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AIPG National Undergraduate Scholarship

To assist students with college education costs and to promote student participation in the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). Up to ten 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 - $3,000 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 two-year or 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. Provide your academic objectives: If you are attending a two-year institute do you plan to continue to a four-year institute and complete a degree? If you attend a four-year institute do you plan to attend graduate school?
  2. Submit a one page (800 words strictly enforced, 12 pt, times new roman, 1 inch margins, left justify) 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.
1333 W. 120th Ave., Suite 211
Westminster, Colorado 80234-2710
(303) 412-6205 or e-mail:

If you are submitting your application materials by email, please format the subject line as follows: AIPG Scholarship - Type of Scholarship (Undergrad or Grad) - Last Name - Submission. For example, AIPG Scholarship - Undergraduate - Doe - Essay. 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.

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 Geosciences Institute).

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

American Institute of Professional Geologists
1333 W. 120th Ave., Suite 211, Westminster, Colorado 80234-2710
(Application forms are also available on the AIPG website

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2019 AIPG Undergraduate Scholarship Winners

The AIPG National awarded fourteen $1,000 scholarships (three were funded by the Foundation of AIPG, one $500 scholarship by the AIPG Nevada Section). The student's essays are printed in TPG and online.

  • Alicia Chan, SA-9948 – University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Iowa/Nebraska Section
  • Jennifer Davis, SA-4207 – Miami University, Ohio – OH Section
  • Elyse Dilloway, SA-9891 – San Diego State University, CA – CA Section – Foundation AIPG funded
  • Lisa Duong, SA-9558 – Georgia State University, GA – GA Section
  • Elizabeth Evenocheck, SA-9961 – Winona State University, MN -  MN Section
  • Sage Gandolfo, SA-8203 - University of Nevada, Reno - NV Section - Funded by the AIPG Nevada Section
  • Kevin Hatton, SA-9807 – SUNY-Stony Brook, NE Section
  • Kelsey Hewett, SA-8977 – Wayne State University, MI – MI Section
  • Carly Hoeft, SA-9253 – Central Michigan University, MI – MI Section
  • Shirley Mensah, SA-7566 – Eastern Illinois University, IL/IN Section
  • Rebecca Nesel, SA-9914 – SUNY-Oswego, NE Section – Foundation AIPG funded
  • Shannon Sartain, SA-9945 – Dartmouth College, NE Section
  • Benjamin Thyer, SA-9928 – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Section
  • Spencer Wilbur, SA-8092 –  University of Arkansas, Arkansas Section – Foundation AIPG funded

2018 AIPG Undergraduate Scholarship Winners

The AIPG National awarded nineteen $1,000 scholarships (six were funded by the Foundation of AIPG, two by the AIPG Alaska Section). The student's essays are printed in TPG and online.
  • Gemma Amorelli, SA-9000, University of Alaska-Anchorage (sponsored by AIPG Alaska Section)
  • Maddie Bess – SA-9266, Berry College        
  • Katelyn Brower – SA-7588, Western Washington University
  • Alison Cramer - SA-8108, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Robert Collar – SA-7998, Stanford University        
  • Emily Geyman – SA-9077, Princeton University        
  • Denay Grund – SA-8975, University of Nebraska Omaha        
  • Ashley How – SA-9090, Adams State University        
  • Brandon Keough – SA-8731, University of New York - Postdam        
  • Katelyn Kring – SA-8652, Michigan Tech University        
  • Paige LaPlant – SA-9099, University of Northern Iowa 
  • Shirely Mensah – SA-7566, Eastern Illinois University 
  • Evan Millsap – SA-9199, Utah State University        
  • Samantha Moruzzi – SA-8422, Cornell University       
  • Stephen Oni – SA-9120, University of Wyoming        
  • Chance Seckinger – SA-8232, Columbus State University
  • Sydney Souza - SA-8894, University of Alaska-Anchorage (sponsored by AIPG Alaska Section)
  • Kelsey Tucker – SA-8647, University of Alaska-Anchorage
  • Uziel Rendon – SA-8457, Stephen F. Austin State University

AIPG 2017 National Scholarship Winners!

