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selfie of Tamara Adams in the fieldThank you to everyone who helped us make this Giving Tuesday a success! We are well on our way to reaching our year-end goal of $50,000 to help 20 students attend the field camp of their choice.

Thanks go to many of you who gave on Giving Tuesday and the days leading up to it. If you haven’t given yet, there is still time before year-end.

Tamara Adams, one of this year’s Field Camp scholarship recipients, attended a field camp hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington, which focused on fieldwork in Texas and New Mexico. She said this, “Overall, it was an amazing experience and I would not have been able to attend without the funds from GSA to help cover the cost of tuition. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!”

We echo Tamara’s heartfelt thanks and add to them. From all of us here in the Foundation, we are deeply grateful for your generosity.

Student and large rock in the field. During the next 24 hours, people around the world will come together to celebrate generosity and make an impact. Our goal this year-end is to raise $50,000 to help 20 students attend the field camp of their choice. We have one more student story to share with you to kick things off.

Kuzipa Kapayi is preparing for the next step in her geoscience career: graduate school. But first she embarked on the trip of a lifetime to field camp.

She says, “During the summer of 2018, I participated in a life-changing field program that focused on sustainability of natural resources and hydrology for the exploration of water quality in southern Africa. The program incorporated a physically and mentally challenging curriculum, which required accumulation of all the knowledge acquired throughout my academic career.” Read more of her story on our Giving Tuesday page.

Click the DONATE button at the top right and make a gift now to our Field Camp Opportunities Fund. You will be helping more students experience field camp as they prepare for the next step in their geoscience careers.

Delcio Teixeira with measuring stickGiving Tuesday is a global day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Some have already started giving and we are excited about the momentum heading into year-end. Before tomorrow’s kickoff, we have another student story to share with you.

Delcio Teixeira attended field camp in the Wet Mountains overlooking the Cañon City embayment in Colorado.

By the end of camp, he learned that fieldwork provides valuable opportunities not encountered in the classroom. He says, “Field camp improved my ability to perform collaborative work as well as understand that it is very important to work together towards a common goal. I also gained knowledge on local geology and acquired problem-solving skills crucial to execute field tasks, interpret geologic processes, environments of deposition, and establish hypotheses.” Read more about his experience on our Giving Tuesday page.

Click the DONATE button at the top right and make a gift now to our Field Camp Opportunities Fund to help students like Delcio expand their geoscience experience beyond the classroom.

In this season of thanks, we are especially grateful for the continuing support of our donors for GSA programs. Whether you give to field camp opportunities, On To the Future, research grants, or the many other activities you can support, we are extremely thankful for you. Your generosity has impacted the geosciences in incredible ways.

From all of us here in the Foundation, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Dalila De Jesus in the fieldDalila received GSAF’s Field Camp Opportunities scholarship this year and attended a field camp in Canon City, Colorado.

At first she didn’t think field camp would be very beneficial for her, so she focused on getting a good grade in the course rather than actively engaging in it. But that quickly changed on the first day of camp when the team visited several stops and, as Dalila explains, “at least one specific point would intrigue me and make me curious about an aspect of the site’s depositional history.” Read more about her experience on our Giving Tuesday page.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 to help 20 more students have experiences like these. Make a gift on Giving Tuesday to support students like Dalila or click the DONATE button at the top right and make a gift now to our Field Camp Opportunities Fund. We can’t do it without you.

Shirley Mensah in the fieldShirley, a student from Ghana, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in geology with a minor in geographic information sciences at Eastern Illinois University. Shirley received a scholarship from GSAF’s Field Camp Opportunities Fund this past year to help her attend the field camp of her choice.

Shirley attended Western Illinois University’s field camp. Most of her time was spent in South Dakota mapping the Black Hills and other sites. At the beginning of the camp, completing mapping projects was a challenge for Shirley, but by the end, all of that had changed. Read more about her experience on our Giving Tuesday page.

Our goal this year is to raise $50,000 to help 20 students experience field camp and increase their skills, like Shirley did, which will help them in their future as geoscientists.

Mark your calendars and make your gift on Giving Tuesday, or click the DONATE button at the top right and make a gift now to our Field Camp Opportunities Fund.

We reached our matching goal!

$20,000 has been matched 1:1 for a total of $40,000 raised to help the next generation of On To the Future (OTF) students attend their first GSA Annual Meeting.

Thank you to everyone who gave. We are so grateful for your generosity in helping promote a more inclusive and welcoming geoscience community.

2016 On To the Future Group Photo

The Annual Meeting is less than two weeks away, and the GSA Foundation will be there with information on the many important programs and initiatives we support—and, of course, with fun activities and giveaways along the way!

Stop by our booth to test your expertise in identifying our Board of Trustees’ favorite rocks and minerals. If you can dig deep and “rock” our quiz, you could win a daily prize. Members of our newly named Tektonikos student giving circle should also come by to receive a special thank-you gift. Did you know that we have more than 1100 students who give back to GSA? Here’s a group that doesn’t take the support they’ve received for “granite.” Additionally, we will be handing out ribbons to recognize members of our Penrose, Pardee, and Tektonikos giving groups. Finally, we will have several limited-edition items to give away, including a special bandana exclusive to the 2018 Annual Meeting—and it is pretty “gneiss,” if we say so ourselves.

Come by the GSA Foundation booth anytime during the Annual Meeting to participate and to learn more about ways you can make an impact on GSA programs.

David Williams speaking at Foundation Booth in 2017 person presenting at Foundation booth in 2017

OTF students on stairs at convention centerThe matching gift opportunity for our On To the Future (OTF) initiative is almost complete. Thanks to many of you, we are 80% of the way to our goal!

More than $16,000 has been matched 1:1 for a total of $32,000 raised to support the next generation of OTF students.

Less than $4000 more is needed to reach the matching goal. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to double your impact on the future of the geosciences. Make your gift to OTF today.

Last month we announced a matching gift opportunity for On To the Future (OTF), and thanks to many of you we’re 40% of the way to our goal!

It’s the stories of OTF students and alumni that motivated a long-time GSAF donor to issue this matching challenge. Every gift made to OTF this fall will be matched 1:1 up to a $20,000 total. So far, you have risen to the challenge and given more than $8000 in response. That means only $12,000 more is needed. Don’t wait to double your impact on the future of the geosciences. Make your gift to OTF today by clicking the DONATE button.

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