Undergraduate Geology Scholarships
How to Apply
Welcome to the Geology Department scholarships and awards page!
The Geology Department offers multiple scholarships and research stipends for Geology majors and minors. Please click on the name of a scholarship below to check the description, purpose and eligibility requirements.
Applications are hosted and processed through Canvas. Geology students will be invited to the Geology Scholarship Canvas page in Spring quarter, where they may submit their applications.
Geology students will be notified via the department listserv when they have been invited to the Canvas course.
Applications typically close in May, and deadlines will be communicated through the department listserv.
Please contact the Geology Department if you are a declared Geology student and you have not been invited to the Canvas page.
College of Science and Engineering
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. Potential students can contact email@example.com for more information. There is no deadline for submitting the application.
This endowment is created and shall be operated exclusively to fund scholarships for students in the College of Sciences and Engineering.
- For an undergraduate student majoring in a CSE program
- Based on overall academic merit and must be children of single, divorced or widowed parents (adoptive or biological)
- Eligible students are those who at any time in their first 18 years either:
- Lived with one unmarried parent
- Had divorced parents
- Had one or more deceased parents
- Eligible students are those who at any time in their first 18 years either:
- Must demonstrate financial need through a FAFSA or WAFSA document
- Students awarded the Olson Scholarship the previous academic year can receive it for a second year, but no more than 2 years
For 31 years, Dave Engebretson was both a Geology Professor and life mentor to many students at Western Washington University. Dave achieved professional success despite his lifelong blindness. His disability was an inspiration to his students, and WWU and the Geology Department were extremely supportive throughout his career. In the later years of his career at WWU, Dave developed creative curricula including courses titled "Hearing the Mind's Eye", "Climate Related Geologic Hazards", "Sounds on Earth", "Interpretation of Geologic Data", and "Outdoor Science Learning Resources".
To honor Dave’s achievements, the David C. Engebretson Scholarly Activity Award was established.
This award is given to an undergraduate (majors and minors) or graduate student in Geology. This award is normally given to undergraduate students who employ a multi-disciplinary approach focused on research or education or a melding of both.
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.
- 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;
- An unofficial transcript for any classes not taken at WWU (for undergraduates only);
- 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 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 Geology Department is proud to announce the Robert and Bess Christman Scholarship Endowment. This award was established by gifts from the friends, family and colleagues of Robert and Bess Christman. Bob and Bess Christman were renowned for their kindness, generosity and service to others. Bob was a beloved colleague, teacher and mentor in the Geology department at Western Washington University. He served as the department chair and was known for his love of teaching, leading many field trips and workshops. Bob and Bess were both heavily involved in their community, distinguished by the mayor of Bellingham as Citizens of the Year in 2000. This scholarship is an extension of their legacy, with the goal to support students who will make a positive impact on others.
This award is given to an undergraduate or graduate student in Geology, with a preference for applicants who demonstrate an interest and passion for science education or plans to become a science teacher.
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.
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.
This award is restricted to undergraduates and is a merit award.
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.
This award will provide partial support for 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.
Scholarship applications are accepted February 15 – May 15.
Grants for graduate and undergraduate Geoscience students
Various Scholarships for undergraduates & graduates. Most require that you be a member of the AEG.
Applications due February 1
If you are a Tribal Member there are some amazing scholarships available to you.
Applications due February 1
The Helen Fellowship - Application Open October each year. Research/Teaching
Internship and Scholarships
Scholarship for Women in Science $1000 - $5000 Due generally in March of each year 4-7 scholarships per year.
Beardsley-Kuper Field Camp Scholarship Fund, deadline is generally February.
Applications open in September
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.
Research Grants (Senior Thesis assistance) Deadline cycle is usually around March 1.
Expanding Representation in Geosciences (ERG) Scholarship: Applications open in March, due in May
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Scholarships and internships available with Geothermal Resources Council
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.
The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship is also available for female students pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree at an accredited institution of higher education in a recognized geoscience program. The scholarship is a merit-based award, which is $5,000 per year, up to two years. Deadline is usually around January 1.
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.
There are partial scholarships available for this program. Applications deadlines are on or around February 9th.
Washington Hydrogeology Symposium Nadine Romero Scholarship
Application Deadline is March 1 annually
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.
Geoscience funding opportunities
Grants from the Tilford Fund are intended to recognize and support deserving undergraduate or graduate geology students who are Student Members of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists. The Tilford Fund does not support general and administrative (overhead) costs, technical or scientific consulting fees, or equipment purchase or maintenance costs of an educational institution employing or teaching individuals who receive grants from it.
Grants-in-Aid of Research Program - Application Deadlines March 15, and October 15, annually
Undergraduate and Graduate student scholarships
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.
Grants and Scholarships
Scholarships Fund Research up to $1000. Application Deadlines - Generally February 15, annually.
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.
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 of $2000, or two $1000 scholarships, 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.
The Mount Baker Rock and Gem Club (MBRGC) generally fund a 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.
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.
• Declared Geology Major
• Minimum Sophomore status with at least two quarters left after the receipt of the award
• 3.0 GPA or better
• Financial need
Send all application materials to: NSL&MC Scholarship Committee, 15428 62nd Ave. NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
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.
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.
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.