The AIPG National awarded twenty scholarships. Eighteen $1,000 scholarships (six were funded by the Foundation of AIPG and two by the AIPG Alaska Section) and two $500 scholarships sponsored by an AIPG Arizona Section. Scholarships of $1,000 were awarded to the following undergraduate students: Lindsey Abdale, University of Michigan; James Bader, California University of Pennsylvania; Melanie Bowen, Texas A&M; Katie Brower, Western Washington University; Kristina Butler, Universty of Alaska Anchorage (Sponsored by the Alaska Section); Elizabeth Ellis, Pomona College; Allan Foster III, Colorado School of Mines; Shane Houchin, Pasadena City College; Jessica Jagdeo, University of Florida; Katherine Landoni, Oregon State University; Sierra Melton, Colorado College; Logan Moore, University of North Georgia; Sydney O'Brien, West Georgia University; Kasandra Saiki, University of Alaska Anchorage; Anna Stanczyk, University of Alaska Anchorage (Sponsored by the Alaska Section); Seth Sutton, Eastern Carolina University; Jonathan Valentine, Southern Florida University; and Xiangming Zhao, Kent State University. The AIPG Arizona Section sponsored two $500 scholarships to: Jessie McCraw, University of Arizona, and Daniel Foley, Northern Arizona University.

AIPG 2016 National Scholarship Winners!

The AIPG National awarded thirteen $1,000 scholarships to the following undergraduate students: Julie Driebergen, Southern Illinois University; Melissa Luna, Central Connecticut State University; Kristina Butler, University of Alaska Anchorage; Sean Czarnecki, Angelo State University, TX; Katelyn Brower, Everett Community College, WA; Emilie Bowman, University of Texas; Anna Stanczyk, University of Alaska Anchorage; Aaron Ashley, University of West Georgia; Nam Pham, University of Tulsa, OK; Wesley Weisberg, Missouri State University; Casey Saup, The Ohio State University (Sponsored by the Ohio Section); Brett Flessner, Michigan State University (Sponsored by the Michigan Section); Anna Schuh, University of Arizona (Sponsored by the Arizona Section).

2016 Scholarship Winners Essays

AIPG 2015 Student Scholarship Winners!

The AIPG National awarded twelve $1,000 scholarships to the following undergraduate students: Vanessa Fernandes, Hofstra University, New York; Nathaniel Foote, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada; Chloe Ivanoff, University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska (Sponsored by the AIPG Alaska Section); Hannah Johnson, Kent State University, Ohio; Stephanie Kitowski, University of North Dakota, North Dakota; Taylor Krabiel, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada; Christopher H. Kremer, Stanford University, California; Eint Kyi, Oberlin College, Ohio; Anna Stanczyk, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska; Jasmine Stefansky, Central Michigan University, Michigan (Sponsored by the AIPG Michigan Section); Kevin Townsley, University of Idaho, Idaho; Franklin Wolfe, and Washington and Lee, Virginia.

2015 Scholarship Winners Essays

2014 AIPG Student Scholarship Winners!

The AIPG Executive Committee is pleased to announce the awardees for the 2014 Student Scholarships. AIPG has awarded eleven scholarships this year. The recipients are Dana Walters, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina; Kara Mjolhus, West Texas A&M, Canyon, Texas; Zakia Kiminta, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia; Firdaus Ridzuan, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; Colin Sturrock, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas; Nicholas Spano, University of Minnesota- Duluth, Duluth, Minnesota; Ryan Phillip, West Georgia University; Carrollton, Georgia; Alexandra Price, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Colorado; Ashley Pales, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois; Jessica Badgeley, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Carly Siko, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, Michigan.

2014 Scholarship Winners Essays

The scholarships are made possible with the support of the Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the AIPG members’ voluntary contributions. To make a donation click here.