Arizona Geological Society
Student outreach efforts

The Arizona Geological Society has proudly renewed our commitment to our future! We unequivocally support our students at Arizona's three universities through new efforts to stimulate student participation and professional development. We offer two scholarships awarded annually in December; these scholarships are funded primarily through member donations. 

We currently offer:

  • Free meals to student members at monthly dinner meetings (thanks to a Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold donation)
  • Sponsors Doug Shakel Memorial Award for Best Undergraduate Presentation at University of Arizona Department of Geosciences' Annual Geodaze Event
  • J. Harold Courtright Scholarship - $3,000 total (graduate students) awarded in December
  • M. Lee Allison Scholarship - $3,000 total (undergraduate and graduate students) awarded in December
  • Special pricing on Field Trips, which is made possible through our Greatest Needs Fund.
                                                   

J. Harold Courtright Scholarship

J. Harold Courtright



Harold Courtright, former chief geologist with ASARCO, had a life-long interest in mining and geology. During his career, he worked in the Cordillera in North and South America. As an exploration geologist who combined field mapping with other techniques, he was instrumental in the discovery and early development of the well-known porphyry copper deposits at Silver Bell, Arizona and Toquepala, Peru. Following his death in 1986, AGS established the Courtright Scholarship to encourage boots-on-the ground geologic field work in the North and South American Cordillera in line with Courtright's exploration approach.


Who is eligible to apply?

Graduate students working towards a degree in the geological sciences at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or University of Arizona are eligible to apply. Students should be working on a field-related project in the North or South American Cordillera.  Preference will be given to proposals related to the study of ore deposits and structural geology, but proposals related to petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, tectonics, and geophysics will be fully considered. Proposals are evaluated on the scientific significance of the proposed research, the tractability of the problem addressed, and the applicability of the research methodology to the problem at hand. United States citizenship is not a requirement.



What does the scholarship cover?

The Courtright Scholarship is intended to assist students with thesis-related expenses, including travel, field equipment, mapping and sample collection supplies, shipping, field-sample costs for petrographic and/or mineralogical slides and laboratory analyses, and other relevant expenses such as data reduction and thesis preparation. A maximum of $3,000 will be awarded on the basis of project merit and project budget requirements.

       

Recent Recipients

                                                              

M. Lee Allison
Scholarship


Announcing a new scholarship

Initially named the AGS Geosciences Scholarship when it was established in December 2012, this scholarship was renamed the M. Lee Allison Scholarship in August 2016.  Some highlights include:

  • Open to undergraduate students with geologically related research or field work and graduate geoscience students
  • Open to all geoscience subjects and no geographic restrictions
  • Consideration given to leadership involvement

 

Who is eligible to apply?

Graduate and undergraduate students who are involved in any geoscience discipline and who are working towards a degree in the geological sciences at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or University of Arizona are eligible to apply. United States citizenship is not a requirement.

 


What does the scholarship cover?

This scholarship is intended to assist students with academic expenses including, but not limited to, tuition and other school fees, books and supplies, travel, and research and field expenses. A maximum of $3,000 per applicant will be awarded.

 

Donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our ability to award scholarships is dependent on our members' generosity. Donations may be made on-line, by check or credit card. Your check should be made out to “Arizona Geological Society” and should specify the scholarship/fund name in the check memo, if a preference is desired. Donations should be mailed to:  

Arizona Geological Society

Attn: Scholarships

P.O. Box 40952

Tucson, AZ  85717-0952

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