GeoFORCE Gets Foundation Grant

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
GeoFORCE eleventh graders at Mt. Saint Helens; the AAPG Foundation provides funding for the program, which seeks to increase interest in the geosciences among high school students.
GeoFORCE eleventh graders at Mt. Saint Helens; the AAPG Foundation provides funding for the program, which seeks to increase interest in the geosciences among high school students.

The AAPG Foundation Trustees have approved granting $45,000 to the Texas GeoFORCE program, to be given over the next three years.

The Foundation began funding the GeoFORCE program three years ago, which continues to meet its objective of increasing interest in the geosciences among high school students with emphasis on minorities.

Currently, there are nearly 700 students in the GeoFORCE program, which identifies eighth-graders who are high achievers in math and science and then provides them with a four-year series of work-and-reward activities that motivates them to excel. Field trips to places like Washington, D.C., and the Grand Canyon are included (see “Making a Difference”).

Funding also was approved for the AAPG Student Focus Booth at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, held in Denver in late October and early November. The booth promoted and facilitated AAPG new member recruitment, primarily targeting students and academic faculty.

The Foundation has provided funding for this event since 2006.

The Foundation continues to support programs all over the world that educate, train and enhance the careers of those in the geosciences – your contributions are hard at work and making a difference.

For a list of programs and projects supported, or to submit a proposal for funding, go to

Many thanks to William Dost Jr. for making a contribution to establish a University Subscription for Western Kentucky University.

Through a one-time endowment gift of $12,500 to the AAPG Foundation Digital Products Fund-University Subscription, students and faculty at your alma mater receive uninterrupted access to the entire AAPG Digital Library – over 850,000 pages of international, national and regional libraries of petroleum and geology and geophysics information.

Several opportunities currently exist to have your contribution to the AAPG Foundation matched, including:

  • The Tulsa Geological Society will match donations made toward a university subscription to two universities – the University of Tulsa and the University of Arkansas.
  • Gifts given to the Erik Mason Memorial fund will be designated to support the scholarship established in his name at Oklahoma State University and matched two-to-one through OSU and made available by AAPG member T. Boone Pickens if they are received by Feb. 11, or 1:5 to 1 if they are pledged over the next five years.
  • All are encouraged to inquire at your company about matches that may exist there.

Every gift made to the AAPG Foundation will count toward the “Meeting Challenges … Assuring Success” campaign. The current status of campaign pledges and contributions is available online at the Foundation website.

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