Scholarships

GIS Colorado is pleased to announce four scholarships available to students exhibiting academic excellence in the following geospatial technologies fields: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), or related disciplines. Scholarships support education and research for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in accredited 2-year or 4-year Colorado colleges or universities. 

GIS Colorado is offering four scholarships for 2020:

  • Two scholarships to full-time students
    • One $1500 undergraduate
    • One $1500 graduate
  • Two scholarships to part-time students
    • One $500 undergraduate
    • One $500 graduate

In addition to the monetary award, all winners will receive a one year membership to GIS Colorado.

Undergraduate scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in the application of geospatial tools, and are intended to support student learning and experience with geospatial technologies and tools. Graduate awards are designed to support application of GIS knowledge and expertise to independent and original research.

Scholarship recipients who present their project at GIS in the Rockies (as a poster or presentation), will have their conference registration fee paid by GIS Colorado.

Full-time status will be based on the definition of each student’s institution for the Fall 2020 semester/quarter. 

Enrollment below full-time status but above 0 zero credits will qualify for the part-time scholarship.

DEADLINE IS 11:59PM MDT, MAY 29, 2020

Students must be attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college/university, or graduate school, located in Colorado, either as a resident or as an online student. To receive scholarship funds, winners must be confirmed as a full-time or part-time enrolled student during the Fall 2020 semester. 

Full-time status will be based on the definition of each student’s institution for the fall 2020 semester/quarter. 

Enrollment below full-time status but above zero credits will qualify for the part-time scholarship.

Please submit examples of individual work that demonstrates an ability or interest in GIS. 

Projects submitted must be independent work – no group projects will be accepted.

The following items are required for a complete scholarship application and must be received by 11:59PM MDT, MAY 29, 2020:

  1. A completed online application using the application tab above.
  2. Transcripts indicating current grade point average (GPA). Unofficial copies are acceptable. PDF format only.
  3. Graphic: Submit a single “graphic” (this can be a map, web map, poster, diagram, or screenshot) that tells the story of your project. The graphic must be your own work but may represent data from other sources. PDF format.
  4. Essay: In 500 or less typed words, explain your geospatial project and how GIS tools or technologies apply. In your essay, include an explanation for why you chose this graphic to represent your project, and describe its context and its intended audience. Note that the graphic should be related to the GIS project discussed in the essay. Please explain how this scholarship award would help to further your research or professional GIS goals. PDF format.
  5. Choose option a or option b:
    1. One letter of recommendation from a professor/teacher, and one resume.
    2. Two letters of recommendation.  Letters of recommendation need to be in PDF format, created by the letter’s author.

After completing your application, please have your references submit their letters directly to scholarship@giscolorado.org

Reference letter requirements:

  1. Total file size is limited to 20MB.
  2. Missing items will result in an incomplete application.
  3. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  4. All emailed files must have file names containing the student’s last name and be in PDF format.
A complete application package includes the online form that collects your contact and academic information as well as the items listed below. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  Missing items will result in an incomplete application. All items must be completed by 11:59PM MDT, MAY 29, 2020

Submit the following documents to scholarship@giscolorado.org

  1. Transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  2. Essay (as described under Requirements tab)
  3. Graphic (as described under Requirements tab)  Examples: a map, a poster, a link to web map saved in a document or referenced in essay
  4. Two letters of recommendation (submitted by your references); OR one letter (submitted by reference) and one résumé (submitted by you).
  5. All aforementioned files in PDF format not to exceed a maximum individual file size of 20MB. 
  6. Combine all files into one zipped file and submitted in one session.