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Scholarships, Grants and Opportunities

Through generous donations from alumni, faculty, industry and members of the community, the Geosciences Department offers a variety of awards to students.  See below for a description of the awards and how and when each are dispersed.  To establish a new award or contribute to an existing award, please contact the Department Chair.  Alternatively, click the 'Make a Gift' box in the lower left bar and designate under 'Other' which of the existing funds you would like to support.

Academic Scholarships

  • These awards support in-semester student expenses associated with tuition, class fees and related costs.
    • James D. Stephens Scholarship
      • Spring application for the following academic year. 
      • Applications due April 1 each year.
      • Apply through the BOSS System.
    • The Thomas R. Sherwood Memorial Scholarship
      • Designed to provide scholarships for students with demonstrated financial need.  Preference is given to non-traditional students who are residents of Idaho.
      • Applications due April 1 each year.
      • Apply through the BOSS System.
    • David E. Fortsch Scholarship
      • Spring application for the following academic year.
      • Applications due April 1 each year.
      • Apply through the BOSS System.

 

Geology Field Camp Scholarships

  • These awards have traditionally been used to enable student participation ISU's summer Geology Field Camp
    • The Shirley Sargent Scholarship
      • Recipients should demonstrate academic excellence, motivation, merit and potential in academics and personal leadership.   
      • The application is due February 1 each year.
      • Apply through the BOSS System.
      The Mary B. Strawn Memorial Scholarship
      • This award provides tuition and educational expenses for one female undergraduate ISU Geology major attending ISU's Geology Field Camp.  Preference is given for applicants with financial need and demonstrated academic promise. 
      • The application is due February 1 each year.
      • Apply through the BOSS System.
    • The Andrei L. Isotoff Geology Scholarship
      • Award recipients demonstrate academic excellence as well as motivation, merit and potential in academics and personal leadership.  
      • The application is due February 1 each year.
      • Apply through the BOSS System.
    • The Ted V. Reid Memorial Scholarship
      • Nontraditional students are preferred, but not required.  Financial need is considered.  Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
      • The application is due February 1 each year.
      • Apply through the BOSS System.

 

Research Awards

  • The Jeff Geslin Geosciences Research Fund
    • For support of graduate student research, in particular to make unfunded or minimally funded projects possible.  For more details see award announcement.  
    • The application is due February 1 each year.
    • Apply through the BOSS System.
  • The Ida Sarver Kackley and Lois Lynch Kackley Bear River Endowment
    • Funds for support of studies, scholarship and assistance to Undergraduate and Graduate students focused on the history and development of the Upper Bear River Basin.
    • Preference is given to students born in or from Idaho, whenever possible
    • See the Geosciences chair for more details on this award.
  • The Allison and Braden Thompson Endowment Fund for Geosciences in Honor of Dr. Paul Link
    • Funds shall be used to provide support for sedimentary geology graduate research at ISU.
    • This award is used at the discretion of Dr. Paul Link

 

Key Departmental Endowments

  •  The David E. Fortsch Endowment Fund, in support of the Paul and Katie Link Lost River Field Station
    • This endowment provides support to the operations of the LRFS facility.
  • The Drs. James W. and Carol L. Mahar Endowment for Geosciences
    • This endowment is used to support critical departmental needs at the discretion of the Department Chair and Faculty