Requirements and Guidelines

The AAPG Foundation’s United States Military Veterans Scholarship Program (MVSP) is designed to promote the advancement of student veterans in educational geoscience programs at the undergraduate level.

Applicant Eligibility: Who can apply for an AAPG Foundation MVSP Scholarship?

Active U.S. Military service members (including National Guard and Reserve) or veteran members separated from active military service who have been honorably discharged and are entering or reentering a post-secondary undergraduate or program in a field of geoscience full-time or part-time at a four-year accredited college or university. Preference may be given to students who express an interest in a geoscience focused on energy related subjects.

Required Materials

 MVSP applicants must:

  1. Provide documentation of military service by one of the following:
    • Post-911 GI Bill award letter DD Form 214, Honorable discharge letter, or letter from the commanding officer certifying current National Guard or Reserve status
  2. Provide official or unofficial transcripts showing a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance for enrollment to an eligible post-secondary geoscience undergraduate degree program at an accredited four-year college or university.
  4. Describe financial need acknowledging that if awarded, MVSP funds will be used for educational needs or “cost of attendance” for the pursuit of the geoscience undergraduate degree.
    • (i.e. Funds may be used for tuition, books, fees and  living expenses including mortgage or rent, property taxes, interest, insurance, maintenance, repairs, gas, electric, water, heating oil, garbage collection, residential telephone service, cell phone service internet service, food, computer hardware and school related software.
  5. Write a career goal statement (250-500 words) including a description of geoscience career goals and how a MVSP scholarship will help applicant achieve those goals.
  6. Include 1-4 letter(s) of recommendation from military supervisor, former teacher, mentor, professor or academic advisor.

Scholarship Amounts

Scholarship amounts range from $2,000 to $4,000 per student per year based on merit, financial need, and number of applications.

Application Details

When/how can applicants apply?

The application process will open 15 January and close 15 April annually and will provide scholarships for the following academic year. The application will be available online beginning 15 January.

When will winners be announced?

The Foundation MVSP Committee will select recipients by 15 May annually. Announcement and distribution of awards will be made no later than 1 June annually.

How may MVSP scholarship funds be used?

Scholarship funds must be used for costs associated with attendance including tuition, fees, books and eligible living expenses. Eligible living expenses include i.e. mortgage or rent, property taxes, interest, insurance, maintenance, repairs, gas, electric, water, heating oil, garbage collection, residential telephone service, cell phone service internet service, food, computer hardware and school related software.

Requirements following award:

Final applicants will be chosen by the AAPG Foundation MVSP Committee based on six aspects: strength of 1) academic record, 2) civic involvement, 3) work and leadership experience, 4) geoscience suitability, 5) career statement and 6) recommendation letter.

When will winners be announced?

The Foundation MVSP Committee will select recipients by 15 May annually. Announcement and distribution of awards will be made no later than 1 June annually.

Questions? Comments? Contact AAPG Foundation Program Coordinator, April Stuart at (918) 560-2664, or toll-free 1 (855) 302-2743.