The Dept. of Earth Sciences awards several scholarships annually to geoscience majors.
The Glasscock Scholarship is a stipend of around $1500, funded by Michael R. Glasscock, III, M.D., in memory of Mr. Lonnie Glasscock, Sr., a "self-taught petroleum geologist" who was highly successful in the early oil-boom days of east Texas. The award is given each year to a geoscience major, based on a combination of scholastic promise, character, and financial need; some preference is given to students with a small town Tennessee background. The Glasscock scholarship is generally given to a junior or senior level geoscience major.
These two scholarships are funded by a department endowment that subsists through alumni donations. These alumni have chosen to help create the next generation of young geologists --their future co-workers in our profession-- as an appropriate manner of showing their appreciation for the sound geologic training they received as students here. The scholarships consists of a stipend of $1000 and they are awarded by the faculty to geoscience majors who have demonstrated a commitment to the geosciences and who have achieved a superior academic record.
The David Shepard Award and Lavelle Smith Awards are provided by the Middle Tennessee Gem and Mineral Society, and are given each year to a geoscience major who has successfully completed the mineralogy course sequence (GEOL 3110-3120). These two $500 awards are based on scholarship, and are generally given to second year geoscience majors.
In addition to these scholarships awarded to upperclassmen, the Department of Earth Sciences awards the Richard Fraser Memorial Scholarship to an incoming first-year student choosing to major in geoscience.
Other forms of financial aid exist. The Department of Earth Sciences provides meritorious geoscience majors with opportunities to "learn and earn" through lab assistantships and grant-funded research assistantships. Lab assistants are provided with office space, LAN connections, and a small salary. Grant-funded research assistantships include geologic experience as field assistants to geoscience faculty, sample and specimen preparation work for faculty, and other work related to faculty research projects; salaries vary according to the grant and the work involved.
The Department of Earth Sciences also provides financial aid to students to partially defray the costs of field trips. An endowed account donated by Towner Petroleum, Inc. generates funds to be used to help pay student field trip costs. Also, the Geo-Club undertakes fund-raising project to raise money for field trips.