Norman H. Foster Scholarship Fund Off to a Great Start!

Title: Norman H. Foster Scholarship Fund Off to a Great Start!

Publication: The Outcrop, July 2001, p. 20-21

A memorial for RMAG member Norman H. Foster became a reality last year when the RMAG Foundation agreed to administer a scholarship fund in his name.

Originally conceived and sponsored by the Geologic Study Group to which Norm belonged, the Foundation (a tax-exempt organization) will accept donations and will invest and administer all funds received. In addition, the Foundation agreed to grant $10,000 to the fund once contributions reached that amount, and Don Todd, a longtime friend and business associate of Norm’s, agreed to match all contributions made by December 15, 2000, up to a maximum of $50,000.

Thanks to a strong effort by the sponsoring committee, and generous contributions by Norm’s friends and family, contributions to the memorial Fund by year-end had reached over $100,000, and continue to be received (see list). These contributions are in addition to those made to the Foundation general fund.

The scholarship fund will be a fitting tribute to the memory of one of RMAG’s most distinguished members. The award’s citation reads:

The Norman H. Foster Scholarship shall be awarded annually by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists Foundation to encourage and support creative research in applied petroleum geology by a current graduate student. The recipient shall have demonstrated the ability and intent to utilize various exploration techniques to locate structural or stratigraphic habitats for oil or gas. The application of innovative techniques or methods for petroleum exploration and/or field development, including field geologic investigation as an adjunct to subsurface interpretation, will be given special consideration.

A committee of RMAG members (Bob Sellars, chair) has been established to assist the Foundation in soliciting applicants for the awards. It is anticipated that two awards in the amount of $2,500 each will be made this year.