USGIF accepting applications for annual scholarship program

Foundation introduces $15,000 scholarship

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced the opening of its 2018 Scholarship Program. Every year, USGIF awards scholarships of various amounts to exceptional students studying geospatial sciences and related fields. In total, USGIF has awarded more than $1.1 million in scholarships since the program began in 2004.


Students who are graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students are eligible to apply for a USGIF Scholarship.

“USGIF is dedicated to encouraging and helping deserving students pursue their dream careers,” said Dr. Camelia Kantor, USGIF’s director of academic programs. “When the supply of well-educated and trained professionals is expected not to meet the demand, as is the case in geospatial intelligence, scholarships also have the potential to attract high-performing students who are already working toward their degrees. And USGIF’s scholarships are much more than mere financial support—they provide the awardees with a ‘VIP ticket’ to the GEOINT Community and help them discover pathways into the GEOINT profession.”

USGIF introduced a new scholarship this year—the K. Stuart Shea USGIF Endowed Scholarship. This $15,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a Ph.D. student studying cartography, geography, or imaging science. The scholarship 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 USGIF Board of Directors established the K. Stuart Shea endowed scholarship to support the development of significant domain expertise in the GEOINT technical cadre across cartography, geography, and imaging science,” said The Honorable Jeffrey K. Harris, Chairman of USGIF’s Board of Directors. “The scholarship will support the attainment of Ph.D.s in these key areas, resulting in future leaders capable of leveraging technology to drive new, innovative multi-disciplinary mission outcomes. This scholarship recognizes in perpetuity the substantial leadership of Shea in the creation of USGIF as an educational foundation.”

The Foundation is for the third year offering the Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications to one master’s degree student. This $10,000 scholarship is granted in partnership with USGIF Organizational Member Riverside Research, and made possible by sales of the “The Phenomenology of Intelligence-focused Remote Sensing” textbook. The deadline to apply for a USGIF Scholarship is Feb. 26.

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