Financial Aid & Scholarships
Financial aid & Scholarships are available for all kinds of students all over the country. The sooner you can investigate what is being offered, the sooner you can apply and be awarded the funds you will need for your first year.
During your Junior Year
Look into QuestBridge, which is a wonderful program for low income, high achieving students. Their College Prep Scholarship gives you scholarships to summer programs between your Junior and Senior year. It also provides college application counseling, mentoring, all expenses paid college visits, plus opportunities for college scholarships. Applications open in February and close in March each year.
During your Senior Year
The Questbridge National College Match program provides 4-year scholarships at one of 31 partner colleges. The application for this program opens in August and is due September 30 of your Senior year. The GeoFORCE Graduate Scholars Partnership is a scholarship for GeoFORCE students who are pursuing STEM degrees at several Texas universities. Check this site regularly to receive the latest news on scholarships being offered, or those no longer available or that have expired.
General Information about Scholarships
College for All Texans has a comprehensive guide to financial aid.
In Texas, the TG Foundation has a website focused on the financial needs of students. Click in to AIE here, you can use their on-line tools and tutorials (highly recommended) and you can sign up for an e-newsletter full of information about paying for college, and managing finances in general.
Scholarship Search Engines
College Scholarships.org has a nice search engine that can narrow down the searches by a number of categories.
Scholarships or search engines with specific targets
The Terry Foundation offers scholarships to cover the entire unmet need of students at UT Austin, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, UT San Antonio, U Houston, UT Dallas, U. North Texas. They are currently funding 700 students. You cannot apply directly to them. If you apply to attend any of these schools, when you fill out your financial aid information, be sure to click the box that says “consider me for a Terry Scholarship.” The best strategy–apply to several Terry schools, and ask them ALL to consider you for a Terry Scholarship.
The Hamman Foundation has been a GeoFORCE sponsor since 2011. They offer $16,000 scholarships to Houston area high school graduates that can be used at ANY college in the US.
The Society for Petroleum Engineers has several scholarships for students who plan to study or are already studying petroleum engineering.
The Society for Women Engineers has several scholarships for women who plan to study or are already studying engineering.
The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering has several scholarships for minority students who plan to study or are already studying engineering at partner universities.
If your parent is or was in the military, try Military Scholar.org.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund lists hundreds of scholarships for hispanic students. Applications open January, but you can create your profile any time.
African American students should check out the The United Negro College Fund site for hundreds of scholarship opportunities.
The Sleeklens Academic Scholarship Program is for $2,000 and is open to all current full-time college students and high school seniors that have been awarded acceptance letter.
Here is a good article including relevant scholarship links for Students with Disabilities.
Scholarships for Current College Students
Scholarships from GeoFORCE Sponsors
Many of the sponsors of GeoFORCE also offer college scholarships. Several companies distribute these directly through colleges, so be sure to check with your college advisor and financial aid office and apply for scholarships you are eligible for. Below are two that you can apply to directly.
These are specific to geology majors.
Association of Women Geoscientists, Minority Scholarship: Up to $6000. Deadline June 30th. AWG Minority Scholarship
American Institute of Professional Geologists: Open to all geology majors. $1000. Deadline is Feb 15. AIPG Scholarship
The Society for Petroleum Engineers has several scholarships for students who plan to study or are already studying petroleum engineering. Due date is April 15, 2015.
The Society for Women Engineers has several scholarships for women who plan to study or are already studying engineering. Application period for current college students is Dec 1, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015.
The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering has several scholarships for minority students who plan to study or are already studying engineering at partner universities. Application deadline for is March 15, 2015.
Field Camp Scholarships
Several geoscience professional societies offer scholarship for summer field camp. Click on the links below