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AAPL Educational Foundation

The AAPL Educational Foundation, Inc. is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 charted under the laws of Texas. The mission of the Foundation is to promote education for the members of AAPL and the general public. The Foundation is also authorized to undertake such activities as are reasonably anticipated to promote the welfare of the Foundation.

The Foundation provides financial support through grants to support education for AAPL members and the public. The Foundation also provides financial support through grants for AAPL members who have suffered financial loss due to natural disasters.

AAPL members and staff during the Disaster Relief workday in Rockport, TX after Hurricane Harvey. From left: Linda Schibi, Le'Ann Callihan, Mariah Martin, hurricane victim Arnesto Conzales, Matthew Crowell, Joanne Stoy and Nita Smith.
AAPL members and staff during the Disaster Relief workday in Rockport, TX after Hurricane Harvey. From left: Linda Schibi, Le'Ann Callihan, Mariah Martin, hurricane victim Arnesto Conzales, Matthew Crowell, Joanne Stoy and Nita Smith.

The Foundation’s Mission

  • Promote education, instruction and training for members to improve or develop their capabilities
  • Instruct the public on subjects useful to individuals and beneficial to the community
  • Further the advancement of education
  • Support other charitable purposes, such as natural disaster relief for members

Bylaws

Recent Grants

  • $640,000 - disaster relief to AAPL members
  • $25,000 - IPAA/ PESA Petroleum Academy
  • $5,000 - Annual Meeting - Contract Center training
  • $2,500 - 2018 Southwest Land Institute
  • $1,000 - HAPL Houston teacher awards
  • $500 - Richard Kent Thompson Scholarship Fund - mining education
  • $1,300 - New Mexico Land Association’s independent contractor training

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Donations to the Foundation in 2017-2018

  • AAPL - $585,749 (designated for disaster relief efforts)
  • Individuals and local associations - $85,759 (designated for disaster relief efforts)

Make a Donation to the Foundation

  • Specify the purpose on the check by entering “Disaster Relief” or “General Purposes”
  • Make your check payable to “AAPL Educational Foundation, Inc.”

Contact / Submit Grant Applications/ Donate

Disaster Grant Donation

Disaster relief grants to AAPL members vary greatly from year to year due to the unpredictable nature of natural disasters. The Foundation has made financial grants to AAPL members affected by flooding, wind damage due to hurricanes, fires and landslides. In 2017, the Foundation made disaster relief grants to AAPL members totaling in excess of $600,000.

To make a donation, please contact AAPL at (817) 847-7700

Educational Grant Donation

The Foundation grants up to $90,000 in support of education.

Grants awarded by the Foundation are intended to help fund projects and programs that (i) support the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), (ii) promote education, instruction, and training for the members of the AAPL to improve or develop their capabilities, (iii) instruct the public on subjects useful to individuals and beneficial to the community, and (iv) further the advancement of education.

To make a donation, please contact AAPL at (817) 847-7700.

Blankenship Family Horizon Award

The AAPL Educational Foundation established the Blankenship Family Horizon Award in 2019 to recognize a trailblazing female land professional who is a leader in our industry and has distinguished herself within the industry, in her career and has supported AAPL and its mission.

Former AAPL President Wayne Blankenship, CPL (1975), provided funds to AAPL for women's auxiliaries in memory of his wife, Mary K. Blankenship.  Although this committee ceased to exist beyond the early 90s, the donated funds were still with the AAPL.This grand gesture from Wayne to his late wife, Mary, will now continue with this award.

Award Criteria:

  • An exceptional female land professional broadly respected throughout the industry and an established role model for land professional
  • Active member of AAPL, maintaining a recognized AAPL certification
  • Representing professionalism and the AAPL Code of Ethics to the highest standard
  • Strategically responding to fundamental challenges or opportunities regarding or related to land professionals in the industry
  • Elevated appraisal will be credited to candidates that have demonstrated commitment, effort and progress towards elevating and expanding the role of female land professionals and their development within in the industry.

Nomination Process

Complete the Blankenship Family Horizon Award Nomination Form.

Selection Process

  • The selection of award winners will be accomplished by a vote of the Selection Committee which shall consist of the current officers and directors of the Educational Foundation and up to the past seven award winners.   
  • The winning nominee will be decided by a simple majority vote of a quorum of the Selection Committee present at a meeting scheduled by the Foundation President.  A quorum shall be accomplished by 60% of the persons seated on the Selection Committee.  The meeting to determine the award winner may be conducted in person or by telephone.

Additional Notes: The award is a non-monetary award. Each award presentation will also include an education component.

Previous Winner: Pam Feist, CPL (2019)

Please include a statement of how the nominee meets or exceeds the award criteria for the Blankenship Family Horizon Award. Please include any additional files, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, PDF and JPG.
There is a maximum of 2MB for file uploads. If you file exceeds this limit, please contact us at 817-847-7700.