USGIF Scholarship Program

The 2021 USGIF Scholarship Program is now open. The deadline to apply is May 16, 2021. If you are submitting an application for the Stu Shea Scholarship that deadline is Feb. 26, 2021.

Scholarship application due by May 16, 2021

About the USGIF Scholarship Program

USGIF has awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships since launching the program in 2004.

To further the advancement of the geospatial tradecraft, USGIF is dedicated to assist promising students studying GEOINT, geospatial sciences, and related fields. Scholarship recipients are selected based on their academic and professional excellence as well as demonstrated service to the community.

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.


Scholarships Available

The USGIF awards several scholarships to deserving recipients. Doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate winners receive $3,000, while graduating high school seniors are awarded $1,000. Our current EdGEOcation Giving Campaign will directly support the 2021 USGIF Scholarship Program. Help us reach our $70,000 campaign goal.

USGIF also offers three additional scholarships. Learn more about the RGi Scholarship for Geospatial and Engineering, the Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications, and the Stu Shea USGIF Endowed Scholarship below.

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. 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. Named for Mr. Kenneth W. Miller, who is known as a founding father of measurement and signatures intelligence (MASINT), 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. This scholarship is only available for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Stu 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 to a Ph.D. student studying cartography, geography, or imaging science. The recipient of this scholarship will be invited to accept their award on stage at the GEOINT Symposium. This scholarship is only available for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

The deadline to apply for the Stu Shea Scholarship is Feb. 26.


Application Deadlines

Stu Shea Scholarship: Feb. 26, 2021
All other scholarships: May 16, 2021