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Scholarships and Aid

The Department of Geology and Physics has a number of scholarships and awards for students who have demonstrated high levels of academic performance, either as a student in high school or as a Geology major or as an Earth-Space Science teaching major. The scholarships are awarded by faculty review of potential recipients in the late fall/early spring of each academic year. Where indicated, students may be required to submit an application form to be eligible to receive the award. The details of each award are listed below, along with links to the appropriate application forms, if required.

Scholarship Name Award Amount Criteria for receiving award
Walter F. Sill Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Geology $1500 The top award given to full time Geology majors. Student must have a 3.75 GPA. Student must be a junior, and the award must be used during senior year.
Walter F. Sill Memorial Scholarship for Academic Achievement in Geology $1000 Meritorious award given to full time Geology majors. Student must have a 3.25 GPA. Student must use award during either junior or senior year.
Walter F. Sill Memorial Scholarship for Academic Merit in Geology $750 Meritorious award given to full-time or part-time Geology majors. Student must have a 3.00 GPA, and at least 45 USI credit hours, with at least 9 credit hours of geology coursework.
Walter F. Sill Memorial Promising Prospective Geology student Scholarship $1000 Award given to a student who shows promise and interest in becoming a geology major
Walter F. Sill Geology Field Camp Award up to $1500 Award given to Junior or Senior Geology majors with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Must submit an application form that includes proof of enrollment in a summer Geological Field Camp at universities offering such courses. Awards can be weighted based on number of applicants, GPA and field camp costs.
J. R. Dick Harris Memorial Scholarship $750 Award given to a geology major at USI with a minimum of 15 hours of completed Geology coursework and a cumulative GPA of 3.00. Must complete an application form that details your interest to apply of geological knowledge to Environmental, Petroleum or Business-related issues.
Evansville Lapidary Society Scholarship $200 Award given to an incoming Geology major or minor with a high school GPA equivalent to a B or to a student pursuing a secondary teaching curriculum in science with a primary emphasis of Earth and Space Science Teaching.
Indiana Oil and Gas Association (INOGA) Scholarship $1000 Award is given to an incoming student who plans to major in geology or to a student who is changing their major to geology program at USI with the hope that they will pursue a career in the Indiana oil and gas industry. Students must have a 3.0 GPA, or equivalent to be eligible. Award is non-renewable; may be used for tuition, fees, and books. Preference will be given to children and stepchildren of members of the Indiana Oil & Gas Association and to children and stepchildren of oil and gas industry workers pursuing a geology degree.

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