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USGIF has awarded more than $1.6M in scholarships since launching the program in 2004.

Applying for USGIF Scholarships

  • Scholarship applications open on January 23, 2023.
  • Students can visit USGIF’s scholarship application portal to apply.
  • The components required for scholarship application are:
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Most recent school transcript
    • Short answer questions
    • Write an essay
  • Two virtual information sessions will be held for applicants:
    • One on Monday, February 13 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
    • One in mid-May, TBD
  • Scholarship applications will close on May 31, 2023.
  • USGIF will notify applicants of award decisions at the beginning of July 2023. 

Application Submission Deadline: May 31

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Frequently Asked Questions

USGIF awards general scholarships to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students. In addition to USGIF’s regular scholarship fund, we offer sponsored scholarships in coordination with member organizations. USGIF works with the awarding organization to tailor the scope of the scholarship to meet the goals of the organization and the needs of the GEOINT community.

These sponsored scholarships may have additional criteria for applicants to meet in order to apply. For each sponsored scholarship, please review the information to see if you qualify. If you have any questions about sponsored scholarships or are unsure if you qualify, email education@usgif.org for more information.

Sponsored Scholarships Currently Offered By USGIF:

Stu Shea USGIF Endowed Scholarship

$15,000 annual scholarship awarded to a Ph.D. student studying geospatial.

Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications

$10,000 annual scholarship awarded to one master’s student working in or planning to enter the Defense/Intelligence workforce.

Reinventing Geospatial, Inc. (RGi) Scholarship for Geospatial and Engineering

$10,000 annual scholarship awarded to one undergraduate student with interest in both the engineering and geospatial disciplines.

Maxar Scholarship for Diversity and Innovation in GEOINT

$10,000 annual scholarship awarded to one undergraduate or graduate student who embodies Maxar’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging and brings an innovative perspective to the GEOINT field.

EVONA Scholarship for Diversity in STEM

$10,000 annual scholarship awarded to one undergraduate student from a diverse gender and racial background pursuing a geospatial, data science, or space-focused degree.

AWS Scholarship for Inclusive Leadership in GEOINT


$10,000 annual scholarship awarded to one undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. student studying a GEOINT-related field who embodies AWS’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Leidos Scholarship for AI/ML Advancement

$10,000 annual scholarship awarded to one graduate or Ph.D. student who uses artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, or machine learning for geospatial research.