Support Geological Sciences at CWU

Your support can help our students conduct research, get into the field, and succeed as the next generation of geoscientists. Please consider donating to one of the following funds.


Adopt a rock in the Discovery Hall rock garden to reduce student fees for field courses. Our goal is to cut field course fees in half for all students, and you can help us do that.

Geological Sciences department fund

Donations to the general department fund are the most flexible, and allow us to put your money towards the greatest needs. These funds support our speaker series, new teaching equipment, faculty professional development, and other needs as they arise.

Jim and Jean Hinthorne Geoscience Undergraduate Fund

The Hinthorne fund was established in 2019 with a founding donation from CWU Emeritus Professor Jim Hinthorne. Funds from this award support student participation in field-based courses that carry fees in addition to tuition.

Dr. Louis Don and Ann Ringe Endowed Grant

The Ringe fund was established by the family of Dr. Louis Don and Ann Ringe for the benefit of current and future Geology students at Central Washington University. Funds from this award provide support for undergraduate student research.

Robert D. Bentley Scholarship Fund

The Bentley Fund was established in 2006 with a lead gift from Michael and Jeannette Walen of Houston, Texas. Scholarship funds go towards tuition and fees for undergraduates with an interest in structural geology, field geology, and/or natural resource geology.

Ways to give to Geological Sciences


By check:

Send a check made out to CWU Foundation with a note including the fund you wish to support to:

CWU Foundation
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7508