USGIF Accepting Applications for Annual Scholarship Program

Foundation offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for college students

Herndon, Virginia (November 2, 2020)—The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announces the opening of its 2021 Scholarship Program. Every year, USGIF awards scholarships of various amounts to exceptional students studying GEOINT, geospatial sciences, and other related fields. USGIF has awarded $1.4 million in scholarships since the program began in 2004.

Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral 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.

“When USGIF established the annual scholarship program we were building a new discipline, a goal that could not be achieved without a strong investment in human talent. Over the last 16 years we’ve supported a diverse, well-educated, and culturally competent pool of students who went on to do great things for their communities,” said VP of Academic Affairs and Professional Development, Camelia M. Kantor, Ph.D.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on their academic and professional excellence as well as demonstrated service to the community. Doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate winners receive $3,000, while graduating high school seniors are awarded $1,000.

In addition to USGIF Scholarships at each of the four academic levels, the Foundation offers three additional specialized scholarships:

  • The Stu Shea USGIF Endowed Scholarship—A $15,000 scholarship awarded to one Ph.D. student studying cartography, geography, or imaging science. This award, named for one of the founders of USGIF, is funded by the USGIF Board of Directors.
  • The Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications—A $10,000 scholarship awarded to one master’s degree student in partnership with USGIF Organizational Member Riverside Research.
  • The RGi Scholarship for Geospatial and Engineering—A $10,000 scholarship awarded to one undergraduate student who has an interest in engineering and geospatial disciplines. This scholarship is made possible by USGIF Organizational Member Reinventing Geospatial Inc. (RGi).

To learn more about the scholarship program and how to apply, please visit

The deadline to apply for a USGIF Scholarship, the Ken Miller Scholarship, and the RGi Scholarship is May 16. Applications for the Stu Shea Scholarship are due Feb. 26.

USGIF is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger GEOINT Community among government, industry, academia, professional organizations, and individuals who develop and apply GEOINT to address global security challenges. USGIF achieves its mission via its strategic pillars: Build the Community | Advance the Tradecraft | Accelerate Innovation. For more information, please visit and follow USGIF on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.