Foundation Gifts Provide Geoscience Education Support

According to CNN Money’s “Best Jobs in America,” petroleum geologists rank number 73.

Why start a Foundation Update column with that kind of information?

Because the largest programs that the Foundation maintains help geology students through school – we provide grants and scholarships, we recognize outstanding educators and we enable students to participate in activities that build their knowledge, their network, their leadership skills and much more.

Petroleum geology is an amazing field; it’s like a “best kept secret.” And we’re doing our part to help students who have chosen this career path – and enlighten those who are yet to decide.

Foundation funding means a great deal to its many grant recipients. Here’s one example (addressed to the donor, Mrs. Marta Weeks-Wulf) from Andrew Hutsky, president of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln AAPG Student Chapter:

On behalf of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln AAPG Student Chapter, the officers would like to thank you for your generous contribution and support for the L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant.

With this grant, we will continue to sponsor chapter activities that will help advance our student member profiles both professionally and educationally. Such events include attendance to regional petroleum geoscience job fairs, industry-related field trips, hosting future industry professionals for short courses and attending the AAPG annual conferences.

It is the ultimate goal of our organization to assist our members in obtaining a successful career in the petroleum industry, which would be rather difficult without your contribution to the L. Austin Weeks grant.

Your support of the AAPG Foundation enables us to reach farther. Consider a gift today.


The AAPG Foundation recently established a Military Veteran’s Scholarship Program to provide much-needed funding to military veterans who are pursuing a college education in the geosciences.

Considerable appreciation is extended to John F. Bookout Jr. for establishing the program’s first scholarship. His $50,000 gift will provide an ongoing, annual scholarship in the amount of $2,000.

To join Mr. Bookout and others, donate to the AAPG Foundation today.


This past month, the Foundation’s general fund, the L. Austin Weeks Memorial Grant Fund and the James A. Hartman Student Chapter Leadership Summit Fund all received double funding because of Chevron Humankind’s matching gift program.

If you haven’t already, please check with your employer to see if they offer a matching fund program. It could make your gift twice as valuable.

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Foundation Update - Natalie Adams

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

Foundation Update is a regular column in the EXPLORER offering news about the AAPG Foundation’s latest activities. For more information about the AAPG Foundation, visit the Foundation website, email, or call (918) 560-2644.

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