USGIF Scholarship Program


The 2019 Scholarship Program will open November 2018.

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 $1.2 million in scholarships since launching the program in 2004.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on their academic and professional excellence. Doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate winners receive $5,000, while graduating high school seniors are awarded $2,000.

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.

RGi Scholarship for Geospatial and Engineering: USGIF and Reinventing Geospatial, Inc. (RGi) partnered in 2018 to offer this award. The $10,000 scholarship annually awards one undergraduate student who has an interest in both the engineering and geospatial disciplines and also demonstrates financial need. This scholarship is only available for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

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.

K. Stuart Shea USGIF Endowed Scholarship: The USGIF Board of Directors introduced a new endowed scholarship in 2017. This scholarship is a $15,000 scholarship and is named in honor of K. Stuart Shea, one of the founders of USGIF and the first chief executive and chairman of the organization. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a Ph.D. student studying cartography, geography, or imaging science.

Questions about the scholarship program can be emailed to

Congratulations to our 2018 USGIF Scholarship Winners

K. Stuart Shea USGIF Endowed Scholarship

• Sanghui Han, Rochester Institute of Technology

RGi Scholarship for Geospatial and Engineering

• David Runneals, Northwest Missouri State University

Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications

• Joshua Michael Turner, North Carolina State University


• Katherine Cavanaugh, University of California, Los Angeles
• Jaclyn Guz, Clark University
• Carolynne Hultquist, Pennsylvania State University
• Christopher Olayinka Ilori, Simon Fraser University
• Scott Pezanowski, Pennsylvania State University


• Jacob Fuson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• Cesar Jhonatan Garrido Lecca Rivera, University of Redlands
• Travis Meyer, Pennsylvania State University
• Andrew Ryan, George Mason University
• Sarah Spalding, University of Texas at Austin


• Jake T. Burstein, University of South Carolina
• Milovan Dakic, Indiana State University
• Margaret Hackney, Mercyhurst University
• Haley Kathryn King, George Mason University
• Candice Lee, University of Georgia
• Pearl Leff, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College & Lander College for Women
• Claire Mercer, Ohio State University & Sijal Institute
• Rachel Pierstorff, University of Denver

Graduating High School Seniors:

• Alexander Chrvala, Towson High School in Towson, Md.; now attending the University of Mary Washington
• Srijay Kasturi, South Lakes High School in Reston, Va.; now attending the University of Maryland
• Madyson Larson, Xenia High School in Xenia, Ohio; now attending the University of Cincinnati
• Christopher Lee, Dripping Springs High School in Dripping Springs, Texas; now attending the University of Texas at Dallas
• Keelin O’Hara, Albermarle High School in Charlottesville, Va.; now attending the University of Mary Washington
• Adam Wallace Potter, Oak Park River Forest High School in River Forest, Ill.; now attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Brandon Staple, Longmont High School in Longmont, Colo.; now attending the University of Colorado Denver
• Maxwell Thorpe, David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo.; now attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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.

2017 2016
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.