Earth Science Scholarships

To be eligible for as many scholarships as possible, students are encouraged to complete the UNI Scholarship Application each year by January 15.  Some university and college scholarships also require evidence of financial need, which requires completion of the FAFSA application.

Helpful instructions for filling out the UNI Scholarship Application can be found here - this is specifically for students who are potential or current majors in the department of Earth Science.

Science, Technology, and Mathematics Scholarship: Earth Science

Purpose: Awarded to an incoming freshman intending to major in the Earth Science Department. Selection based on academic ability and interest in the Earth Sciences.

Guidelines: Student must complete an UNI Scholarship Application for Undergraduates during the fall of their senior year of high school. These are four-year renewable scholarships. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and demonstrate satisfactory progress toward a degree in the Earth Science Department to retain the scholarship. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year and are determined by the number of scholarships given each year.

Bill and Teri Brecht Scholarship

This fund was established by Earth Science Alumni, Bill and Teri Brecht to provide financial assistance to students pursuing an Earth Science Teaching degree.  Students must be juniors or seniors and have a minimum GPA of 2.8. 

Guidelines: Students must be juniors or seniors Earth Science Teaching majors and have a minimum GPA of 2.8.  Student must complete an UNI Scholarship Application for Undergraduates during the spring semester.

Charles J. Hearst Scholarship

Purpose: Assist a capable undergraduate student majoring in the Department of Earth Science at the University of Northern Iowa; open to students who have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours at UNI; selection based on consideration of academic ability and financial need, with academic ability being the major consideration. Award amount varies.

Guidelines: Student must complete an UNI Scholarship Application for Undergraduates during the spring semester. Awarded annually upon the recommendation of the faculty of the Department of Earth Science. Selection will be made by a faculty committee of the Department of Earth Science, appointed by the department head. Announcement of the recipient of the Charles J. Hearst Scholarship will be made at the annual Earth Science Recognition Dinner in the spring, with scholarship funds awarded during the following academic year.

Louise Hearst Speer Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: To assist a capable undergraduate majoring in the Department of Earth Science at the University of Northern Iowa; open to students who have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours at UNI; selection based on consideration of academic ability and financial need, with academic ability being the major consideration. Award amount varies.

Guidelines: Student must complete an UNI Scholarship Application for Undergraduates during the spring semester. Awarded annually upon the recommendation of the faculty of the Department of Earth Science. Selection will be made by a faculty committee of the Department of Earth Science, appointed by the department head. Announcement of the recipient of the Louise Hearst Speer Memorial Scholarship will be made at the annual Earth Science Recognition Dinner in the spring, with scholarship funds awarded during the following academic year.

Larry Kelsey Memorial Scholarship

Established by contributions from Anne Kelsey, family members, friends, and colleagues, this scholarship is awarded to a student in the Department of Earth Science who shows promise in the field of astronomy. Selection will be made by a committee appointed by the Head of the Department of Earth Science. Announcement of the recipient of the Kelsey Scholarship will be made at the annual Earth Science Recognition Dinner in the spring, with scholarship funds awarded during the following academic year. Award amount varies.

Dr. Larry A. Kelsey served the University of Northern Iowa with distinction from 1979-1987. He was killed in a motor-vehicle accident on 4 December 1987 while teaching in UNI's international studies program in England. Dr. Kelsey is remembered by his colleagues as a superb teacher, a promising researcher, and a dedicated staff member.

Guidelines: Student must complete an UNI Scholarship Application for Undergraduates during the spring semester.

Jan Harken Scholarship

Established in memory of Jan Harken, who after retiring as Secretary in the Department of Modern Languages at UNI for 24 years, was working on a geology degree as a start to a second career. Her dreams to travel and study fossils never came true; however, this scholarship will help others fulfill their dreams and preserve her memory in the Department. This scholarship is given annually to one or more deserving geology majors.

Guidelines: Student must complete an UNI Scholarship Application for Undergraduates during the spring semester.

Wayne and Jan Anderson Summer Geology Field Camp Award

This fund was established by Professor of Geology Emeritus Wayne I. Anderson and his wife Jan to provide financial assistance to students participating in a summer geology field camp.

Guidelines: Student must complete an UNI Scholarship Application for Undergraduates during the spring semester. Once student's grades are available, the award will be made to students for the following fall semester.

W. A. Tarr Award

Awarded to a member of the local chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the Earth Science Honor Society. The member should have shown evidence of meritorious service over the past year and be in good standing. Selection is made by the faculty advisors of Sigma Gamma Epsilon. Announcement of the recipient of the W. A. Tarr Award will be made at the annual Earth Science Recognition Dinner in the spring.