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EPS Advisory Board Scholarships

The EPS Advisory Board Scholarship program was set up by departmental alumni and friends in 2018 to provide support for Geology and Geology & Environmental Studies (GES) undergraduate students and Geology graduate students. Scholarships will be given out in Spring and Fall terms. Awards are typically in the range of $500 to $1,000. There are two types of scholarships:

“Financial Need” and “Hardship” scholarships for GES Undergraduate

These are non-recurring (one-time) scholarships. Criteria for the two scholarships are similar, but the Hardship scholarship is for students who have immediate and critical needs. The Hardship scholarships have a shorter application and can be submitted at any time, whereas the Financial Need scholarships have application deadlines twice a year. Factors considered in making awards include, but are not limited to, student’s educational and living expenses, income, family contributions towards education, eligibility for “Pell grants”, expiration or loss of “Hope Scholarship”, status as a “first generation student” and health/family considerations.  There is no GPA or academic requirement, other than the student must be making adequate progress towards their degree.  Applications for Financial Need scholarships are due by February 15 and September 30 each year. Hardship scholarship requests can be submitted at any time. Application forms are at available here. Financial need and hardship applications and awards are strictly confidential. Please submit applications by email to the senior Chair of the EPS Undergraduate Program Committee, Colin Sumrall csumrall@utk.edu.   

General AB scholarships for GES undergrads and Geology graduate students

These are non-recurring (one-time) scholarships (fellowships, if awarded to a graduate student). The purpose of the award is to provide students with support for a wide variety of needs or activities. These could include books, computers, other electronics, academic travel, study abroad, research, etc. These awards are meant to supplement, not replace, existing EPS department funds (Byerly field camp scholarships, Ross field camp scholarships, departmental travel grants, Otto Kopp undergrad research scholarships), Grad Student Senate Travel Grants, and faculty research grants or endowments. Student GPA, academic standing and financial need may be considered for the award, but are not the sole factor. Successful applicants must be making adequate progress towards their degree. Applications are due by February 15 and September 30 each year. EPS may announce recipients of General AB Scholarships. Application forms are at available here. Please submit applications by email to the senior Chair of the EPS Undergraduate Program Committee, Colin Sumrall csumrall@utk.edu.

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