USGIF Directors Announce New Scholarship, Issue Challenge to Community

USGIF Directors Announce New Scholarship, Issue Challenge to Community

June 6, 2017

During the GEOINT Symposium general session June 5, the USGIF Board of Directors introduced a new endowed scholarship in honor of K. Stuart Shea, one of the founders of USGIF and the first chief executive and chairman of the organization.

The K. Stuart Shea USGIF Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to Ph.D. students studying cartography, geography, or imaging science.

“I am honored and humbled by the recognition and am excited about the ability for young professionals to take advantage of the educational opportunities presented by the scholarship,” Shea said.

USGIF Chairman of the Board The Honorable Jeffrey K. Harris emphasized the importance of building the next generation of geospatial intelligence experts.

“In establishing this scholarship, we recognize a leader in our community who shares our passion for the education of the next generation of GEOINTers.” Harris said.

Following the announcement of the scholarship, Harris encouraged the community to give back as well.

“This week, we are asking all of you to donate $5 to support USGIF GEOINT educational programs—text ‘GEOINT’ to 27722,” he said.

Further, Harris announced an anonymous donor has pledged up to $50,000 to match dollar-for-dollar any gifts or pledges made this week at USGIF Booth 1647 toward the endowed scholarship.

“This is a great opportunity to support aspiring Ph.D. students as they advance their tradecraft,” Harris said.

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