USGIF Scholarship Program

New applications for the 2022-23 academic year will be accepted starting April 4, 2022.

 

Support the next geospatial generation!

USGIF has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships since launching the program in 2004.

To further the advancement of the geospatial tradecraft, USGIF assists promising students studying GEOINT, geospatial sciences, and related fields through our annual scholarship program. USGIF selects scholarship recipients based on their academic and professional excellence as well as demonstrated service to the community.

We encourage students interested in geospatial science, data and technologies who are pursuing careers in GEOINT or national security to submit applications during our spring application window. Past scholarship recipients may reapply.

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Available Scholarships

USGIF awards several scholarships to deserving doctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and high school recipients.

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.

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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.

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Adrian Seemangal, 2021 Scholarship Recipient

“Winning this scholarship is a life-changing event for me...Before college, I had never heard of GIS, remote sensing, or GEOINT. This scholarship is great because it is a clear way to say, ‘Hey, this field exists, it can be extremely rewarding, and people will support you for pursuing it.’”

Adrian Seemangal is a rising junior majoring in Geographical Sciences and minoring in Russian Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. He first became interested in geospatial sciences through remote sensing, as he was fascinated by the concept of using false-color imagery to reveal information that our eyes cannot see. Upon joining the geography program, the other aspects of geospatial sciences (GIS, spatial data science) also captivated him. His research interests include programmatically solving GEOINT problems with spatial data science, using drone platforms for agile imagery collection, and using machine learning to automate applicable analysis processes.

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.

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Evelyn Burch Jones, 2021 Scholarship Recipient

“The Ken Miller scholarship is an incredible gift that will fund my tuition as well as several of my technology needs for my research, alleviating many of my concerns. Because of this scholarship, I will be able to work fewer hours and dedicate more time to my coursework, research, and engagement with the GEOINT community.”

Evelyn Burch Jones is an imagery analysis intern for the Department of Defense and is pursuing an M.S. in Geospatial Intelligence from Johns Hopkins University. Jones recently finished an internship with USAID in GIS, graphic design, and research. Previously, she interned on Capitol Hill and completed a fellowship with a D.C. think tank. She has also contributed GEOINT reports on topics ranging from refugee crises to environmental disasters through the AllSource Analysis Network. Jones is currently researching patterns of land cover change related to forced migration. She will pursue a career in the intelligence community after graduation.

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.

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Wendy Zeller Zigaitis, 2020 Scholarship Recipient

“I am extremely honored and excited to receive this award. Without it, I may not have been able to complete the fieldwork portion of my doctoral research.”

After 20 years as a senior analyst at the Department of Defense, Wendy Zeller Zigaitis began her Ph.D. program at Penn State University in 2019. Her doctoral dissertation research focuses on developing science that has the potential to help save wildlife from extinction. As part of this research, Zigaitis is exploring the potential of game camera traps as well as UAS to help explain human-animal interactions in critical habitats. She has engaged with other PSU departments to develop an interdisciplinary approach, which may include the use of a UAS developed at the university as a test bed.