Foundation Update

MSVP Enters Public Phase

The AAPG Foundation’s Military Veteran’s Scholarship Program has now entered the public phase, which means the membership at large now has the opportunity to contribute to the Foundation’s newest program.

Foundation chair James Gibbs made the announcement during the All-Convention Luncheon at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston.

“I get to tell all of you about a relatively new AAPG Foundation initiative that I’m sure you will find to be of vital importance,” Gibbs told the large gathering. “I’m talking about the Military Veterans Scholarship Program, which was created during the past year to promote and support educational advancement and career opportunities in geosciences to the U.S. veteran population.

“For the past several months we started and slowly built this program through private and personal solicitations,” Gibbs continued. “And through this approach some wonderful people provided some very generous funds to help us get things started.

But now, Gibbs said, the “program is ready to enter the important public phase of development – and this means all of us now have a chance to provide the opportunity for brave men and women veterans to continue to provide service by being part of the world of geosciences.”

The MVSP was announced in late 2013, started with an initial donation by Shell and boosted through a $50,000 gift from John F. Bookout Jr. A recent sizable gift to the fund also was made by AAPG Honorary member and Foundation Trustee Paul Strunk.

The fund’s goal, Gibbs said, “is to help support these highly trained and talented men and women as they pursue degrees that will enable them to gain employment within the oil and gas industry.

“By contributing to the fund, you have the direct opportunity to have a lasting impact on veterans who share your passion for the geosciences,” Gibbs said.

For more information visit the Foundation site.

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