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Fort Hays State University
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Phone: 785-628-5389

P. Grady Dixon, Chair
(785) 628-5389
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Departmental of Geosciences - Scholarship & Grant Opportunities

Geosciences Department Scholarships

The Department of Geosciences has scholarships available for both incoming freshmen and continuing students. To apply for these scholarships, and others complete the FHSU online Scholarship Application.

  • David M. Schumaker Geology Scholarship
    The David M. Shumaker Geology Scholarship was created to honor David M. Shumaker. Funding for the scholarship has been provided by an anonymous donor through an endowed fund. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students who plan to pursue a career in the gas and oil industry. Deadline for submitting this scholarship application is April 1st, applications must be delivered to or postmarked on or before April 1st to be eligible for review. Download or print an application.
  • Berexco LLC Petroleum Geology Scholarship 
    The Berexco LLC Petroleum Geology Scholarship is funded by Berexco LLC and is jointly administered by Berexco and the FHSU Foundation.  Recipients will be selected by FHSU Department of Geosciences in cooperation with Berexco based on scholarship application review, in-person interviews of candidates, faculty recommendations, and other available information.  Deadline for submitting this scholarship application is January 1st.  Download or print an application.
  • Dr. John Heinrichs Memorial Geography Scholarship (NEW in 2014)
    The Dr. John Heinrichs Memorial Geography Scholarship is funded through memorial gifts and other contributions made by friends, family, and former students of Dr. Heinrichs. The purpose of this fund is to honor the memory of Dr. Heinrichs and to provide support for a full time undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Geography who is interested in research and meets scholarship criteria. Application can be made by completing the application form. Applications must be received by April 1st to be eligible for review. Download or print an application.

Additional FHSU Departmental and Geosciences Related Scholarships
Scholarship final deadline for 2017-2018 is February 15, 2017 (priority deadline is November 15, 2016). Check out the list of scholarships available to see if you qualify for these or our other scholarships.

FHSU Scholarships & Grants

  • Undergraduate Student Conference & Research Supply Grants - Grants up to $250 will be awarded to support travel to US conferences.  Grants up to $250 will also be awarded to cover research supply expense.  Periodic deadlines, check website for current deadline.
  • Graduate Student Conference Grants - Grants up to $250 in matching funds will be awarded to support travel to US conferences.    Geosciences Graduate students must apply to receive both funding from Geosciences Department and Graduate school to be considered for funding.
  • STEM Teaching Incentive Scholarship - A new scholarship opportunity has been added to the FHSU Science and Mathematics Education Scholarship program. The STEM Teaching Incentive Scholarship ($1,000) is targeted to students entering their sophomore year who are intending to pursue a teaching degree with a STEM major. The same application can be used by students in the Junior and Senior year for a $2000 scholarship, or elementary teachers intending to teach middle school science or mathematics. The deadline is April 30th.
  • For more information about FHSU Financial Aid and to complete an FHSU scholarships application visit the financial aid website: 

Note: Scholarship application priority deadline for is November 15th, final deadline is February 15th. Some scholarships require an additional application form to be completed as part of the application process, please check these secondary applications for additional deadlines.  Please read the descriptions of each scholarship carefully to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications before submitting an application.

A limited number of scholarships are available for students majoring in Geology or Geography. Other scholarships that can be added to departmental scholarships for incoming Freshmen are FHSU's Award of Excellence scholarships ($500 or $900 depending on your ACT scores [21-23 and 24+ respectively]; as well as FHSUs Gold/Silver/Bronze/Copper Awards $1200/$800/$700/$500 - again per year and tied to ACT scores 28+/24-27/22-23/21 respectively. The Silver + Gold and Hispanic scholarships are renewable each year for students meeting criteria.

If you have any questions, please contact the Geosciences Department: or call (785) 628-5389.

