This scholarship program encourages minority women to pursue an education, and later a career, in the geosciences. Specifically, it provides up to $6,000 in awards each year to undergraduate students and matches them with AWG mentors in their fields. Awards also include a one year membership in AWG, the world's largest organization for women geoscientists. Students can develop close relationships with their mentors, contacting them to discuss ideas, get advice, or learn about career paths. Any applicant may request an AWG mentor, even if she does not receive a scholarship.
If you are enrolled, or enrolling, in an earth-science education or geoscience degree program and would like to apply for a scholarship, please review the qualifications and procedures outlined on the Application Form. All application materials must be received at AWG headquarters by June 30. Late applications will not be accepted.
Winner(s) will be notified in August and the award(s) will be distributed in early fall, to coincide with the beginning of the school year.
A. Applicants must be women who can prove that they are United States citizens (including the United States territories) and belong to one of these under-represented ethnic minorities; Black, Hispanic, or Native American (including American Indian, Eskimo, Hawaiian, or Samoan).
B. Financial support is for full-time students who are enrolling, or are already enrolled, in an accredited institution as undergraduates in a degree-granting program (a student who has completed coursework at a community college and intends to transfer to a 4-year college or university with a geoscience program is also eligible for this award); they must also be majoring in a geoscience field such as geology, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrology, meteorology, physical oceanography, planetary geology, or earth-science education. This program does not support students in other natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, or land-use planning.
C. High school seniors may apply, but if they are selected to receive a scholarship, the funds will not be sent until AWG receives proof of enrollment in an appropriate university program, such as a letter from the student's academic advisor or a course schedule.
D. Prior recipients of AWG Minority Geoscience Scholarships may reapply for continuing support during each of their undergraduate years.