Undergraduate Scholarships/Internships




If you have any questions regarding the application process please do not hesitate to contact the Geology Department office in ES 240 or by email at Geology@wwu.edu.

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 $800, is normally given to an upper-division undergraduate student; however, graduate students are eligible to apply as well.

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 Department of Geology Undergraduate Tuition/Fee Waiver *

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

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.

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.

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.

Interested applicants should submit the following: Please submit and apply above.

  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.

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.

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.

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 $1000 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.  Due date is by November 10, 2018. FileMARYSVILLE ROCK AND GEM CLUB SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 2018 V1.docx 

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.

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 November 1st. FileSkagit Rock and Gem Club app 2018.docx

Kitsap Mineral and Gem Society

Scholarship specific to a Kitsap County Student. Award is generally $1000 - $500.
The Rock and Gem 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.

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 - January 15 - April 15 deadline annually

AAPG Foundation Grants for Military Veterans Scholarship Program - January 15 - May 15 deadline annually

AISES American Indian Science and Engineering Society If you are a Tribal Member there are some amazing scholarships available to you.

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

AEG Foundation - Various Scholarships for undergraduates & graduates. Most require that you be a member of the AEG.

AEG – Student Resources:  Please check out the excellent article “Thoughts on a Career in Geology” Part 1 – Preparing For and Landing Your First Job  Part 2-Excelling in Your Career  There are several bulleted items that you might want to check out that will help you with your job search. 

AIPG - National Undergraduate Scholarship Applications must be received by February 15. Awarded the month of May.  Foundation of AIPG William J. Siok Graduate Scholarship Program (if you applying to grad school and are accepted)

Alaska Geological Society - Scholarships Deadline February 1.

American Geosciences Institute - Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for undergraduate women pursuing a graduate degree $5000 Application deadline generally early January. The application process opens in October of each fall for the next academic year.

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

Association for Women in Science - Seattle Chapter - Scholarship for Women in Science $1000 - $5000 Due generally in March of each year 4-7 scholarships per year.

Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) - Pacific Northwest Chapter - Janet Tanaka Scholarship - To encourage the participation of women in the geosciences; to exchange education, technical, and professional information; and to enhance the professional growth and advancement of women in the geosciences. Award amount $1000. Application deadline cycle generally at the end of January.

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. Deadline November 15th.

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. $500 Applications must be submitted by August 10th each year.

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. Application Deadline: Two competitions will be held each year. Applications for the first competition must be submitted by February 10th. Applications for the second competition must be submitted by August 10th.

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. Deadline April 15th.

AWG - Undergraduate Excellence in Paleontology Award - $1,000 Application deadline April 15th.

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. This award amount may total up to $6000. Application Deadline: June 30th each year

AWG Maria Luisa Crawford Field Camp Scholarships - This program encourages promising young women who pursue geoscience careers through attendance at field camp. Two $750 scholarships are awarded annually through a competitive process. Application Deadline February 14th.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program - Scholarship Online Application opens first Tuesday in September.

Colorado Scientific Society - Offers several grants ranging from $600 to $1000 each will be awarded for field-oriented research on geology, geochemistry, and geophysics of the Rocky Mountain region. In addition, grants as large as $600 are awarded for engineering geology research (with no restriction on geographic area of interest) and one or more grants for as much as $1200 is offered for studies on the Heart Mountain fault in northwestern Wyoming or for Quaternary studies with no geographic restriction. Application deadline is generally March 31.

Evolving Earth Foundation - Research Grants (Senior Thesis assistance) Deadline cycle is usually around March 1.

The Explorers Club - Student Grants. The goal of this grant category is to foster a new generation of explorers dedicated to the advancement of the scientific knowledge of our world. The average award is approximately $1,500.

Fullbright Programs 2018-2019 Competition Deadline: Generally October.

The Geological Society of America (GSA) - Grants and Scholarships

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 is the typical 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

Juneau Icefield Research Program - there are partial scholarships available for this program. Applications deadlines are on or around February 9th.

KECK Geology Consortium - The Keck Geology Consortium, with support from the National Science Foundation (EAR 1659322), offers distinctive research experiences research experiences for undergraduates (REU).Typically, several different projects are available in each of two distinctive programs that are designed for students with different educational backgrounds and interests. Application Deadline is on or around February 15, each year.

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

Mosaics In Science - The Mosaics in Science (MIS) Diversity Internship Program provides college students and recent graduates 18-35 years old that are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career fields with on-the-ground, natural resource science-based, work experience in the National Park System. Each internship is comprised of working eleven weeks in a park followed by a four day career workshop held in Washington, D.C. This program is run in partnership with Environment for the Americas and Greening Youth Foundation.

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

NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program (PGGURP) - Internships

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship  The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer.The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship. Hollings Alumni report that the experience influenced their academic and career paths, expanded their professional networks and improved their skills for working in NOAA mission fields. 100% of Hollings Scholars surveyed said that they would recommend this opportunity to other students. Look for the application in September of each year.

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)


The Tobacco Root Geological Society - Scholarships Fund Research up to $1000. Application Deadlines - Generally February 15, annually.

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!

Woods Hole Partnership Education Program - PEP -  is designed for college students, with priority given to entering juniors and seniors, majoring in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, or geosciences and earth system sciences) or engineering or mathematics or social sciences, who have had some course work in oceanography, biology, or marine and/or environmental science.