Foundation Update

Projects Funded

AAPG Foundation trustees approved funding for two projects during their recent meeting at AAPG headquarters in Tulsa.

Proposals were approved for:

The Region 4 Science Collaborative in Houston, which will receive $6,000 for three “More! Rocks in Your Head” workshops.

Region 4 provides professional development for 53 school districts and more than 83,000 educators in and around Houston.

AAPG’s Publications Pipeline project, which will receive $6,000.

This program strives to improve geoscience education in countries abroad by providing used geoscience books and periodicals at no cost to eligible libraries that request them.

This additional funding will enable the Publications Pipeline Committee to meet costs associated with their storage facility in Houston.

To make a donation (financial or publication) to the initiative, contact the Foundation office. The value of donation and shipping costs are deductible.

The trustees reported that Foundation assets totaled $36.1 million as of Nov. 1. A complete summary will appear in the December BULLETIN.

The Foundation’s “Meeting Challenges … Assuring Success” campaign has been a success, reaching $35.2 million in pledges and contributions. To date, over $22.3 million have come in the form of contributions with the balance of $12.9 million remaining in pledges to be fulfilled over the next few years.

Current trustees are: Bill Fisher (chair), John Amoruso (vice chair), Jim Gibbs (secretary), Bill Gipson (treasurer), Ray Thomasson and Paul Strunk.

In other Foundation news:

John P. and Erika Lockridge have established a new Named Grant-in-Aid for a student studying geology at the Colorado School of Mines.

The purpose of the AAPG Foundation’s Grants-in-Aid program is to foster geoscience research by providing financial assistance to graduate students whose thesis research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-mineral resources, and/or to related environmental geology issues.

Grants are based on merit and, in part, on financial need. Although the program’s focus is the support of qualified candidates for master’s or equivalent degrees, qualified doctoral candidates also are encouraged to apply.

Grants range from $1,000 to $3,000.

To establish a named grant to support your favorite college or university’s geology department, contact the Foundation office today.

The Foundation is funding a Stanford School of Earth Science carbonate course, made possible by the generous donation of AAPG member Stewart Chuber. This course will be held in December.

Two new members have been added to the AAPG Foundation Trustee Associates. They are:

  • Rita Monahan, of Houston.
  • Terry J. Mather, of Centennial, Colo.

The AAPG Foundation Trustee Associates, formed in 1978, was created for the purpose of supporting the AAPG Foundation, providing counsel and leadership to its Trustees, lending support to its fundraising efforts and guiding the scientific and educational agenda which it overwrites.

Today there are more than 275 Trustee Associates who support more than 30 funds and programs, thereby dramatically accelerating its ability to support scientific educational programs.

To find out more about the Foundation Trustee Associates visit

Some holiday cheer: Donors who give $200 from now through the end of 2011 will receive a beautiful AAPG Foundation Christmas ornament.

To receive the ornament, send your donation to the Foundation at P.O. Box 979, Tulsa, Okla. 74101.

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Natalie Adams served as the AAPG Foundation manager from October 2010 through April 2014.

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