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AIPG National Scholarship Program

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. Details for applying for these scholarships are provided below.

Scholarship Awards
Scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000.00 each will be made to eligible students attending a college or university in the U.S. Scholarships are intended to be used to support tuition and/or room and board.

Eligibility Requirements

Any student who is majoring in geology (or earth science), is at least a sophomore, and is attending a four-year accredited college or university in the U.S. can apply. Also, the student must be either a student member of AIPG or must have applied for student membership at the time the application for the scholarship is submitted.

Each student who is awarded a scholarship agrees, by accepting the scholarship, to prepare a 600 to 800 word article for publication in The Professional Geologist. The subject of the article must be related to a timely professional issue.

Application Process

  1. Submit a cover letter introducing yourself and tell us what you have done outside of the class room such as research projects, officer in club, or outside activities within the community. Address your career goals in near term and longer term.
  2. Submit an essay on “Why I Want to be a Geologist.” 
  3. Submit a copy of your transcript (unofficial) and documentation that you are a current student. Requisite standards to apply are a minimum GPA of 2.8 (on a 4 point scale) and a minimum of 12 semester credits of geology/geoscience courses with a 3.0 GPA in these courses completed at time of application.
  4. Submit a letter of recommendation from a geology/geoscience professor that provides an emphasis on your performance and activities in the classroom, in the department, and your character in how you work and help other students.

The application packet should be submitted to:

American Institute of Professional Geologists
Attn: Education Committee Chr.
12000 Washington St., Suite 285
Thornton, Colorado 80241-3134
Questions regarding the application process can be directed to
Vickie Hill by telephone
(303) 412-6205 or e-mail: aipg@aipg.org.

Application Deadline and Award Date
Applications must be received by February 15th
Awarded the month of May

Basis of Awards
Awards will be based on the cover letter, recommendation, transcript and the content and creativity of the essay as judged by the Education Committee. The decisions of the Education Committee are final.

Application requirements for student membership to AIPG: Student must be currently enrolled in a geological science degree program (as defined by the American Geological Institute).

AIPG student membership is available online or applications can be obtained from:

American Institute of Professional Geologists
12000 Washington St., Suite 285, Thornton, Colorado 80241-3134
(Application forms are also available on the AIPG website http://www.aipg.org)

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2013 AIPG Student Scholarship Winners!

The AIPG Executive Committee is pleased to announce the awardees for the 2013 Student Scholarships. AIPG has awarded eleven scholarships this year. The recipients are Douglas Mateas, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois; Joseph Cleveland, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas; Lakin Beal, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho; Justin Mauck, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas; Jessica Eicher, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska; Kristopher Ashton, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina; Kase Knochenhauer, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Lisa Whalen, Virginia Tech, Blackburg, Virginia; Ali Sherman, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah; Victor Perez, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; and Karl Campbell, Grand Valley State University,
Grand Rapids, Michigan. Click here to read the students essays.

The scholarships are made possible by the support of the Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the AIPG members’ voluntary contributions.

The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963 to certify the credentials
of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline.
It's advocacy & efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.