Departmental Scholarships

Scholarships Offered by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

The application deadline for most Undergraduate Scholarships is in late October or early November (Fall), and the application deadline for most Graduate scholarships is in March (Spring). Please consult the application forms linked below to for exact dates applications are due.

Below are links to Microsoft Word Document Templates that will allow you to fill out and print application forms to submit. Applicants will also need to submit an unofficial transcript and an informal statment concerning your current funding sources and a brief statement of your accomplishments at UNM. These items are explained more extensively on the application form.

For ease in completing and printing the form, your should click on the links below to download the appropriate document template to your computer and fill it out. (Documents will download into a new browser window and load directly into Microsoft Word; close that window when done to return to this page).

Microsoft Word is required to complete the application. Any of the Windows computers in the department computer lab (Northrop 209) may be used to do this. If you have trouble downloading or using the form, see Cindy in the main office who can assist in getting the form completed.

Undergraduate Scholarship Application (Fall 2012 - Current) Updated

Graduate Scholarship Application (Spring 2010 - needs updating)

Completed application forms and unofficial transcripts are submitted as Email attachments to Cindy ( by the time and date specified on the application form.

On this page are listed most of the scholarships which may be awarded to graduate and/or undergraduate students by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. The Caswell Silver Fellowship is awarded by the Caswell Silver Foundation and is not detailed on this page. Most of the scholarships awarded by the department are the result of generous contributions from alumni and friends of the department.

For more information about any of the fellowships, scholarships, assistantships or other awards listed here please contact the Department by phone at (505) 277-4204 or Email at

Albert and Mary Jane Black
and E.E.E. Graduate Assistantship.

  • Begins in Academic Year 2003-2004
  • Graduate Student with interests in geohydrology, surface hydrology and related fields (e.g., sedimentology, geomorphology, and/or environmental geochemisty)
  • 9 month stipend for the Academic Year

Douglas Brookins Memorial Scholarship
General Thomas D. Campbell Memorial

  • Junior or senior
  • Pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth and Planetary Science
  • Two prior semesters of attendance at UNM
  • GPA of 2.7 to 3.3 (inclusive) in geology, natural sciences and mathematics, and an overall GPA of at least 2.2
  • Prime but not essentia1 consideration is financial need

Chair’s Discretionary Fund

  • Utilized to provide support for student professional activities

Collections Development Fund

  • To support the collection of rocks, minerals and fossils
  • Utilized to acquire specimens that enhance the reference and teaching collections and to purchase outstanding specimens for the department’s museum

Energy Exploration, Education Fund

  • To enhance the education of geology students in petroleum geology, basin studies and related fields

Geology Alumni Scholarship

  • Merit and service to department
  • Financial need

Vincent C. Kelley Memorial Scholarship
Paul Kelley Memorial Scholarship
Harry Leonard Scholarship

  • Undergraduate student majoring in Earth and Planetary Science
  • Financial need
  • Scholarship ability
  • New Mexico resident

Jean-Luc Miossec Memorial

  • Earth and P1anetary Sciences graduate student in geomorphology or a related field

James Drew Pfeiffer Memorial Award

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences undergraduate major
  • Financial need
  • Academic achievement

Rodney C. Rhodes Memorial Scholarship

  • Graduate student pursuing a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences at UNM
  • Specialization in igneous petrology and volcanology

Gratton Simons Endowment

  • Graduate student demonstrating a strong interest in natural resource development and/or research
  • Academic achievement
  • Financial need

Richard P. Vann Memorial Scholarship

  • Graduate students working on the paleontology of New Mexico or related subdiscipline

Alexander and Geraldine Wanek Graduate Scholarship

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences graduate student working in an area related to geological resources, including leasable minerals

Dr. Sherman A. Wengerd and Florence Mather Wengerd Traveling Fellowship

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences graduate students
  • To support field work and other travel related to thesis or dissertation work

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