Category Archives: Scholarship Opportunities

USGIF Scholarship Program

DEADLINE:  May 15th

To further the advancement of the geospatial tradecraft, USGIF is dedicated to assist promising students studying GEOINT, geospatial sciences, and related fields. The annual USGIF Scholarship Program recognizes the achievements of graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.

USGIF has awarded $1,003,000 in scholarships since launching the program in 2004. The Scholarship Program is funded by donations, the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNC), USGIF membership dues, and the USGIF Allder Golf Classic.

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Summer of Maps Fellowship Program

About Summer of Maps

Summer of Maps is a fellowship program organized by Azavea. We are a B Corporation that specializes  in civic-minded GIS software development and spatial analysis.

Summer of Maps offers stipends to student GIS analysts to perform geospatial data analysis for non-profit organizations. Every year we match up non-profit organizations that have spatial analysis needs with talented students of GIS to implement projects over a three-month period during the summer.

Student Eligibility

This is a paid fellowship program opened to full-time or part-time students. The Summer of Maps program defines a student as an individual accepted into or enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution located in the United States, including community colleges, universities, masters, PhD and undergraduate programs. Alternatively, applicants may be enrolled in an accredited non-U.S. university, but must have a valid work visa that enables work in the United States (we are not able to sponsor students for a visa or provide travel expenses for travel to the U.S.).  If students are accepted into or enrolled in a college or university program as of April 2016, they are eligible to participate in the program, even if they will graduate during the program. Applicants must be available to work at the Azavea office in Philadelphia beginning June 1st.

Applicants may be asked to provide transcripts or other documentation from their accredited institution as proof of enrollment or admission status. Applicants do not need to be in a Geography or GIS program in order to apply, but they should have experience performing analysis using desktop GIS software.

Students that accept the offer to participate in the program are expected to work 12 weeks of time and 40 hours per week out of Azavea’s Philadelphia office. Fellows are expected to adhere to a consistent weekly schedule. Responsibilities are listed below:

  • Work directly with their nonprofit clients to determine project requirements and conduct a scope of work
  • Research and assemble geospatial data from their clients and public data sources
  • Coordinate with their mentors to provide regular status updates to their clients
  • Develop map-based analyses for nonprofit clients
  • Design cartography for analysis projects
  • Write a minimum of two blog posts about the project work completed
  • Perform other data analysis and cartography tasks as directed by the Project Manager
  • Participate in Azavea company activities
  • Conduct final presentations to their clients
  • Participate in kick off and culminating program events
  • Prepare short presentations on projects for the culminating event
  • Produce a final deliverable packages for each project including documentation, data, maps, a report and other necessary client deliverables
  • Complete all program work to satisfaction by the final day of the program without exception

Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, annually

The Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce a national scholarship program for community college students. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students from community colleges, junior colleges, city colleges, or similar two-year educational institutions who will be transferring as geography majors to four year colleges and universities. These scholarships are funded by Darrel Hess, coauthor of the textbook Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation by McKnight and Hess, published by Prentice Hall.
The award consists of a scholarship to be used for any educational expenses in the amount of $1,000 and a formal certificate of merit. The formal announcement of the award will take place at the annual meeting of the AAG.
Eligibility: You are eligible to apply if you are a student currently enrolled at a US community college, junior college, city college, or similar two-year educational institution at the time you submit your application. You must also have completed at least two transfer courses in geography and plan to transfer to a four-year institution as a geography major during the coming academic year.

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Community College Scholarship



GIS 295 – Topics in Service Learning in GIS is being offered in Spring Semester 2016.


Thomas Nelson Community College is offering a three-credit Sea Level Rise Service Learning course. All expenses paid for course tuition and four days of fieldwork including travel, lodging, and food! Competitive application process, students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Sponsored by Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) and offered through the STEM Takes Flight Program in partnership with GeoTEd (, NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Thomas Nelson Community College.

This online course contains field work that will likely be completed over a weekend (Thursday-Sunday) in April 2016.

Learn how to use and operate an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to collect data and other geospatial technologies.

See flyer posted by 313 for more details and the link to the application is!

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities.

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

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Another GIS Website to consider

TOH to Adam Shinal, former NOVA GIS student who called the following to my attention.  You will probable find it useful, too.  Thanks, Adam!

” I just discovered a geo-nerd podcast called A Very Spatial Podcast ( that offers a good mix of GIS, Remote Sensing, UAS, and general technology news and insight.  Even if you don’t listen to each podcast, clicking the “Continue Reading” link at the bottom of each podcast entry will get you a list of links to the news they talked about during the show.  One item that caught my attention and made me think of the NOVA students was the Summer of Maps program (  You may well already know about it, but it’s a paid opportunity for students to partner with non-profits and do GIS work over the summer.”

USGIF Scholarship Program Deadline April 20th

2015 Scholarship Program flyer

  • Students studying geospatial intelligence or any related field are encouraged to submit their applications by the April 20, 2015 deadline.
  • Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students can download applications at
  • Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their academic and professional excellence in a field related to the geospatial intelligence tradecraft.

Last year the Foundation awarded $101,000 to 22 recipients and plans to award at least $100,000 for the 2015 program. High school recipients are awarded $2,000 per scholarship and all others are awarded $5,000 each.  Since 2004, USGIF has awarded $792,000 in scholarship funds to promising students in the geospatial intelligence field.

Students studying in fields such as geography, political science, physics, computer science, engineering, biology, anthropology, sociology or any field in the natural and social sciences are encouraged to apply. Through the USGIF Scholarship Program, the Foundation strives to communicate to students the breadth and power of GEOINT in serving national, global and human security interests.

The USGIF Scholarship Program endeavors to support students with innovative ideas for problem-solving within geospatial science and technology. Please share information about this scholarship program with your students.

For more information on the USGIF Scholarship Program or to download applications, please visit:  Deadline to apply: April 20, 2015