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Giving. Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Sustained support from generous donors and friends like you ensures that College of Science & Engineering students will continue to receive the quality education that best prepares them for a meaningful career.

Current and future students benefit from all gifts that we receive from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends. In addition to helping us control costs, gifts enhance our efforts to achieve our goals which include:
  • Increasing the number and value of student scholarships
  • Attracting the best and brightest students
  • Recruiting the retaining top-ranked faculty
  • Establishing distinguished professorships
  • Developing and strengthening academic programs
  • Purchasing advanced equipment
  • Improving academic and research facilities

Support the College

Generous support from alumni and friends helps provide educational opportunities for the next class of students.

Whether it's through gifts for specific giving societies, or donations that fund scholarships, equipment or other areas, there are many areas and ways in which you can support College of Science and Engineering students, faculty, and programs.

Ways to Give

The Wayne and Ethel Moore Scholarship was established in 2006 to honor the memory of Wayne and Effie Moore who were prominent members of the CMU geologic community for many years. Wayne Moore served as chair and professor of geology at CMU from 1970-1987. Wayne and Effie also volunteered their time and wisdom at Big Bend National Park in west Texas. Today, this award is presented to an incoming freshmen with strong academic promise planning to major in geology. The Moore Award is renewable for a second year if the student maintains good academic standing and remains committed to a geology major with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students who enhance diversity are especially encouraged to apply.

The Hubert Dixon Crider Scholarship was established in 1980 by a gift from the Muskegon Development Company. It honors the career of Hubert Crider whose many contributions in the oil industry included the first major oil discovery in the Michigan Basin. Today, this award recognizes CMU juniors and seniors with a major or minor in geology for their outstanding scholastic achievement, communication skills, and potential for a successful career in geology. Recipients are selected based the quality of their academic achievements, application essay, and interview with the EAS Scholarship Committee. Crider Awards are distributed over the fall and spring semesters of each academic year.

The Thomas Knapp Alumni Field Camp Scholarship fund was established in 1986 by the CMU Department of Geology to support students with the appropriate background for admission to a summer Geology field camp. Knapp was an assistant professor of Geology at CMU from 1968-1976 and was responsible for the layout of the rock wall southwest of Brooks Hall. Knapp scholarships of up to $1,000 assist geology students to complete their capstone field camp course in preparation for graduation and professional careers.

The Martin Steinbis Endowed Scholarship in Science and Technology was established in 2012 by a generous gift from Martin Steinbis, a 1975 CMU geology graduate. It provides financial support to CMU juniors and seniors majoring in geology. Steinbis Scholarships of up to $2,500 per semester are awarded based on: 1) leadership and teamwork skills, 2) scholastic performance, 3) potential for career success, 4) department participation, and 5) demonstrated hard work and ambition. Preference is given to students demonstrating financial need and preparing for a career in the energy sector. Awards are available for Spring and Fall semesters, with separate applications for each.

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