Our Primary Operating Directives (in order of importance):
1) To encourage and financially support those students who attend elementary, middle, and high schools within Oklahoma, and are enrolled in curriculum in the science of Geology and related fields.
2) To encourage and financially support those teachers and their schools that maintain curriculum in the science of Geology and related fields, at the elementary, middle, and high school levels within Oklahoma,
3) To encourage and financially support those students who:
a) attend colleges and universities within Oklahoma, that major in the science of Geology and related fields, and ultimately obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees in those fields; and
b) plan to pursue a career in the profession of Geology and related fields.
Our Secondary Operating Directives (in order of importance):
1) To encourage and financially support those worthy, scientific endeavors that are conducted by other organizations that promote the science of Geology and related fields, within the state of Oklahoma.
2) To acknowledge and honor those professionals, working in businesses affiliated with the science of Geology and related fields, who have made or continue to make, significant contributions to their profession and/or their communities.
Our Vision Statement
In 1993, a handful of geologists had a vision, and since 1996, the Oklahoma Geological Foundation has been the primary funding source that directly benefits many earth sciences programs.
Since our beginning, the Foundation has annually funded scholarships and awards throughout Oklahoma to students in elementary and high schools, students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at college, and many programs that support teachers and educational institutions.
Our programs, such as the Frederick H. and Lois M. Kate Endowment, the Suzanne Takken Memorial Fund, and the Science Fair Awards have exemplified the goals and objectives of our Charter Members. The Foundation has continued to support teacher education projects, technical publications and the financial needs and special projects of the Oklahoma City Geological Society and its Library.
The Foundation broadened its vision with the addition of three programs in 2006, focusing on elementary and secondary schools. The Excellence in Earth Science Education Awards (EESE), the Kate Excellence in Earth Science Education Award and the Beth Cronin Elementary School Endowment were created to foster awareness and to encourage participation in earth science programs in elementary and secondary schools. The Foundation continued to add programs for college students, with the addition of the Herbert G. and Shirley A. Davis Oklahoma State University Scholarship in 2007. With continuing education and petroleum exploration as its focus, the Kenneth Stewart Cronin Lecture Series was initiated to benefit Society members, local professionals, and students alike.
With continued emphasis on elementary and secondary education and students, the Philip Boyle Foundation and Oklahoma Geological Foundation Elementary and Secondary School Endowment and the John Gatchell Earth Science Teaching Endowment were established in 2008. What better way to teach and get students excited about earth sciences and the science of geology than to introduce it to them early in the learning process.
The Directors are committed to the vision and growth of the Foundation. By expanding traditional programs and establishing new ones; we are always mindful of the mission of the Foundation and the importance we have to the students, teachers, and schools in our community.