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Foundation of AIPG William J. Siok Graduate Scholarship Program

Due by February 1st - scroll down to submit online


To assist graduate students with college education costs and to promote student participation in the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). One scholarship will be awarded to a declared graduate student in an accredited geoscience program with an emphasis in environmental geoscience and/or hydrogeology. Details for applying for this scholarship are provided below.

Scholarship Awards
Scholarship award is in the amount of $1,000.00 to an eligible graduate student attending a college or university in the U.S. Scholarships are intended to be used to support tuition, room and board, and/or research.

Eligibility Requirements
Any graduate student who is majoring in the geosciences 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.

The student who is awarded the 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 a one page (approximately 750 words) essay on a topic the AIPG Education Committee will decide on annually. The 2020 scholarship essay topic is: 

    Focus on a single theme of your choice, and explain how the profession of geology, over the coming decade, should best contribute to addressing a problem for the well-being of the public. In your essay explain (1) Why your theme choice is significant and (2) How professionals educated in geology are essential to contributing successfully to addressing the problem. Try to be as specific as possible in addressing Item #2.

  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. Those credits can come from previous grad or undergrad studies.
  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 can be submitted online below (preferred) or emailed to Questions regarding the application process can be directed to (303) 412-6205 or e-mail:

If you are submitting your application materials by email, please format the subject line as follows: Foundation Scholarship - Type of Scholarship (Undergrad or Grad) - Last Name of Applicant - Submission. For example, Foundation Scholarship - Graduate - Doe - Letter of Recommendation. You may submit all application materials in one email, and, if necessary, one file.

Application Deadline and Award Date
Applications must be received by midnight Mountain Standard Time (MST) on February 1st, which is to say, before February 1st. Awarded the month of May. The scholarship award will be based on the cover letter, recommendation, transcript and the content and creativity of the essay as judged by the Education Committee. The decision of the Education Committee is final.

Application requirements for student membership to AIPG: Student must be currently enrolled in a geological science degree program (as defined by the American Geosciences Institute). AIPG student membership is available online - Join Online! Student Membership is Free!

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