A global exploration expert, David Lawrence formerly served as an executive vice president at Shell Upstream Americas in Houston, Texas and as Executive Vice President Global Exploration for Royal Dutch Shell in The Hague, Netherlands. During his tenure at Shell, David Lawrence, a former geologist and geology instructor, advocated for many educational initiatives, including the AAPG Foundation’s creation of the Military Veterans Scholarship Program (MVSP).
The AAPG Foundation established the MVSP to support active U.S. military service members and honorably discharged veterans in their pursuit of an undergraduate degree and career in geoscience. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $4,000 and can be applied toward tuition and educational expenses. In addition, scholarship recipients can use funds to pay for living expenditures, such as rent, insurance, utilities, and food. Both part-time and full-time students are eligible. Those selecting a geoscience field concentrated on energy may be given preference.
Candidates may submit an application for 2016 consideration through April 15. Documentation of military service and an official or unofficial transcript that indicates an applicant achieved a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale must accompany the application. Further, candidates must submit paperwork showing enrollment or acceptance into a post-secondary geoscience undergraduate program. Other application necessities include a personal written statement describing financial need and career goals as well as up to four letters of recommendations from a military supervisor or academic professional.