The HGS Undergraduate Fund gives money to students studying for a bachelor’s degree in geoscience.
The Houston Geological Society Foundation was established in 1984 with the intent of providing scholarships to deserving undergraduate geosciences majors. The Foundation was incorporated in 1985 and achieved tax-exempt status from the IRS later the same year as a nonprofit Section 501c (6) organization for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes. As of NOVEMBER 2018, Foundation trustees include Joe Lynch (chairman), Angela Hammond (Treasurer), Shannon Lemke (Secretary), Paul Hoffman, Scott Krueger, Jacob Umbriaco, Kristin Burns, Jon Blickwede, and Sameer Baral. The Foundation has provided over $300,000 in scholarships since its inception.
The Foundation uses a variety of means to try to raise scholarship funds. Direct donations, HGS membership dues, Vendors Corner proceeds, matching-fund donations, and golf tournaments all produce funds that help support our scholarship program. Since 2011, the HGS has also allowed the Foundation and Calvert Memorial (graduate) scholarship programs to recruit sponsors for Legends/Scholarship Night and has hosted a special dinner meeting to honor the scholarship recipients. Profits from these events are split between the two scholarship funds and are a significant source of funding.
Seven universities participate in the Foundation’s scholarship program. These include Rice University, the University of Houston, Texas A&M, the University of Texas, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Lamar. Each fall, the head of the geosciences department at each university is contacted. The university submits two nominees and notifies the students of their nomination.
Each student is then required to file an application to the Foundation by a deadline. All applications are reviewed in late November and winners are notified in December. The scholarships are presented to the students in January or February at one of the regular HGS dinner meetings. Typically, the Foundation attempts to award a scholarship to each university participating in the program, if the applicants are qualified. Scholarship amounts may vary from year to year but in recent years have been $1500 per student. In addition, the highest overall ranked student each year is awarded the Maby Scholarship and awarded an extra $1,000 given from the Maby family.