The Tobacco Root Geological
Society is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the study
of geology of the Northern Rocky Mountain Province. Our scholarships
aim to help field geologists with their expenses. Our annual field
conference provides a venue for publishing the results of diverse
geological studies in a relaxed atmosphere among peers who reunite
each year for campfire discussions, organized field trips, and a
short technical session. We print the technical papers in the
journal Northwest Geology. The recipients of our
scholarships are invited to publish an abstract of their research
the following year.
Your donations are most
welcome. TRGS is an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)
tax-exempt charitable organization. For individual donors, this means
that your contributions are deductible from taxable
income as charitable contributions to the extent allowed by law.
The TRGS and Harrison Scholarship Funds are endowments; scholarships are based on the proceeds (interest) and the principal is not touched. You can make a donation to either endowment, to make the principal grow, or you can donate directly to the spendable account for either scholarship. The Foster Scholarship fund is not an endowment, and all monies there are spendable. Please indicate your preference for spendable account or endowment account.
If you would like to make a donation to our
Scholarship Funds, please complete the Donation Form, make checks payable to TRGS and mail to P.O. Box 2734,
Missoula, MT 59806. Thanks!
The Tobacco Root Geological
Society offers scholarships with three different criteria for qualified
candidates, including geology graduate students and undergrads, and in the case of the Foster Scholarship, other researchers as well as students. Scholarship amounts range up to $1,000 each, with individual award amounts recommended by the Scholarship Committee and determined by the Executive Committee of the TRGS. We sometimes grant small "general assistance" awards in addition to the named scholarships.
TRGS Field Scholarship(s)
will go to a student working on a field-based project in
the northern Rocky Mountains. Preference will be given to mapping
projects in Montana, Idaho, and northern Wyoming. Based in part on
need, the scholarship is expected to be used for field expenses.
Scholarship(s) - In memory of Jack Harrison and made possible by a
generous endowment from Jack to the TRGS, awards will go to
students working on any project involving Precambrian rocks. Based in
part on need, this award can only be used for field expenses.
The Michael Thompson
Foster Scholarship(s) - Given in memory of Michael Thompson
Foster, to students, researchers, or
explorationists who best exemplify the prospector ethic. Criteria
are a demonstrated interest and ability in mineral exploration,
field research, or economic pursuits which advance our knowledge of
mineral commodities and public commitment to responsible mining. Supported by generous grants from Rob Foster.
The winners of the scholarships
are announced during the annual field conference in August each year
(or sooner) and are handed or mailed a check. The money is immediately
available, no strings attached. Scholarship winners are strongly
encouraged to present the results of their research at a TRGS meeting.
Scholarship recipients will receive free registration at the meeting
where they present their work as either an oral paper or poster session,
or better yet as a field trip. By submitting an application, you
give TRGS permission to publish, at its option, an abstract of your
proposal, either on-line or in Northwest Geology, or both.
See also information for the Gibson-TRGS Geology Field Course Award for Excellence
to apply for scholarships
Applicants for any of the three
scholarships are required to submit a 1-2 page written proposal
which must include:
Based on objectives stated in the proposal, our scholarship committee will determine which scholarship is most appropriate. All awards of any amount are considered income by the IRS and recipients are responsible for any taxes. For awards of $600 or greater, the TRGS must file 1099 forms, so the recipient's social security number will be required before the award can be given. Do NOT include your SSN with your application; we will request it if needed.
- Applicant's name, e-mail, institution, and physical address
- Project title & degree sought (Masters, Doctoral, other)
- Research objectives &
- Field area map
- Field expense budget
- Time frame
- If applicant previously received a TRGS scholarship, include description of previous work, how the TRGS money was spent, and how the present work will build on the previous work.
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by February 15, 2014 |
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