Foundation Awards Eleven Scholarships

Title: Foundation Awards Eleven Scholarships

Author: Laura L. Wray

Publication: The Outcrop, July 2008, P. 22-23

The RMAG Foundation awarded scholarships to eleven geology students this year. Many of the recipients were guests of the Foundation at a luncheon at the downtown Denver Marriott Hotel on Friday, May 16, 2008. The Foundation Trustees gratefully acknowledge the primary donors for these scholarships, as well as the many RMAG members who have contributed to these funds. Due to income growth from the Foundation funds last year, the Trustees elected to add $500 to the scholarships awarded at the luncheon.

Three new scholarships were established in the past year. The Stone-Hollberg Scholarship, established by Don Stone and John Hollberg for a graduate student doing structural work in the Rocky Mountain region, was awarded to Zachary Wessel, a PhD candidate at Colorado State University (CSU).

P. Zion Klos, a rising senior at Colorado College (CC), won the Philip J. McKenna Scholarship, which was established by Phillip’s family to honor his memory and his dedication to the profession of geology.

The Gary Babcock Scholarship, which received lead gifts from Stephen Strachan, Patricia Kacerguis, and Jim Schroeder in Gary’s memory, was awarded to Kristopher Schwendeman, an MS candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A discretionary RMAG Foundation Trustees award was granted to Lisa Fisher, a PhD candidate at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM).

The Foundation recognized seven additional graduate students with scholarships that have been granted in previous years.

Treasure Bailey, a PhD candidate at CU, won the Dudley and Marion Bolyard Scholarship, established by the Bolyards for graduate students at CU. Both Marion and Dudley were in attendance.

Maria Portela, an MS student at CSM, and Ryan Thompson, an MS candidate at CSU, won the Norman Foster Memorial Scholarship established in Norm’s name by his family, colleagues, and friends. Norm’s wife, Janet, and his daughter, Kimberly Foster Garneau, attended the lunch as they have done in years past to honor Norm’s memory and to congratulate the scholarship recipients.

The Veterans Memorial Scholarship was inspired by lead gifts from Eileen Griffith and Jean Ogle, in memory of their late husbands, Earl Griffith and Bud Ogle. This year the scholarship was granted to two candidates: Michael Leibovitz, a Master’s student at CU, and Nickolas Patch, an MS student at Kansas State University. This scholarship is available to geology graduate students across the country, with a preference for veterans. Eileen was in attendance to meet the recipients who were granted the award in honor of Earl, Bud and all of RMAG’s veterans.

Wesley Clary, an MS candidate at CSU, won the RMAG award designated for a graduate student from CSU.

Amy Moss, a Master’s student at CSM, won the RMAG award for a graduate student at Mines.

Tax-deductible gifts to support any or all of these scholarships may be sent to the RMAG office, 820 16th Street, Suite 505, Denver, CO 80202 or via the website,