Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships | Department of Geology | Kent State University

Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships

Departmental and Student 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, or make a donation online on our secure website. Donations will be deposited into the appropriate Foundation Account where they will augment the funds used to award the scholarships. For more information about donating please contact Daniel K. Holm, Chair.

A number of scholarships are available to geology majors through the Department of Geology. The recipients of the Glenn W. Frank Geology Scholarship, Donald C. Gifford Scholarship, and the Outstanding Geology Major awards are selected (without application) by the geology faculty. Details regarding scholarships and awards are given below:

Glenn W. Frank Geology Scholarship

A monetary award presented annually to one or two junior geology majors who demonstrate excellent potential for a successful professional career in geology. (no application required)

Donald C. Gifford Scholarship

A monetary award presented annually to one or two junior geology majors who demonstrate excellent potential for a successful professional career in geology with an emphasis in the fields of Paleontology, Stratigraphy, or Geophysics. (no application required)

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. (no application required)

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. (no application required)

Sigma Gamma Epsilon Geology Undergraduate Student Research Scholarship

A monetary award presented to KSU undergraduate geology majors who need funding for a research project, and 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. (no application required)

Scholarships for Broadening Participation in the Sciences

KSU Scholarships for Broadening Participation in the Sciences annually provides 21 undergraduate scholarships, averaging $5,000 each to promising science students.

Applications are accepted beginning in early March for undergraduates pursing a STEM major for the following academic year. For more scholarship opportunities, search Pathways to Science for opportunities to do research at the undergraduate level, here and abroad. The Institute for Broadening Participation in the STEM sciences also offers free online search tools to encourage minority participation in STEM sciences.

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 Scholarships (including the Richard A. Heimlich Scholarship, the Joe and Karen Struckel Scholarship, the Emerald Environmental Scholarship, and others)

A monetary award presented to meritorious 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 Kelly Thomasson, kthomass@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

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.

AmeriCorps

Geological Society of America GeoCorps

Association of Women Geoscientists

Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists (AEG) 

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 sections 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.