GSN Foundation General Fund

The General Fund provides financial support each year for:

  1. Any earth science themed field trip at K-12 schools in Nevada
  2. Annual scholarships at UNR and UNLV for students majoring in Earth Science
  3. Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology’s quadrangle mapping project
  4. GSN Elko Chapter’s Research Scholarships
  5. An annual field mapping course run by CREG Director, John Muntean

View more information on the GSN Foundation.

UNR Geology – D.D. LaPointe Scholarship Fund

D.D. LaPointe and Tom Irwin established this endowed scholarship fund within the GSN Foundation in 2018.

The main purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and support UNR students who intend to pursue a geological career in minerals exploration or development, economic geology, or related fields.

UNR Field Camp Scholarships

These funds are granted to students who are registered for the Summer Field Camp operated by UNR. The Field Camp costs have risen in recent years and many students struggle to pay for this required course during the summer.

Student Dinners / GSN Field Trip registration (not tax-deductible):

These funds are used to buy dinners for students who attend GSN monthly meetings. The funds are also used to pay the registration fees for any student who wants to attend one of the 2 GSN field trips each year.

Brian Morris Scholarship

Brian was a beloved husband, devoted father and trustworthy soul to all who knew him. 

Brian was born in Santa Anna, CA on Valentine’s Day 1961.  He graduated from Villa Park High School, Orange County, CA in 1979, and Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA in 1991.  

He met his true love and bride of nearly 27 years, Jan Michele Hufford, at College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA.  The couple married in Eureka, CA and lived in Winnemucca for 20 years, before moving to Reno in 2015.

Brian lived a full life in the great outdoors and loved to jeep, hunt, fish, and ski.  

He had a very successful career as a geologist in mining exploration, overcoming dyslexia and becoming an inspiration and role model.  He recently joined Blackrock Gold Corp. as President, previously served as Senior Vice President of Exploration at Klondex Mines, Ltd. and held management positions with Newmont Mining Corp, Hecla Mining and Great Basin Gold, Ltd. 

He was a member of Reno Christian Fellowship, Geological Society of Nevada, Washoe County Republican Central Committee, and a Nevada Republican Party State Delegate.

Brian is survived by his wife, Jan Hufford Morris; daughter and son-in-law, Tara and Dave Matzen; parents, Wayne and Darlene Morris; sister and brother-in-law, Megan and Dermot O’Doherty, nieces Kate and Fiona; mother- and father-in-law, Wallace and Judie Hufford; brother-in-law Wade Hufford and fiancé Jan Gauthier, nephew Bryce, niece Celeste and her fiancé Matt Dean; sister-in-law Robin Hufford McKenny, brother-in-law Kevin McKenny, nephew Harrison and niece Claire.


In his honor, a scholarship was created for geological college students in Nevada.