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Department of Geosciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Tomanek Hall 233
Phone: 785-628-5389

P. Grady Dixon, Chair
(785) 628-5389
pgdixon@fhsu.edu
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Department of Geosciences - Scholarship Opportunities

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. The scholarships listed below have been awarded regularly in recent years, but there are others that are awarded sporadically (i.e., as funds allow). Unless otherwise noted, the final deadline for all scholarships is 15 February (priority deadline is 15 November). All scholarship amounts are estimates that are subject to donor wishes and available funds.

  • Department of Geosciences Majors Scholarship
    All Geosciences majors are eligible. Available funds will be divided and awarded based on the recommendations of the faculty Scholarship Committee.
  • Department of Geosciences Underrepresented Scientists Scholarship
    Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and all other groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in geosciences are eligible if they are a Geosciences major at FHSU. Available funds will be divided and awarded based on the recommendations of the faculty Scholarship Committee.
  • Farmer Family Excellence Scholarship (2 @ $5000)
    Must be a Geosciences major studying Petroleum Geology
    Must be in-state, full-time student
    Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better
    Must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours by the end of the spring semester in which the award is made
  • Downing-Nelson Scholarship (2 @ $2000)
    Must be a Geosciences major studying Petroleum Geology
    Must be a full-time student with a GPA of 2.5 or better
    Must have passed at least 18 credits of the geology "core" courses
    Must have passed at least 8 credits of the geology "cognate" courses
    Preference given to junior or senior students 
  • Trilobite Testing Geology Scholarship (1 @ $2000)
    Must be a Geosciences major studying Petroleum Geology
    Must be a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior student
    Must have a GPA of 2.8 or better
  • Caprez Family Geology Scholarship (1 @ $1000)
    Must be a graduate student pursing an M.S. in Geosciences (Geology)
    Must be a US citizen
    Must have and maintain a GPA of 3.25 or better
  • David M. Schumaker Geology Scholarship (10 @ $1500)
    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.
    Must be a Geosciences major studying Petroleum Geology
    Must have plans to pursue a career in the gas and oil industry
    Preference to students showing initiative and leadership and work to their potential academically
    Consideration will also be given to students who show financial need
    Download or print an application.
  • John & Nancy Francis Scholarship (1 @ $700)
    Must be a Geosciences major studying Petroleum Geology
    Preference given to junior or senior students
    Must have a GPA of 2.5 or better
      
  • ZAE & Longpine Field Camp Scholarships
    (available funds split evenly between all qualified applicants)
    Must be an FHSU Geosciences major studying geology and enrolled in GSCI 454 Field Studies in Geology (Field Camp)
    Funds can be applied only to tuition for GSCI 454
    Must have a GPA of 2.0 or better
    Preference given to students in financial need
    Application information will be provided to students enrolling in GSCI 454, and a separate application form must be submitted 
  • Christopher Schmid Geology Scholarship (based on available funds)
    Must be a junior or senior Geosciences major studying geology
    Must have a GPA of 2.0 or better
    Must show financial need
    Preference will be given to students enrolled in GSCI 454 Field Studies in Geology (Field Camp)

  • Dr. John Heinrichs Memorial Geography Scholarship
    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.
  • 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.
  • Myrl V. Walker Scholarship
    Must be an FHSU Geosciences major studying geology
    Must have a GPA of 2.0 or better

Other Funding Opportunities

The Department of Geosciences encourages all students to participate in research, professional travel, and other experiences that enhance the university experience. We try to offer extra funds to students participating in such opportunities. These funds may be reimbursable or in the form of paid transportation, lodging, etc. The best way to take advantage of these opportunities is to communicate regularly with Geosciences faculty and be involved in the Department.

Separate University scholarships can be added to Geosciences scholarships. Visit FHSU Scholarships for more information.

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


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