Our department awards scholarships annually to geoscience majors based upon academic performance. Ordinarily, we award the following scholarships amounting to a few thousand dollars: Dr. Melvin Owen Smith Memorial scholarship, Walter Helton scholarship, Earth Sciences Alumni scholarship, Shanks-Moran scholarship, Fraser scholarship and the Wilbur Raatz scholarship.
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 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.