Purpose: 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: 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. Submit a one page (approximately 750 words) essay on a topic the AIPG Education Committee will decide on annually. The 2019 scholarship essay topic is: “What do you think will be the most important area of employment for geosciences by 2030 and why”.

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 the time of application.

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.

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Dorothy Combs by telephone to(303) 412-6205 or e-mail:

Application Deadline and Award Date: Applications must be received by 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.

Miscellaneous: 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 Join Online! Student Membership is Free!