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Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships


Departmental and Society Awards

For information about external awards see the Kent State University Student Financial Aid website.

Donations to any of the scholarship accounts are gratefully accepted. They may be sent to Department of Geology, Kent State University, Kent OH 44242 at any time and will be deposited into the appropriate Foundation Account where they will augment the funds used to award the scholarships. For more information about donation please contact Daniel K. Holm, Chair.

A number of scholarships are available to geology majors through the Department of Geology. Applications for these are placed on the counter in the Geology main office early in the Spring Semester each year. The recipients of the Outstanding Geology Major and Sigma Gamma Epsilon's W.A. Tarr awards are selected (without application) by the geology faculty and Sigma Gamma Epsilon members, respectively. Details regarding these scholarships and awards are given below:

Glenn W. Frank Geology Scholarship
A monetary award presented to junior geology majors who demonstrate excellent potential for a successful professional career in geology.

Donald C. Gifford Scholarship
A monetary award presented annually to a junior geology major who demonstrates excellent potential for a successful professional career in geology with an emphasis in the fields of Paleontology, Stratigraphy, or Geophysics.

John Allan Clark Scholarship
A monetary award presented to an academically superior Geology, Biological Sciences, or Geography senior major possessing a professional career interest in natural resource management. Download PDF Application Form

Outstanding Geology Major Award
A certificate presented to an academically superior geology major who, in the current academic year, obtains the Bachelor of Science degree in geology and who is judged by the faculty to be the outstanding major.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon W. A. Tarr Award
A certificate presented to an academically superior geology graduating senior who has made significant contributions to the department of Geology through Sigma Gamma Epsilon.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon Geology Student Research Scholarship
A monetary award presented to KSU undergraduate geology majors who need funding for a research project, and are are a current member of SGE. Download PDF Application Form

Bauer Experiential Learning Grant
A monetary award to cover costs associated with field experiential learning activities.



Field Camp Scholarships

Several sources of scholarship support are available for Summer Field Camp participants. Awards range from $100 to $1,000 and multiple awards may be given by several of the sponsors.

Geology Field Camp Scholarship
A monetary award presented to meritorius KSU undergraduate geology majors registered for that semester's Summer Field Camp course to offset room and board costs. To apply, provide your name, local address and telephone number, along with a brief statement of your immediate and long-range career goals by email to Daniel Holm, dholm@kent.edu, by March 15.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon Glenn Frank Field Camp Scholarship
A monetary award presented to KSU undergraduate geology majors who are registered for that semester's Summer Field Camp course, and are a current member of SGE. Download PDF Application Form

Kent State Geological Society Field Camp Scholarship

A monetary award presented to geology majors who demonstrate financial need, are registered for that semester's Summer Field Camp course, and are paid-up members of KSGS. Download PDF Application Form

Emerald Environmental Scholarship

A monetary award presented to undergraduate geology majors who demonstrate financial need, show potential for a successful professional career in geology, and are registered for that semester's Summer Field Camp course.

Richard A. Heimlich Scholarship
A monetary award presented to undergraduate geology majors who demonstrate financial need, show potential for a successful professional career in geology, and are registered for that semester's Summer Field Camp course.


External Awards and Scholarships

In an effort to encourage advanced education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) the Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) offers financial support through competitively awarded scholarship opportunities.

KSU STEM Scholarships The Kent State University Scholarships for Broadening Participation in the Sciences will annually provide 21 undergraduate scholarships, averaging $5,000 each to promising science students. Application deadline in May each year through 2018. Details at  http://www.stem-scholarships.kent.edu/

AmeriCorps

Geological Society of America GeoCorps

Association of Women Geoscientists

Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists (AEG) Foundation Programs 

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Foundation Scholarships encourage the study of geophysics and related geosciences. 

NOAA Office of Education 

Mineralogical Society of America's Grants for Student Research In Mineralogy And Petrology are funded by an endowment created by contributions from the MSA membership. The grant comprises two awards of up to $5,000 each for research in mineralogy and petrology. Students, including graduate and undergraduate students, are encouraged to apply.

Regional secitons of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers periodically offer local scholarship opportunities. 

Geological Society of America Section Research Grants 

 

FAFSA grants

Application occurs when you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid 

Choose Ohio First Scholarship

State scholarship program established to recruit and keep talented students in Ohio who are pursuing degree programs in medicine, mathematics, science, engineering, and technology. Students must intend to enroll or currently enrolled in eligible degree programs, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and score at least a 27 Math ACT score or 620 Math SAT score. The awards are available to students enrolled at participating post-secondary institutions in Ohio.The award amounts vary from about $1,500 to $5,200 per recipient, per academic year. Recipients of the scholarship must maintain at minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA and participate in hands-on activities that provide real-life practical experience such as internships, research, or service learning.

Ohio Academic Scholarship

A merit-based program that offers financial assistance to high school graduates who demonstrate academic excellence. Students must enroll full-time in an undergraduate program at public colleges or universities in Ohio. The program offers up to $2,205 per academic year for up to four years of education. Additionally, the program offers incentives for students who choose to stay in the state of Ohio.Every year, at least one scholarship is granted to a student from a participating chartered high school that submits an electronic application by the deadline. High school GPA and scores from standardized tests determine eligibility for the scholarship.

Ohio College Opportunity Grant

Offers funds to residents of Ohio who are enrolled in undergraduate programs leading to an associate’s or first bachelor’s degree at public universities and private colleges and universities in Ohio. To qualify for the grant, students must demonstrate significant financial need and would be unable to pursue higher education without financial assistance.The amount of awards varies on enrollment status (full-time or half-time) and type of institution, but the maximum amount for full-time students is $428 per semester. Recipients are able to receive up to 10 semesters of state need-based assistance.

Ohio Third Frontier Internship Program

Program that strives to create a group of gifted employees for businesses in Ohio. It connects students in Ohio with rewarding internship opportunities with private businesses in Ohio. The program seeks students enrolled in degree programs that feature high-tech curricula such as physical sciences, mathematics, computer sciences, and engineering.Applicants must be at least in their sophomore year of an undergraduate program or enrolled in graduate school and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in Ohio who are enrolled in a two-year technical institution or community college or four-year college or university may be able to receive up to $6,000 over a period of 12 months. The program also offers up to 50 percent reimbursement of a recipient’s wages, with a maximum of $3,000 for period of 12 months.