The School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment (and the various academic units therein) offers scholarships specific to academic majors housed within the school. Students may apply for all SEOE scholarships using a single application. The exception is the GeoScholar Scholarship, which has its own application process.
In addition, the SEOE Student Services Office maintains a list of both internal and external awards which may be of particular interest to its majors.
Geosciences Scholarships and Awards:
Stephen Taber Undergraduate Scholarship - The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences offers scholarships to selected majors in Geological Sciences and Geophysics. The Stephen Taber Undergraduate Scholarships provide $500 per year plus a tuition reduction for out-of-state students, and can be renewed for up to four years for students who maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and remain undergraduate majors in Geological Sciences or Geophysics. Both incoming students and current majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply; the application deadline for the academic year is April 1. Download Application
Dr. Mack Gipson Scholarship - The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences offers a scholarship for students from groups traditionally under-represented in the geosciences. This Departmental scholarship is awarded to eligible students with the goal of: 1) exposing, attracting, encouraging and assisting interested students in becoming geoscientists; 2) increasing representation of students from groups traditionally under-represented in the geosciences; and 3) increasing recruitment and retention of students from groups traditionally under-represented at the university, especially in the sciences. The Dr. Mack Gipson Scholarship provides $500 per year plus a tuition reduction for out-of-state students, and can be renewed for up to four years for students who maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and remain undergraduate majors in Geological Sciences or Geophysics. Both incoming students and current majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply; the application deadline for the academic year is April 1. Download Application
Joseph R. LeConte Outstanding Junior Award - The Joseph R. LeConte Outstanding Junior Award is presented to a junior in GeoScience who has an outstanding academic record in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment.
Joseph R. LeConte Outstanding Senior Award - The Joseph R. LeConte Outstanding Senior Award is presented to a senior in GeoScience who has an outstanding academic record in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment.
College of Arts & Sciences Rising Senior Award - The College of Arts & Sciences Rising Senior Award is presented each year to a rising senior with an outstanding academic record in all areas of achievement (including a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or higher).
The Distinguished Academic Achievement Award -This award is given on an occasional basis to students with senior standing in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment who have established a distinguished record of academic achievement.
American Institute of Professional Geologists National Scholarship Program
The purpose of this award is to assist students with college education costs and to promote student participation in the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG).
Eligibility: Declared major in Geology or Geo-Science; sophomores or above; AIPG membership
American Mineralogist Undergraduate Award
The Mineralogical Society of America's American Mineralogist Undergraduate (AMU) Award program recognizes outstanding students who have shown an interest and ability in the discipline of mineralogy.
Eligibility: departmental nomination (speak with your advisor or the Undergraduate Director)
Deadline: January and July
Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) Scholarships
The AEG offers a variety of scholarships, including one to offset the costs of field camp, to students interested in engineering geology, environmental geology and hydrogeology.
Eligibility: Student membership in the AEG
American Geological Institute Minority Participation Program:
Marine Sciences Scholarships
Between 10-15 scholarships are awarded each year to Marine Science undergraduates with outstanding academic achievement (including incoming Freshman). Out-of-state students who receive these scholarships may be eligible for a reduction in tuition if they meet a minimum weighted core GPA and standardized test score requirements set by the Office of Admissions. (Students who do not meet these minimum requirements will qualify for a tuition reduction in subsequent years if they maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.)
Please note that the Marine Science Program participates in the Academic Common Market, a tuition-reduction program for college students. Students from Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia who plan to major in Marine Science may also be eligible. For more information, please visit Academic Common Market FAQ.
The Friends of the Baruch Institute typically fund five undergraduate scholarships at $500/year (250/semester). The David Odom Scholarship typically funds six undergraduate scholarships at $500/year (250/semester). One scholarship recipient is funded by the BJ and RJ Canine Scholarship Fund at $500/year (250/semester).
The submission deadline each year is April 1. Applications may be obtained from Jackie McClary in the SEOE office (EWS 603).
College of Arts and Sciences Marine Science Outstanding Rising Senior Award
This $500 award is given annually by the College of Science and Mathematics to a rising senior Marine Science major who has demonstrated excellence in Marine Science. Students are nominated with a letter written by a Marine Science Faculty member and submitted to the Undergraduate Director by February 1st of each year.
Outstanding Undergraduate in Marine Science Award
Each year, the Marine Science Program awards $500 to the Marine Science student most recognized for outstanding academic performance, research participation and support of the Marine Science Program through volunteer efforts. Students are nominated with a letter written by a Marine Science Faculty member and submitted to the Undergraduate Director by February 1st of each year.
Traci J. Heincelman Memorial Scholarship/Award
The Traci Heincelman Memorial Scholarship is given to a rising Junior in Marine Science who best epitomizes the Marine Science Program: academic excellence, research, and volunteerism. This $1000 award is given in memory of Traci Jeanne Heincelman, one of our outstanding Marine Science majors who died in a tragic automobile accident on the first day of spring break in 2002. A McNair Scholar in the Honors College, Traci was heavily involved in marine science activities and a campus leader. She spent a semester abroad in Australia, and returned to begin a Master's degree in Biology as she simultaneously finished her BS in Marine Science. Throughout all of this, she maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average, and had completed all of her coursework for the M.S. In her memory, her parents set up the Traci Jeanne Heincelman Memorial Scholarship. Since its inception, over $26,000 have been received in donations. Students are nominated with a letter written by a Marine Science Faculty member and submitted to the Undergraduate Director by February 1st of each year.
GeoScholar Scholarship Program
The GeoScholar Scholarship Program provides financial and academic support for underrepresented students who have demonstrated financial need and are pursuing undergraduate degrees in the geosciences at the University of South Carolina: Environmental Science, Geology, Geophysics, and Marine Science. GeoScholar Scholarship Recipients may receive up to $7910/year in financial aid and housing in their first year and $5000/year thereafter, renewable up to four years. In certain circumstances, students may be eligible for a 5th year of aid. This a four-year value worth approximately $22,910 and the award may be combined with other sources of state and federal-based aid. Benefits include: a series of common courses and academic support programs and are provided with research opportunities and one on one mentoring with faculty throughout the year. All activities are fully integrated with the geoscience majors. First year students are housed together in the Green Quad, a centrally located LEAD certified facility. APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 24, 2017. Read more here...