Several scholarships, administered by the department or by other entities, are available to graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Geological Sciences.

Departmental Scholarships

Alabama Geological Society Student Travel Grant

The Alabama Geological Society (AGS) offers student travel grants to offset the cost of travel for graduate and undergraduate students who would like to attend professional conferences and present research. Learn more about AGS travel grants.

Field Course Scholarship

The Field Course Scholarship recognizes outstanding undergraduates majoring in geological sciences by providing supplementary funds for the summer field course. Learn more about the Field Course Scholarship.

Geological Sciences Advisory Board Scholarship (GSAB) (Summer Graduate Scholarship)

The Geological Sciences Advisory Board (GSAB) Student Scholarship Fund was established to support outstanding geological sciences graduate students at The University of Alabama.

Funding for these awards is provided by GSAB, a group of distinguished alumni and friends who play an active role in the advancement of the department. Scholarships, each having a $3,000 cash grant, are awarded to outstanding graduate applicants who will pursue activities directly in support of thesis or dissertation during summer. Learn more about criteria for the GSAB Scholarship.

GSAB Doug Jones, Gary Hooks, and Tom Joiner Scholarships

GSAB members have endowed three scholarships to honor these outstanding geologists who made lasting contributions to the Department, University, and profession:

Doug Jones was a beloved leader in the University of Alabama community, serving as Professor and Chair of Alabama’s Department of Geological Sciences and as Dean of Arts and Sciences. His efforts to expand and improve the Department and University continue to  benefit students decades after his retirement.

 Gary Hooks is one of the longest serving members of Alabama’s faculty and has led generations of students to pursue successful careers in geology. His former students created this fund to honor his remarkable gifts as a teacher and mentor which served to influence many geology majors over the years.

 Tom Joiner is a former Alabama State Geologist, widely-respected professional geologist, and co-founder of the GSAB. This scholarship was established by the GSAB to honor his great service and leadership within the profession of geology, the state of Alabama, and the University of Alabama community.

We seek applications from all prospective and current Geology and Marine Science/Geology majors. Use this form to apply: GSAB-Scholarship-Application-Form.pdf (151 downloads) and email it to Dr. Fred Andrus: fandrus@ua.edu

W. Gary Hooks Endowed Geology Fund

The W. Gary Hooks Endowed Geology Fund (Hooks Fund) was established in recognition of the outstanding contributions of Dr. W. Gary Hooks and to supplement the research, teaching, and service programs of geological sciences.

Uses for support are limited to laboratory and field research-related expenses (such as laboratory analyses, thin section analyses, field equipment, etc.), associated with activities supervised by DGS faculty.  The Hooks Fund is not intended to fund activities that Department of Geological Sciences faculty supervisors could support using other resources, and the Hooks Fund scholarship is strictly competitive. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. Learn more about applying for support from the Hooks Endowed Geology Fund.

A. S. Johnson Travel Fund Scholarship

The A. S. Johnson Travel Fund (Johnson Fund) was established to provide support to promising undergraduate or graduate geological sciences students enrolled full time. Learn more about applying for the Johnson Travel Fund Scholarship.

Wallace C. Johnson Geological Sciences Endowed Support Fund

The Wallace C. Johnson Geological Sciences Endowed Support Fund (Johnson Fund) was established to provide support to promising geological sciences students enrolled full time.

Uses for support are limited to field- and research-related travel expenses (such as conference travel, fieldwork, etc.), associated with activities supervised by Department of Geological Sciences faculty. The Johnson Fund is not intended to fund travel that Department of Geological Sciences faculty supervisors could support using other resources. Learn more about applying for the Johnson Endowed Support Fund.

Walter B. Jones Summer Research Scholarship

The Walter Jones Summer Research Scholarship is established to help support faculty research within the state of Alabama, and student research associated with and supervised by a faculty member. Learn more about the Walter Jones Summer Research Scholarship.

External Scholarships

The following scholarships are NOT administered by the Department of Geological Sciences. Information about these external scholarships is also available in a PDF file.