The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University takes great pride in the sense of family that we have maintained ever since our founding in 1965. Your contribution enriches the experience for current and future students, faculty, and staff by adding an extra margin of excellence to our program which, as a result, helps us to attract top faculty and students. Additionally, your contribution creates opportunities for research, scholarships, field opportunities, fellowships, campus enhancements and more. Join us by making a gift to the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at WMU today.
Endowments and scholarships
Alan E. Kehew Endowment: This fund supports travel costs for fieldwork, conference travel or for enrollment in the hydrogeology field course for one graduate student working on glacial geology/geomorphology or hydrogeology.
Alumni and Friends Outreach Endowment Fund: This fund shall support initiatives aimed at encouraging, fostering, and solidifying the continued communication and social interaction with our alumni and friends.
Barry and Beth McBride Endowment: This endowment supports course related field trips for faculty, staff and students. It covers transportation, lodging, food and entrance fees to exhibits. Total expenses will be divided equally among all travel participants.
Christopher J. Schmidt Endowment: This endowment is used at the discretion of the department chair for any purpose that supports undergraduate research field study, preferably structural geology or any hard rock geology.
Core of Four Endowment: The fund shall support an undergraduate student in completing undergraduate equivalent core courses in Geology as a foundation for future Employment. The eligible student shall be a Junior or 1st year Senior and declared Geosciences Major with preferably a 2.5 or higher GPA. Must also have completed physical and historical geology courses or equivalent courses in the current catalog (when the scholarship is awarded) and at least two of the following geology courses: mineralogy, petrology and petrography; stratigraphy and sedimentation, invertebrate paleontology, structural geology, economic geology, geochemistry, geophysics or BA level writing or communications (writing and public speaking) course. Must also have documented volunteer services with city, church, education, disaster relief, etc during the last 4 years.
CoreKids Geosciences Endowment Fund: The fund shall support the CoreKids program including funding for specific events, student stipends, travel support, and refurbishing or acquiring materials for activities.
Department of Geosciences Endowment: This endowment is used at the discretion of the department chair in consultation with the departmental budget committee chair. It is used exclusively for the benefit of the department and recognition of professional development of students, faculty and staff.
Douglas Daniels Endowment: This endowment was established to honor Douglas Daniels who supported the department as a geologist. The scholarship from this endowment is awarded to an undergraduate junior or above with a geology major.
Empowering Geosciences Fund: This endowment was established to support the University. The fund supports the teaching, research and outreach activities to empower the department.
Envirologic Technologies Endowment: The scholarship through this endowment is awarded to full-time students. Special consideration will be given to first generation college students with socioeconomic obstacles, educational disadvantages and disabilities.
Geosciences Advisory Council Quasi-Endowment: This endowment was established by the Department of Geosciences Advisory Council to advance student development activities.
Geosciences Graduate Student Scholarship Fund: The scholarship must be awarded to a graduate student completing a thesis or dissertation in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences in the area of sedimentary geology or stratigraphy. The recipient's research project may focus on geochemical, geomechanical, petrological, diagenetic, stratigraphic, and/or geoengineering aspects of sedimentary geology/stratigraphy but should have potential applications to oil, gas or mineral exploration.
Geosciences Study Abroad Endowment: This endowment is used for WMU-sponsored study abroad expenses for faculty, staff and students. It covers travel, lodging, food and entrance fees to exhibits. Total expenses will be divided equally among all travel participants.
John and Kelly Grace Endowment: This endowment is used at the discretion of the department chair to support undergraduate geoscience students. It covers tuition and fees, research activities and presentations at national and regional professional meetings. Preference will be given to students studying science education, mineralogy, petrology, economic geology or crystallography.
Laton-Lambright Field Camp Endowment: This endowment is used to fund scholarships and buy supplies for the hydrogeology field course. Half of the spendable amount is awarded to a student enrolled in the course and the remaining is used to purchase supplies. One scholarship will be awarded annually and credited directly for tuition and fees.
Lloyd Schmaltz Museum of Earth History Endowment: This endowment shall be used for facilities, education, and or programming including: upkeep and maintenance, major purchases for exhibits, personnel and staff hiring needs, all current and future indoor and outdoor museum entities (e.g. Dinosaur Park and surrounding area).
Lloyd Schmaltz Quasi-Endowment: This endowment used at the discretion of the department chair was established to honor Dr. Lloyd Schmaltz for his continuous and generous support to the department. Dr. Schmaltz was the founder and first chair of the department. He has been retired for over 20 years and still participates in the activities organized by the department and Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education. This endowment promotes educational and research activities of students and faculty.
MGRRE Quasi-Endowment: The Department of Geosciences and the director of the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education established this endowment exclusively for the repository. This fund supports staff, equipment acquisition, maintenance, supplies, sample preparation, maintenance, transportation, workshops, student support activities and other repository sponsored projects. The fund may also be used to purchase existing buildings or to construct new facilities.
Mohamed I. Sultan Endowment: This endowment is used at the discretion of the department chair for any purpose that supports students, preferably in remote sensing, geographic information system and hydrogeology. It covers transportation, conference fees and research-related purchases.
Peter J. Kaczor Geology Endowment: This endowment was established in memory of Peter Kaczor who graduated in 1994 with a geology major. He was a strong athlete and was training for a triathlon when he was hit by a car while riding a bicycle. His friends and family created a lasting legacy in his memory. Peter was a proud outdoorsman who loved shooting, camping, fishing and exercising and was conservative and spiritual in nature. The scholarship through this endowment is available to junior undergraduate students.
Randall Kerhin Graduate Endowment: The scholarship through this endowment is awarded to a full-time graduate student.
Ronald B. Chase Endowment: This endowment is used at the discretion of department chair for any purpose that supports summer field camps. Preference will be given for geology majors to attend upper peninsula field camp and group travel for faculty, staff and students. It covers transportation, lodging, food and entrance fees. The expenses will be divided equally among all travel participants.
Shirley J. Aiken Geosciences Scholarship: This endowment is used at the discretion of the department chair to support junior or senior geoscience undergraduates. Preference will be given to a geochemistry student interested in mining and minerals industries. Candidates with multidisciplinary majors in biology, chemistry and geology with a community services background will be given preference.
The Core of Four Endowment for Geosciences: This endowment, instituted by Dr. Lloyd Schmaltz nearly 30 years ago, refers to four alumni who have volunteered on the Geosciences Advisory Council since it was conceived. The endowment supports an undergraduate student completing geology core courses. This endowment is administered by the department chair or their designee to ensure that expenses are in accordance with the spirit of the endowment.
The Roger and LuAnne Steininger Geology Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Lloyd Schmaltz: This fund shall support undergraduate Geological and Environmental Sciences majors with junior or senior status who demonstrate financial need. The preferred recipient(s) will be able to demonstrate they are serious about a career in geology with involvement in geology activities outside of the classroom, such as field trips, club participation, or volunteering.
Tom Straw Endowment: This endowment is used at the discretion of the department chair to support undergraduate geoscience students. The fund will be awarded by a faculty scholarship committee during the fall term after the spring awards banquet.
W. David Kuenzi Geology Endowment: This is an endowment to support travel to meetings, presentations and conferences. It also augments funds requested from other sources.
William and Linda Harrison Endowment: This endowment was established to honor William and Linda Harrison for their great contributions to establish and develop the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education. The endowment will be used exclusively for the benefit of the department and professional development of students, faculty and staff.