The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) recently announced the opening of its 2021 Scholarship Program. Every year, scholarships of various amounts are awarded to exceptional students studying GEOINT, geospatial sciences, and other related fields. $1.4 million in scholarships have been awarded by USGIF since the program began in 2004.
Students who are graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students interested in using capabilities of geospatial science, data and technologies to address human security challenges are encouraged to their submit applications. Past scholarship recipients are encouraged to apply too.
VP of Academic Affairs and Professional Development, Camelia M. Kantor, Ph.D. said that when USGIF established the annual scholarship program they were building a new discipline, a goal that could not be achieved without a strong investment in human talent. Over the last 16 years they’ve supported a diverse, well-educated, and culturally competent pool of students who went on to do great things for their communities.
Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their academic and professional excellence as well as demonstration of service to the community. Doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate winners are awarded $3,000, while graduating high school seniors receive $1,000.
In addition to USGIF Scholarships at each of the four academic levels, the Foundation offers three additional specialized scholarships too:
- The Stu Shea USGIF Endowed Scholarship—It is a $15,000 scholarship awarded to one Ph.D. student studying cartography, geography, or imaging science. This award, named for one of the founders of USGIF, is funded by the USGIF Board of Directors.
- The Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications—A $10,000 scholarship is awarded to one master’s degree student in partnerships with USGIF Organizational Member Riverside Research.
- The RGi Scholarship for Geospatial and Engineering—A $10,000 scholarship awarded to one undergraduate student who has a keen interest in engineering and geospatial disciplines. This scholarship has been possible only because of the support of USGIF Organizational Member Reinventing Geospatial Inc. (RGi).
The deadline to apply for a USGIF Scholarship, the Ken Miller Scholarship, and the RGi Scholarship is May 16 and applications for the Stu Shea Scholarship are due Feb. 26.
For more information about the program, please visit usgif.org/education/scholarships.