College of Arts and Sciences

Scholarships for the Department of Geology

Please consider donating to one or more of these worthwhile scholarships. To donate please go to the WIU Foundation Office and we thank you for your willingness to support our outstanding students!

Continuing Student Alumni Award

Criteria:

  • Declared Geology Major
  • Full-time student (12 semester hours)
  • Minimum semester GPA of 3.25 for previous semester (course load and difficulty will be considered)
  • Letter of recommendation from a Geology faculty member

Terms:

  • $300 per academic year (award cannot be won in consecutive semesters)
  • Fall Semester Award: up to two students
  • Spring Semester Award: up to two students
  • Funds will be EFT'd to recipient's personal account or a check issued if no account has been set up

Selection Process:

Final selection will be made by the Department of Geology Scholarship Committee in the following manner: 

Applications received first week of semester (Fall & Spring). Scholarship Committee will meet, review applications and select recipient(s) second week of semester. Recipients(s) will receive award as soon as possible after selection is made.

Application and Inquiries:

Application Form

Western Illinois University
Chairperson
Department of Geology
1 University Circle
Tillman Hall 115
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1151
geology@wiu.edu

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Paul Wagner Memorial Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Junior or senior class level
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be an outstanding student who has contributed to the field of Geology
  • Planned or past enrollment in the Geology Summer Camp

Terms:

The award amount will be determined by the Department of Geology based on the fund balance

Selection Process:

The recipient will be chosen by the Department of Geology Scholarship Committee

Application and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Chairperson
Department of Geology
1 University Circle
Tillman Hall 115
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1151
geology@wiu.edu

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

Richard Schafer Community College Transfer Geology Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Completed a minimum of 30 semester hours of college credit at the time of enrollment at WIU with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Completed four semester hours of geology/earth sciences at the time of enrollment at WIU with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA

Terms:

Award amount is $300

Additional Comments:

A letter of recommendation from a geology/earth sciences faculty member from the two-year institution and all transcripts from previous institutions is required with the application

Selection Process:

The recipient will be chosen by the Department of Geology Scholarship Committee

Application and Inquiries:

Application Form

Western Illinois University
Chairperson
Department of Geology
1 University Circle
Tillman Hall 115
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1151
geology@wiu.edu

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

Yes

What are the Criteria for Renewal?

The award is for the first year of enrollment at WIU. The award is repeated for a second year of residence at WIU if the Geology major has maintained a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA at WIU. In addition, one new award will also be made each year to a qualified applicant.

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Richard Schafer Geology Summer Field Camp Award

Criteria:

  • Must be an outstanding student who has contributed to the field of Geology
  • Planned or past enrollment in the Geology Summer Camp

Terms:

Award amount is determined by the annual interest earnings on the endowment and the Department of Geology

Selection Process:

The recipient will be chosen by the Department of Geology Scholarship Committee

Application and Inquiries:

Western Illinois University
Chairperson
Department of Geology
1 University Circle
Tillman Hall 115
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1151
geology@wiu.edu

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Richard Schafer Freshman Geology Scholarship

Criteria:

  • Entering freshman
  • Minimum composite ACT of 24 or minimum 3.2 high school GPA
  • Geology Major
  • Leadership and activities will be considered

Terms:

Award amount is determined by the annual interest earnings on the endowment and the Department of Geology

Selection Process:

The recipient will be chosen by the Department of Geology Scholarship Committee

Application and Inquiries:

Application Form

Western Illinois University
Chairperson
Department of Geology
1 University Circle
Tillman Hall 115
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1151
geology@wiu.edu

Is the Award or Scholarship Renewable?

No

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Scholarship for New Geology Major

Criteria:

  • Be a newly declared Geology Major (non-entering freshman) within previous 12 months
  • Be a full-time student (12 s.h.)
  • Have a successfully completed Geology 110 or Geology 112
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a Geology faculty member

Terms:

The scholarship is valued at $500 for FAll semester; continued $500 for Spring semester if student remains a Geology major AND maintains a minimum overall GPA of 3.0

Selection Process:

Final selection will be made by the Department of Geology Scholarship Committee

Application and Inquiries:

Application Form

Western Illinois University
Chairperson
Department of Geology
1 University Circle
Tillman Hall 115
Macomb, IL  61455
309/298-1151
geology@wiu.edu

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