Donate to the Sternberg Science Camps

Donations help us provide scholarships that ensure any student can pursue their passion for science in the great outdoors!

Over the past three years, we have seen first-hand the life-changing impacts our camp programs can have on students. Some of our proudest success stories are students who, with the help of our scholarship program, have attended multiple years and are now off to college with advanced skills, knowledge, and inspiration to pursue their interests in science. We believe that the curiosity and sense of wonder derived from time learning and observing in the field are immensely valuable. Our feedback from students and parents overwhelmingly supports this outlook.

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For a limited time, our Tree of Life shirt is available to donors of $51 or more. All donations are tax deductible.

To donate, click the image below, or mail a check to the Sternberg Museum at 3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays, KS 67601. Please note your shirt size, and a valid shipping address!

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To donate, click the image above! Select “Designation: Other”, and specify Sternberg Science Camps Scholarship Fund. Thank you very much for your support!

Since 2014, the Sternberg Science Camps program has provided over $20,000 in financial aid to students from low-income families. Every dollar of our financial aid fund is provided by generous donors who share our belief that opportunities to explore science and nature should be available to as many students as possible. We use a combination of need and merit metrics to determine how much aid is provided to each student. Need is determined by the student’s qualification for reduced price or free lunches at school. We determine merit by evaluating letters of interest written by the student applicants (all camps), and respective letters of recommendation by science or math teachers (middle and high school only).

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Every dollar raised for financial aid is used to help students fascinated with earth and life science access life changing opportunities to learn new skills, build knowledge, and make friends with similar interests. We pride these camps on feeding participant’s academic interests in challenging, supportive environments. Along with science content, we emphasize outdoor skills, problem solving, and respect for the planet. It is our belief that our next generation of earth and life scientists should have ample opportunity to explore our world, get their hands dirty, and find their own questions out in nature.

Sternberg Paleontology Camp TA Jessica Barnett, seen here working with students on a sedimentology and stratigraphy lesson.

Scholarship Sponsorship Opportunities

We are seeking groups, individuals, and corporate entities interested in sponsoring specific camp program scholarships. Each scholarship sponsorship opportunity is listed below with the amount needed to provide a respective full ride scholarship. Naming opportunities are available for specific sponsored scholarships upon request. Scholarship recipients are required to write thank you letters following their camp program, which are provided to sponsoring persons and organizations.

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Donate to the Financial Aid Endowment

In 2017, the Sternberg Science Camps received a major donation to start an endowed scholarship fund. We are actively seeking donors to help us grow this fund, allowing the Sternberg Science Camps to remain operational and accessible to students from any financial background well into the future. This is an immensely exciting development for the camps program. Please contact us directly if you wish to pursue this option. We will get you in touch with the FHSU Foundation, who manage the Camps Scholarships endowment fund.

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