USGIF Scholarship Program


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 more than $1.1 million 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.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on their academic and professional excellence. Numerous scholarships at various amounts will be awarded. Students interested in using capabilities of geospatial science, data and technologies to address human security challenges are all encouraged to submit applications. Past scholarship recipients are encouraged to apply.

Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications: USGIF and Riverside Research partnered in 2016 to create this award. The Ken Miller Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship annually awarded to one master’s student working in or planning to enter the Defense and/or Intelligence workforce.

2017 Scholarship Winners

Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications

  • Andrew Knight, University of Georgia


  • Michael Brady , Rutgers University,
  • Carolyn S. Fish, Pennsylvania State University*
  • Cara Murphy, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • James Walker, University of California, Los Angeles


  • Roxanne Ahmadi, Pennsylvania State University*
  • Colin Bunker, Ohio State University
  • Courtney Connor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • Jace Ebben, Pennsylvania State University*
  • Linnea Johnson, George Washington University
  • Phil McTigue, Northeastern University*
  • Travis Meyer, Pennsylvania State University*
  • Andrew Ryan, George Mason University*
  • Jesse Sprague, University of New Mexico


  • Luke M. DeJong, American Military University
  • Norman Dela Fuente, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Daniel Gurley, James Madison University*
  • Erin Manth, Mercyhurst University
  • Emma McFee, University of Utah*
  • Elijah Staple, University of Colorado Boulder

Graduating High School Seniors

  • Robert Cordts, South Lakes High School in Reston, Va.; now attending James Madison University*
  • Caitlin Gormley, Sayville High School in West Sayville, N.Y.; now attending the University of Toronto
  • Lily Nalulani Jenkins, Molokai High School in Kaunakakai, Hawaii; now attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Haley King, Tuscarora High School in Leesburg, Va.; now attending George Mason University*
  • Joshua Queja Orteza, Westside High School in Jacksonville, Fla.; now attending the University of Florida
  • Timothy Vrakas, Brookfield East High School in Brookfield, Wis.; now attending Stanford University

*These institutions are accredited by USGIF to award GEOINT Certificates along with their degree programs.

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Past USGIF Scholarship Winners

Click the years of past USGIF scholarship programs below to see the list of winners and to learn about their achievements.

2015 2014
2013 2012
2011 2010
2009 2008
2007 2006

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.