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Scholarships offered by the AWG Potomac Chapter

The two scholarships described below are awarded annually by AWG's Potomac Chapter. Application materials should be received by the end of April.

The William Rucker Greenwood Scholarship

Award amount: $1000

The William Rucker Greenwood Scholarship is awarded each year by AWG-Potomac Chapter through the AWG Foundation to honor and provide support for outstanding minority women geoscience students. Bill Greenwood was one of AWG's more cherished members. During his life, he worked to improve the status of women and minorities in the geosciences. As Associate Chief Geologist at the U.S. Geologist Survey, he was instrumental in forming the USGS Women's Advisory Committee that addresses issues that are important to women.

Eligible candidates must be minority women who are currently enrolled as fulltime, graduate or undergraduate geoscience majors in an accredited, degree-granting college or university in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia. The candidate must demonstrate (1) awareness of the importance of community outreach by participation in geoscience or earth-science education activities that reflect AWG's goals and (2) potential for leadership as a future geoscience professional. Please submit (1) a letter of nomination from a current geoscience professor or the geoscience department chairperson, (2) one additional letter of recommendation from geoscience faculty or geoscience employer, and (3) a letter of application from the candidate. Candidates must include their school and home addresses.

The deadline for postmarking of all application materials is April 30.

Nominations and supporting materials should be mailed to:

AWG's goals are to encourage the participation of women in the geosciences, to exchange educational, technical, and professional information, and to enhance the professional growth and advancement of women in the geosciences.

Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to the William Rucker Greenwood Scholarship:

AWG Foundation
c/o Linda L. Davis, AWGF Treasurer
Geology Department
PAD 118
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401

Checks should be made out to the AWG Foundation, and the notation line (lower left corner of check) should read "The William Rucker Greenwood Scholarship."

The Penelope Hanshaw Scholarship

Award amount: $500

The Penelope Hanshaw Scholarship is awarded each year by AWG-Potomac Chapter through the AWG Foundation. The scholarship was created in 1991, to honor the work of Penny Hanshaw, a founding member of AWG-Potomac Chapter. Dr. Hanshaw was the first woman president of the Geological Society of Washington and served as Deputy Chief Geologist for Scientific Personnel at the U.S. Geological Survey prior to her retirement in 1990.

Eligible candidates are women who are currently enrolled as full-time, graduate or undergraduate geoscience majors in an accredited, degree-granting college or university in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, or West Virginia. The candidate must demonstrate (1) academic excellence by a grade-point average not lower than 3.0 (4.0 scale), (2) awareness of the importance of community outreach by participation in geoscience or earth-science education activities that reflect AWG's goals and (3) potential for leadership as a future geoscience professional.

Please submit (1) a letter of nomination from a current geoscience professor or the geoscience department chairperson, (2) an additional letter of recommendation from geoscience faculty or geoscience employers, (3) a letter of application from the candidate, and (4) an academic transcript. Candidates must include their school and home addresses.

The deadline for postmarking of all application materials is April 30.

Nominations and supporting materials should be mailed to:

    AWG Potomac Scholarships
    P.O. Box 6644
    Arlington, VA 22206-0644
    awgpotomacschol@hotmail.com

AWG's goals are to encourage the participation of women in the geosciences, to exchange educational, technical, and professional information, and to enhance the professional growth and advancement of women in the geosciences.

Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to the William Rucker Greenwood Scholarship:

AWG Foundation
c/o Linda L. Davis, AWGF Treasurer
Geology Department
PAD 118
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401

Checks should be made out to the AWG Foundation, and the notation line (lower left corner of check) should read "The Penelope Hanshaw Scholarship."

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Updated 03/26/12
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