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Dan and Hope Rigel Educational Grant

2021 Corporate Sponsor Applegate Lapidary

This Grant was created in the name of of Dan Rigel, who ran Caveman Lapidary along with his wife, Hope. When Hope passed away in 2020, the name of the Grant was changed to include her name. The grant money is to be used to sponsor collecting trips for students or to buy rock/mineral/fossil specimens for educational purposes. The $1000 Grant may be split into two, three or four grants per year at the discretion of the AAPS Board. Applicants need to write a letter stating how they propose to use the grant. The awardee(s) will be selected based upon need and the proposed use of funds. Following the award of this grant, awardees will be asked to provide photos of the students on trips or the student's use of the fossils in the classroom. AAPS would also like to recieve letters from students and educator(s) expressing their appreciation. AAPS also requests permission to use some of the letters and photographs on our web site to help promote the grant. If any money is left over, AAPS requests that it be returned so that it can continue to be used in the manner it was intended for.

Applications need to be recievd by December 1st to be considered for the following year.

Applications should include,
1. Letter of interest on school letterhead explaing what the funds are to be used for
2. A current Curriculum Vitae or Resume of the applicant
3. Photograph of the applicant.

Because of the great educational opportunities, AAPS would like to see donations to this fund increase throughout the year. AAPS will strive to distribute whatever money is donated to this grant on an annual basis. Money specifically donated to this Grant cannot go into the general fund. AAPS thanks all of the donors to this grant and we look forward to helping educate our young people in the wonder and beauty of rocks and fossils.

You may send your application to:

Neal Larson, Scholarship and Grant Chairperson
C/O Larson Paleontology
P.O. Box 1313
Hill City, SD 57745

Funding for this Grant will come from AAPS, private donations, as well as annual Individual ($100.00), Company ($500.00) and Corporate ($1,000.00) sponsors

The Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences, AAPS, is a public charity under IRS section 501(c)(3). As such it is tax exempt for income tax purposes and is permitted to receive tax deductible gifts pursuant to the Internal Revenue Service. It is also able to receive tax deductible bequests for Estate Tax purposes. Donations to any of our scholarships and Grants are totally tax deductible here in the United States. 100% of all Scholarship and Grant donations are used for those purposes only. Specimens donated for our annual auction may also be deductible, but you need to check with your tax and estate planner.


Jim Cosby2015Summit Ridge Middle School. Littleton, CO
Erin LaCount2017Friends of Dinosaur Ridge. Morrison, CO
Loretta Zarow2018Fontana School District. Fontana, CA
Jacquelynn Auchard2021Ruch Outdoor Community School, Jacksonville, OR
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Last Updated: September 22, 2021
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