Geology Donation Opportunities

The Geology Department has three major funds that alumni and friends can give to. These funds have different purposes and we wanted to explain them so that you can give to the fund of your choice. Your giving is very important to the program. If you are interested in giving to the department contact us or the Western State Colorado University Foundation or when the foundation asks for donations during one of their annual campaigns indicate one of the geology funds on the donation card.

Geology Department Fund

This fund supports the general activities of the Department. The fund has been used in the past to purchase equipment (computers, microscopes, balances, etc...), specimens (minerals, rocks, fossils, thin sections, etc...), to repair equipment, and to subsidized field trips or other student experiences.

This fund is our most general and provides the greatest flexibility to the department.

Valerie Mitchell Scholarship in Geology

This fund was set up by the parents and friends of Valerie Mitchell to remember her death just before graduation in 1976. The balance in the fund is currently ~$5,000.

The interest from this fund provides a scholarship that is given each year to the outstanding junior in the department.

Richard and Belva Moyle Scholarship in Geology

This fund was set up by Richard and Belva Moyle who taught at Western in the late '60s. The balance in the fund is currently ~$10,000.

The interest from this fund provides a scholarship that is given each year to help with the costs of summer field camp for a worthy student.

Bartleson/Prather Program for Excellence in Geology

This fund in Geology was started in 1998 by Geology Alumni in recognition of the impact that Professors Bartleson and Prather have had on their lives. The program is funded through donations from the alumni.

To date 35 alumni have donated about $75,000 to the fund. Alumni from the late '60's to the late '90's have donated to the fund. This fund is cash funded and further scholarships depend on continued giving by our friends and alumni.

The fund is used to provide research scholarships to junior and senior students at Western. The scholarships provide these students with the opportunity to engage in a supervised summer research project that they have designed.

The funds provide them with a $3000 summer stipend and with the analytical and field expenses needed to complete their project.

The program has provided tremendous benefits to the students involved. Of the fourteen participants who have graduated, eight are now in graduate school or have completed a masters degree, one is working as GIS coordinator for the Forest Service in Utah, three are working in the petroleum industry in the Rocky Mountain West, and one is working for a hydrogeology company.

Students have presented results at the recent Denver and Rocky Mountain Section GSA conventions.

Beyond the benefit to the individual students involved, the Bartleson-Prather Program is also significant in recruiting good students to Western State Geology and has raised the interest and involvement of student throughout the program.