USGIF Scholarship Program

The 2016 Scholarship Program will open in early 2016. Please check back then for updates.


In an effort to help further the advancement of the geospatial tradecraft, USGIF is dedicated to assist promising students interested in the geospatial sciences with its annual USGIF Scholarship Program.

  • Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students can apply.
  • Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their academic and professional excellence in a field related to the geospatial intelligence tradecraft.
  • Students interested in using capabilities of geospatial science, data and technologies to address human security challenges are encouraged to submit their applications.

The USGIF Scholarship Program has awarded $891,000 in scholarships since launching the program in 2004.The Scholarship Program is partially funded by the annual Allder Golf Classic. Named in honor of the late William R. Allder Jr., the Allder Golf Classic raises money for the USGIFScholarship Program.


As of November 2015, USGIF has partnered with Riverside Research to create the Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications, a $10,000 scholarship to benefit students planning to enter the intelligence workforce. One scholarship will be awarded each year with the first scholarship to be awarded in Fall 2016.

The Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications is funded by sales from the Riverside Research-authored textbook, “The Phenomenology of Intelligence-focused Remote Sensing.” The scholarship is named for Mr. Kenneth W. Miller, who is known as a founding father of measurement and signatures intelligence (MASINT).

Read more about this scholarship.

The 2015 Scholarship Program Winners Include:


  • Crystal English, San Diego State University/University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Morteza Karimzadeh, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ron Mahabir, George Mason University
  • Monica Medel, Texas State University
  • Taylor Oshan, Arizona State University


  • Christopher S. Beddow, University of Washington
  • Seth Bishop, University of Utah
  • Steven Gilbert, Pennsylvania State University
  • Bridget Kane, University of Pennsylvania School of Design
  • Joel Max, Pennsylvania State University
  • Aishwarya Venkat, Tufts University


  • Sarah Campbell, West Virginia University
  • Charlotte Ector, University of South Carolina
  • Jory Fleming, University of South Carolina
  • Courtney Koch, Harrisburg University
  • Jeffrey Sherwood, Washington College
  • Elijah Staple, University of Colorado, Boulder

Graduating High School Seniors

  • Elizabeth Cady van Assendelft, Robert E. Lee High School, Staunton, Va.; now attending Yale University
  • Kyle Bathgate, Carbondale Community High School, Carbondale, Ill.; now attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Christina Bohnet, South Lakes High School, Reston, Va.; now attending Calvin College
  • Kelly Carney, South Lakes High School, Reston, Va.; now attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Andy Fleming, Dominion High School, Sterling, Va.; now attending Texas A&M University, West Texas
  • Colin Flynn, Heritage High School, Leesburg, Va.; now attending Northern Virginia Community College
  • Daniel Gurley, South Lakes High School, Reston, Va.; now attending James Madison University

Where are they now?

After receiving a USGIF scholarship, students go on to accomplish great things for the GEOINT Community. Here are past scholarship winners we would like to recognize for their work in helping forward the Community.