USGIF Scholarship Program


The 2016 Scholarship Program will open in early 2016. Please check back 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 scholarship awards.

  • 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.

USGIF hopes to inspire students who are interested in all that GEOINT has to offer to invest their futures in this incredibly exciting and relevant field of study. 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 USGIF Scholarship Program.

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 a few past scholarship winners we would like to recognize for their work in helping forward the Community.

Megan Miller
2014 Winner
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Briana Neuberger
2013 & 2012 Winner
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Sara Flecher
2012 Winner
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Jennifer Veilleux
2011 & 2010 Winner
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Shadrock Roberts
2010 Winner
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Christopher Lippitt
2009, 2008, 2007, 2005 Winner
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Richard Medina
2008 Winner
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Greg Babonis
2007 Winner
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Brian Tomaszewski
2007 Winner
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Dan Goldberg
2005 Winner
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