“You can never pay back; but you can always pay forward.” – Woody Hayes

The School of Earth Sciences (formerly the Department of Geology) relies on the generous support of our alumni and friends to provide programs, scholarships and facilities that enrich the experience of our students, provide life-changing opportunities, and enable world-changing discoveries. You can read about the impact of these gifts in our monthly Alumni New Notes.  Please consider “Paying it Forward”.

Links to the various SES funds are provided below. Please do not hesitate to contact the School Director (Steven Lower: with questions .

Funds Specific to Field Camp

School of Earth Sciences Field Experience Travel Fund (641882) – Established September 18, 2009 with a gift from Mike and Cynthia Morgan; used to support Field Camp for students in the School of Earth Sciences. Special contribution on December 2017 from Jim and Pam Griffith, 30 year residents of Canton, Ohio and big Ohio State fans.

Edmund M. Spieker Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund (606869) – Established in 1979 by gifts in honor of Edmund M. Spieker, former Chairperson and Professor of the Department of Geology; income is used to provide one or more scholarships in field geology.

John Lieftinck Field Camp Fund (315822) – Established in 2018, provides scholarships to undergraduate students who are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Geology and will attend the Field Camp program in Utah.

The Joseph and Marcia Newhart Scholarship Fund (645151) -- Established June 9, 2017, with a gift from Joseph (BS 1969) and Marcia (BS 1968) Newhart; used to provide scholarship support to one or more students in the School of Earth Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.

John Lieftinck Field Camp Fund (315822) -- Established in 2018, provides scholarships to undergraduate students who are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Geology and will attend the Field Camp program in Utah.

Zinni Family Field Camp Scholarship Fund in Memory of Dr. Henry Wendon. (316509) -- Provides one or more scholarships to students studying earth sciences to support the cost of attending the summer geology Field Camp. Preference shall be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in the major.

General Funds to the School of Earth Sciences

Geology Department Support Fund (302040) – Provides the Director with discretion to fund small but urgent academic and research priorities as well as the ability to host important community building events within Earth Sciences.

Friends of Orton Hall (642307) – The Friends of Orton Hall gifts are distributed to students in support of degree research work. The Chairperson, on the recommendation of a faculty committee, authorizes distributions from this holding account to graduate and undergraduate students for assistance in thesis and dissertation expenses, travel expenses to meetings, etc.

The Goldthwait Geology Fund (602635) – Established March 7, 1986, by Katherine D. and Richard P. Goldthwait, professor emeritus, geological sciences. Income provides scholarships to geological sciences majors or for other purposes deemed appropriate by the Department chair.

Kenneth ‘K.O.’ Stanley Field Travel Endowment Fund in Geology (666868) – Established November 7, 2008 with gifts from Judith Stanley and matching gifts from the Exxon Mobil Foundation in memory of Judith’s husband Kenneth O. Stanley; used for expenses for a non-traditional trip that represents an exceptional field learning opportunity for students and faculty.

Orton Museum Support Fund (308759) – This fund is used to support the Orton Geological Museum. Gifts are used to purchase specimens, displays, and equipment for the museum.

Kresge Endowment Fund for Computer Visualization Laboratory in Geological Sciences (603820) – Established in 1995 with a grant from the Kresge Foundation and gifts from the Shell Oil Company and alumni. Income is used solely for the purchase of new and replacement equipment for the Kresge-Shell Computer Laboratory in the School of Earth Sciences.

The Willis E. ‘Bill’ Rector Endowed Scholarship Fund In Geological Sciences (605975) – Established February 1, 2002, with gifts from Jane Rector (BS in Occupational Therapy 1957) of Azle, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Rector of Azle, Texas; Ms. Tracy T. Rector of Fort Worth, Texas; Ms. Linda Rector (MS 1986) of Houston, Texas; James Wilkes of Fort Worth, Texas; used to provide a scholarship for a student enrolled in the School of Earth Sciences who is studying Geological Sciences who exhibits academic achievement, character, and financial need.