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

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 had a successful career in exploration and mining in Nevada and held positions with Santa Fe Pacific Gold, Barrick, Newmont, Hecla and Klondex. In Brian’s memory, a scholarship fund was created, thanks to generous initial donation from family and friends. The scholarship is intended to support university students pursuing a degree in earth sciences and with a demonstrated commitment to mineral deposit exploration or research.


GSN-Great Basin Scholarship

The GSN-Great Basin Scholarship was established in 2019 following a generous donation from an anonymous donor. The scholarship fund is directed towards the support of graduate level research on fundamental geologic problems in Nevada and the Great Basin.



Student Dinner Donations

Student Dinners (not tax-deductible):

These funds are used to buy dinners for students who attend GSN monthly meetings.