Eligibility Criteria: All applicants must meet the following requirements in order to qualify: A. Must be a citizen of the United States of America. B. Must be a legal resident of a state where the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. has affiliate clubs (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and VA). C. Must be pursuing a degree in Earth sciences and have achieved a college ranking of Junior, Senior, or Graduate student. D. Must submit a letter of recommendation from the department chair/head of the college or university where now enrolled and attending. E. Must submit a letter of recommendation from the President or other member of a SFMS member club. F. Must submit a current official transcript of college grades. G. Must submit a letter from the applicant outlining why and/or how a MEFI scholarship will aid her/him in accomplishing her/his goal of obtaining a degree in Earth sciences, i.e. Geology, Paleontology, Mineralogy, Crystallography, Archaeology, or any subdivision thereof. H. Must complete the MEFI application.