 Additional Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

  • John Cowan Scholarship - Provides financial assistance to students pursuing a geographic-focused education. Eligibility requirements include being enrolled in a post-secondary educational institute in the state of Kansas, being enrolled in coursework necessary to begin a career in a Geography-based profession, and ability to show the intent to make Geography the major focus of your higher education. Application is open from January 1st to April 15th.
  •  Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Research Grants - Supports research grants and graduate fellowships in numerous environmental science and engineering disciplines through a competitive solicitation process. Areas of focus include: air toxics, health effects of particulate matter, drinking water, water quality, global change, ecosystem assessment and restoration, human health risk assessment, endocrine disrupting chemicals, pollution prevention and new technologies, children environmental health,, economics and decision sciences, computational toxicology, nanotechnology, and biomarkers. Programs are released monthly with varying deadlines and contacts. 
  • U.S. Military Veterans Scholarship Program (AAPG Foundation) - Are you a U.S. military veteran pursuing an undergraduate geoscience education? Submit your application to the AAPG Foundation's United States Military Veterans Scholarship Program. Scholarships range from $2,000 - $4,000 and may be used for tuition and living expenses. Application Deadline is May 15, 2015.
  •  SIPES Foundation Earth Science Scholarship - For any upper-division or graduate student, majoring in any earth science - such as geology, geophysics, or petroleum engineering - with a G.P.A of 3.5 or better, and U.S. Citizenship.
  •  Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award - Formerly the Women's Opportunity Award has been helping women around the world since 1972. This program provides cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional schooling and training. You are eligible to apply if you are: a woman with a primary financial responsibility for yourself and your dependents, attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program, and have financial need.
  •  USGIF Scholarship - The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation is excited to announce the deadline of April 20 for their Scholarship Program. Students interested can download an application on their website.
  •  Desk And Derrick Educational Trust - A scholarship program managed by the Desk and Derrick Educational Trust is offered to qualified student citizens of the United State or Canada who have completed two years of undergraduate studies with a minimum 3.2 overall grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in a major field of study related to qualifying for full-time employment (in the petroleum, energy or allied industries) and have need of financial assistance. 
  •  Chrysalis Scholarship - The Chrysalis Scholarship provides degree-completion funding for women geoscience graduate students whose education has been significantly interrupted by life circumstances. For more information on this scholarship please visit
  •  American Institute of Professional Geologists Scholarship Program - Scholarships are given to assist students with college education costs and to promote student participation in the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). Up to four scholarships will be awarded to declared undergraduate geological sciences majors who are at least sophomores.
  •  American Geosciences Institute, Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship - Applications are open to women seeking a Master's or Doctoral degree.   Successful applicants will get $5,000 for their first year and can apply for a second year.  Applying undergraduate's must have a 3.25 GPA and applying graduates must have a 3.00 GPA.
  • American Institute of Professional Geologists - Eligible to any student who is majoring in geology or earth science. Successful applicants are awarded $1,000 for tuition and/or room and board. Applicants must submit: a letter of interest with name, mail and e-mail addresses, and telephone number; proof of enrollment in an eligible geological sciences program, transcripts; an original one-page essay on why the applicant wants to become a geologist; and a letter of support from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic work.  Application packet should be submitted to: American Institute of Professional Geologists, Attn: Education Committee Chr., 12000 N. Washington St., Suite 285, Thornton, CO 80241. Questions refer to (303) 412-6205 or Applications must be received by February 15, 2015.
  • US Graduate Student Scholarships for Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology - The 9th Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology will provide graduate students with an intensive program on reconstructing the history and dynamics of paleoclimate through  an integrated series of lectures, investigations, case studies, and field and lab analyses. To promote US graduate student participation in this international experience, the NSF Geoscience Divisions and Office of International Science and Engineering are funding 10 scholarships to cover US carrier airfare, stipend, and course expenses (including lodging). If interested please have advisor send recommendation letter via email, and student needs to send a 2-page CV and 1-page statement including how the program will benefit professional development as research and educator to
  • Albert E. Wood Award - Applicants and their sponsors must be Society of Vertebrate Paleontology members or pending members. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. This award is to support student research that involves museum and university fossil and/or natural history collections. Proposals must be for collection-based work on some aspect of vertebrate evolution.  Applications are due by email May 7 and signed applications must be postmarked no later than May 14.
  • Rene M. Vandervelde Research Grant - Available to qualified researchers working on the marine paleontology, geology, or stratigraphy of the Late Cretaceous Pierre and Bearpaw Shales of North America.
  • A. Allen Graffham Research Grant - AAPS will offer this research grant annually to a scientist, researcher, or student in paleontology, that will publish on specimens collected by, or in collaboration with AAPS members.
  • Dan Rigal Memorial Educational Grant - Available to high school teachers or educators to promote education of their students in geology/paleontology. Minimum grant is $250.
  • Evolving Earth Foundation Grant - A total of 10 grants are available, for amounts of up to $3000 per grant.  Undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers at accredited US colleges and universities, or research institutions are eligible to apply. Award emphasis will be on research topics that related to an increasing understanding and awareness of the geologic and biographic processes that shape our earth.
  • Kansas Next Step - KNS offers support funding for students attending conferences and seminars, as well as for research projects. Application should be sent in 2-4 months before funding is needed. Up to $5000 may be awarded.
  • ASPRS Scholarships - ASPRS offers 14 awards totaling more than $50,000.  Available to both undergraduate and graduate student-members of ASPRS and others, these resources have been made with the intention of advancing academic and professional goals within the fields of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, and related fields.
  • NGS Committee for Research & Exploration Grant - Awards vary from $15,000-20,000 per year, and are provided to investigators with advanced degrees for scientific field research and exploration. Applications are generally limited to the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology.
  • AEG Foundation Research Fund Grant - Made to support small research projects performed by consultants, retired geologists, university professors, or graduate students. Awards vary from $2,000-5,000.
  • Kansas Academy of Science Student Research Grant - KAS awards up to $1,500 in grants for Masters/PhD students and up to $1,000 for undergraduates.  Funding may be used by students to pay for research expenses. 
  • Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Space Grant Project - They provide internships for full-time students, mentors for senior design projects, and competitions for System Engineering and research papers.
  • Desk and Derrick Educational Trust Scholarship - Scholarships for students seeking degrees in fields related to the petroleum energy and allied industries. Ten $1500 scholarships available for full-time students and three $1000 scholarships available for part-time students. Due April 1st.
  • Application. KGF Scholarships - Available to Junior, Senior, or Graduate students majoring in Geology. Average scholarship amount $1000.00.
  • AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid Program - Deadline Jan. 31 of every year. Available to geoscience graduate students who require funding for research projects.  Grants are based on merit, and in part, on the financial needs of the applicant. The program focuses on support of qualified candidates for masters or equivalent degrees. Factors weighed in the selection of successful applicants include: qualifications of the applicants as indicated by past performance, originality and imagination of the proposed project, support of the department in which the work is being done, and perceived significance of the project to petroleum, energy minerals and related environmental geology. Monetary awards up to a maximum amount of $2000. Grants are to be applied to expenses directly related to the student’s thesis work, such as fieldwork, laboratory analyses, etc.


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