentor in the same field who will offer guidance and support. This exchange will enhance the student’s experience and provide a view of the world ahead.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program - Scholarship

Evolving Earth Foundation - Research Grants

Fullbright Programs

The Geological Society of America - Field Camp Scholar Award, Bighorn Basin Field Award

GeoCorps - Paid Geoscientist opportunities on National Parks, National Forests, and BLM Lands

GSA - On To the Future - The On To the Future Program (OTF) is a grassroots initiative of the Geological Society of America (GSA) that addresses the organization’s overall strategic commitment to building a diverse geoscience community by engaging groups traditionally underrepresented in the geosciences. The OTF Program awards partial travel scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates studying in the geosciences, to attend their first GSA Annual Meeting. March 2017 is the next application date to attend the GSA annual Meeting.

Geothermal Resources Council - Interested in Geothermal there are a few scholarships/internships available

IRIS - Paid Internship program for student's interested in geophysics and seismology

Los Alamos National Laboratory Undergraduate Student Program - Paid Internships

MATE/UNOLS long-term Marine Technician Internship - For more information about the program and to apply, please read the instructions and fill out the application form on our website at: https://www.marinetech.org/prospective-students/

Mazamas - Research Grants

MIT Haystack Observatory Research Experiences for Undergraduates - Paid Internships

Mount Baker Volcano Research Center - Scholarship (February)

The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) - Field Camp Assistance Scholarship

NAGT & AWG - Crawford Field Camp Scholarship (specifically for women studying in the geosciences)

NASA Pathways Opportunities

National Science Foundation (NSF) - Undergraduate Student Opportunites

National Science Foundtion (NSF) - Graduate Student Opportunities

OSSI (NASA) - Student Opportunities

Peace Corps

Resource Assistance for Rural Environments - Americorps resource through the University of Oregon

Student Conservation Association

Society of Exploration Geophysiscists (SEG) - SEG Scholarship Opportunities

Sigma XI The Scientific Research Society - Grants-in-Aid of Research Program - Application Deadlines March 15 and October 15 annually

SMART (Department of Defense Education Program)

SOARS

UNAVCO - Internship Program/Research Opportunities/Study Abroad Program

USGS - SISNAR Internship Program

USGS - Pathways Programs

Van Nostrand Scholarship - For Single Parents The Van Nostrand scholarship is targeted to female 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, male single parents with dependent children who meet all of the financial and academic criteria applied to female 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 text books, supplies, and child care. Recipients will be supported until graduation if they remain in good academic standing and are making progress towards their degree. This is a super-good deal!!! Potential students can contact me for more information at deborah.donovan@wwu.edu. There is no deadline for submitting the application.

Washington Hydrogeology Symposium - Nadine Romero Scholarship - Application Deadline is March 1 annually

Western Washington University - Scholarship Center  Please check this site regularly for scholarships!