HGS Foundation Scholarships

Houston Geological Society

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Grant amount: Approximately US $1,500

Anticipated deadline: Jun 15, 2020

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Texas

Location of citizenship: United States

University restriction: Rice University University of Houston Texas A&M University University of Texas Sam Houston State University Stephen F. Austin State University Lamar University

Minimum GPA: 3.0

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NOTE: Each fall, the head of the geosciences department at each university is contacted. The university submits two nominees and notifies the students of their nomination. Each student is then required to file an application to the Foundation by the deadline listed above. 

The Houston Geological Society Foundation was established in 1984 with the intent of providing scholarships to deserving undergraduate geosciences majors.  The Foundation was incorporated in 1985 and achieved tax-exempt status from the IRS later the same year as a nonprofit Section 501c (6) organization for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes.  As of March 2011, Foundation trustees include: John Adamick (chairman), David Fontaine (Treasurer), Shannon Lemke (Secretary), James Painter, Susan Black, Paul Hoffman, James Ragsdale, and Evelyn Medvin.  The Foundation has provided over $184,000 in scholarships since its inception.

The Foundation uses a variety of means to try and raise scholarship funds. Direct donations, the HGS membership dues process, Vendors Corner proceeds, matching-fund donations, and golf tournaments all produce funds that help support our scholarship program.  In 2011, the HGS also allowed the Foundation and Calvert (graduate) scholarship programs to recruit sponsors for Legends Night.  Profits from Legends Night were split between the two scholarship funds and were a significant source of funding. 

Seven universities participate in the Foundation’s scholarship program.  These include:

  • Rice University
  • The University of Houston
  • Texas A&M
  • The University of Texas
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Lamar University

All applications are reviewed in late November and winners are notified in December.  The scholarships are presented to the students in January or February at one of the regular HGS dinner meetings. Typically, the Foundation attempts to award a scholarship to each university participating in the program, if the applicants are qualified.   Scholarship amounts may vary from year to year but in recent years have been $1500 per student.  In addition, the highest overall ranked student each year is awarded the Maby Scholarship and awarded an extra $1,000.

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  • Scholarship Requirements:    
    • Juniors and Seniors in the current academic year
    • Bona fide geoscience majors
    • United States citizens
    • Full time students carrying a normal academic load (min 12 hours per semester, excluding summers
    • Students with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA based on a 4.0 system or its equivalent.
  • Other Factors Considered:
    • Has the student been unconditionally accepted to the university?
    • Will the student affirm and support the US Constitution?
    • Does the student plan a career in petroleum or mining geology, exploration geophysics, or another branch of economic geology?
    • Can the student document financial need if required to do so?