Neal J. Harr Memorial Awards (“The Pick Awards”)

Each year, the RMAG Foundation congratulates the outstanding senior in earth sciences at the major Colorado colleges and universities: University of Colorado, Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado,  Adams State College, Colorado Mesa State University, Fort Lewis College, and Western State College. The award is a rock hammer engraved with the award title, student’s name, university, and year. The candidates are selected by each department head and recommended to the RMAG Foundation for the award.

Excellence in Teaching of Earth Science (Teacher of the Year)

The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) Foundation announces an award to honor an elementary or secondary school teacher who has excelled in teaching earth science to K-12 students.

The winning applicant receives a $1,000 cash award and a commemorative plaque from the RMAG Foundation. For the first time this year, the RMAG Foundation will also award the winner’s school with $1,000 designated for support of its earth science program. The awardee becomes RMAG’s candidate for the American Association of Petroleum Geology (AAPG) National Earth Science Teacher of the Year Award, which honors the best elementary or secondary earth science teacher from among all the United States regions of AAPG. The winner of this national award will receive a $5000 cash gift from AAPG and an all-expense paid trip to AAPG’s national convention.

An applicant must have a proven record of excellent teaching of earth sciences at an accredited K-12 school in the Rocky Mountain States. Application requirements include:

  1. Completion and submittal of an application form, including dated signatures from the applicant and school principal or administrator
  2. A letter of recommendation from the school principal or administrator
  3. A second letter of recommendation from a colleague
  4. A third letter from the parent of a student
  5. A short summary of the course, or courses, curriculum including:
    1. Teaching philosophy in earth sciences
    2. Goals of the specific program(s)
    3. Specific procedures and activities applied
    4. A personal evaluation of the course (courses) effectiveness


Explorer of the Year Award

In participation with the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, the Foundation provides an Explorer of the Year award, recognizing the earth scientist who had made a significant energy or mineral discovery or who has accomplished outstanding earth science exploration. A candidate for the award must be a member of the RMAG.

The application form and the course curriculum summary are available online and must be uploaded to the Foundation website by Friday, May 11, 2018. If confidentiality is required, letters of recommendation can be emailed by the aforementioned date to

For additional information about the Foundation, visit the RMAG Foundation website at For questions, please contact Jerry Cuzella at 303-990-1878.

Application Information

Scholarship applications are now closed. Thank you to all who applied.

Teacher of the Year Award Applications now open. Apply here.

Teacher of the Year applications close Friday, May 11, 2018.