H. Ray Taber AEG Founders Scholarship Announcement! Due: 4/12/18 5PM

The Sacramento Chapter of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) is offering two H. Ray Taber AEG Founders Scholarship awards this year, one $1,000 undergraduate award and one $1,500 graduate award, to promote the study of geology, environmental geology, engineering geology, or related earth science disciplines. The scholarships are intended to be used for university tuition/fees, fall/summer field course fees, and/or research project costs (e.g., field supplies, radiocarbon dating, etc.).

Application Forms:

AEG Sacramento Chapter Scholarship Application Instructions (2018)

H Ray Taber AEG Founders Scholarship Application (2018)


All applicants must be currently enrolled in one of the following accredited four-year universities located within the Sacramento region:

CSU Chico UC Davis
CSU Fresno UC Merced
CSU Sacramento University of the Pacific
CSU Stanislaus  

o  Undergraduate scholarship applicants must be in their junior or senior year and have   a declared major in geology or a related earth science discipline.

o Graduate scholarship applicants must be a first or second year graduate student pursuing a Masters degree with an environmental or engineering geology emphasis, such as hydrogeology, earthquake and geologic hazards, etc.

Scholarship applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and will be scored based on their grade point average within their study major.

Membership in AEG is strongly encouraged, and Student Membership is free. Benefits include:

  • Eligibility for other AEG scholarships available through the AEG Foundation;
  • Free online access to Environmental & Engineering Geoscience and AEG News;
  • Discounted registration fees for attending AEG’s Annual Meeting; and
  • Networking opportunities to potentially meet YOUR future employer!

To become a member of AEG, visit aegweb.org and select the Join AEG link.


The applications will be evaluated by a committee of Sacramento Chapter members comprised of professionals from both the private and public sector. Committee members include:

Meredith Beswick, Kleinfelder

Pete Holland, California Geological Survey

Matt Buche, SAGE Engineers

Tim McCrink, California Geological Survey

Ante Mlinarevic, California Department of Water Resources

Eric Nichols, Crawford & Associates, Inc.

Coralie Wilhite, United States Army Corps of Engineers

Applicants will be evaluated and rated based on:

Evaluation Criteria Score Weight
Academic performance* 20%
Extracurricular activities** 20%
Essay 35%
Letter(s) of recommendation 25%

* While eligibility is based on cumulative GPA, applications will be evaluated based on declared major GPA

** Includes Student Membership in AEG

How to Apply

Submit a completed scholarship application form to the Scholarship Committee Chairperson with the following additional materials:

  • Official transcripts (original or photocopy) or unofficial transcripts printed from your university website. Applicants for the graduate scholarship must include both undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  • An essay describing yourself and your educational/professional goals in the Graduate scholarship applicants should discuss their goals specific to environmental or engineering geology. The essay is often the deciding factor in the scholarship selection. Essays are scored based on how well the applicant addresses the requested topic, organizes the essay content, and uses proper sentence structure/grammar. Be concise, provide specific examples, and proofread! The essay should be no more than two pages long (12 point Times New Roman font, 1.5 line spacing, and one-inch margins).
  • At least one letter of The letter(s) can be from a geology professor or a supervisor if you currently work or have worked for a private consulting firm or public agency. The letter(s) should be emailed or mailed directly from your reference to the Scholarship Committee Chairperson at mbuche@sageengineers.com. All letters will remain confidential.


Matt Buche, AEG Sacramento Chapter Scholarship Chairperson SAGE Engineers, Inc.

2251 Douglas Blvd. Suite 200

Roseville, California 95661

A digital signature on the interactive PDF application form is acceptable.

The scholarship application deadline is 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

All materials must be received by this deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Submittal via email is preferred. Please do not send email attachments with file sizes exceeding 10MB. If necessary, send multiple email messages with smaller attachments. Regular mail is acceptable, provided that the complete application package is received by the deadline.

Scholarship winners will be announced at the Student Night meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Attendance at the meeting is not mandatory. For students unable to attend the meeting, the scholarship recipients will be announced in an email to all applicants after the meeting.

Additional Information

Should the Scholarship Committee fail to identify a suitable applicant(s), the Committee reserves the right to not award one or both of the scholarships. All decisions by the Scholarship Committee are final.

Please contact Matt Buche, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, at mbuche@sageengineers.com or (916) 677-4779 with any questions.

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