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The Dr. Henry Gholz SEEDS Field Trip Endowment

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Established December  2017

Proceeds from the Henry L. Gholz Endowment will provide support annually for SEEDS national Field Trips for 20 students from diverse backgrounds and interests to explore the science of ecology. Students will visit a Long-term Ecological Research Site (LTER), Biological Field Station or similar active field site honoring Henry’s long-standing role in the National Science Foundation LTER program, and in exposing young scientists to field research. 

The trips will offer students the opportunity to interact with scientists and professional ecologists in a field and laboratory setting. The funds will support the field trips as a whole, with students being selected through the usual application and review process. Most participants will be undergraduates, but graduate mentors may also be included.

The fund is to be established as an endowment in perpetuity and the principal invested by ESA accordingly. Only income earned from the principal will be used and additional contributions may be added to grow the endowment.

All promotional information online and in print about the SEEDS national field trips will be named: The Henry L. Gholz SEEDS Field Trip.


Our fundraising goal is to raise $400,000 by 2024. As of March 2022, we have received more than $230,577  in donations. Every donation counts. The $100,000 pledge from Dr. Phil Taylor, will ensure that we meet our goal. As of July 2022, we have exceeded 40% of the challenge match. 

The Henry L. Gholz SEEDS Field Trip endowment is advised by:

Jan Engert,
Jill Baron,
Sophia Gholz,
Sean Gholz,
Steve Hart,

Henry Lewis Gholz, 1951–2017

December 8, 2017 EcoTone Blog: Announcing the Henry L. Gholz SEEDS Field Trips: An enduring endowment for diversity and discovery

“The SEEDS program was one our father was strongly dedicated to and through this, we hope his love of science and his legacy will live on.”
                                                                                                           ~The Gholz Family

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