Contact Caitlin Callahan (703) 379-2480
November 8, 2000


ALEXANDRIA, VA ó For the 2000-2001 academic year, the American Geological Institute (AGI) has awarded $30,000 in academic scholarships to 11 undergraduate students and $235,000 in academic scholarships to 17 graduate students who are pursuing geoscience degrees. The scholarships to these 28 students are granted through AGIís Minority Participation Program (MPP).

The undergraduate scholarships are made possible through the financial support of the National Science Foundation (Grant No. EAR-9812728). This yearís undergraduate awardees are Wesley Acosta, Alicia Arroyo, Nalette Hall, Alison Hendricks, Jason Holloman, Jessica Lopez, Jerome Palmer, Rene Perez, Kimberly Robinson, Rhonda Yates, and Richard Younger.

The scholarships for advanced-degree students are made possible through the financial support of Mobil Technology, the Seismological Society of America, Vastar Resources Inc., Enron Oil and Gas Company, Exxon Exploration, Mitchell Energy, Chevron, and USX Foundation. Graduate student awardees are Monica Aponte, Soyini Baten, Ryan Birkenfeld, Lorna Jaramillo Nieves, Keena Kareem, Alberto Lopez-Venegas, Andres Marin, Audeliz Matias, Dominike Merle, Amanda Mosola, Shandin Pete, Carl Pierce, Jr., Aisha Ragas, Carlos Ramos, Gwendolyn Rhodes, Lizzette Rodriguez-Iglesias, and Jeri Young.

Since its inception in 1971, the AGI Minority Participation Program has provided financial assistance and mentoring to qualified members of under-represented groups. The purpose of the mentoring program is to increase the success rate of scholars in graduate and undergraduate programs at accredited colleges and universities. In addition, mentors guide and introduce scholars to opportunities in the geosciences through internships, participation in symposia and professional society meetings, and direct hire. These efforts help the students find employment in the geosciences by affording them competitive job opportunities in various job markets. The success of the AGI Minority Participation Program is amply demonstrated by the hundreds of previous scholars who are or have been employed by the geoscience community, who have contributed to the enhancement of their discipline, and who, in turn, serve as models for current and future scholars.

For more information about MPP, contact Caitlin Callahan, MPP Coordinator at AGI, or visit the scholarship web site at

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