While you likely took geography at some point in your K-12 journey, it’s of note that the study of geography in higher education deals with issues beyond memorizing the names of locations.

Geography as a higher ed subject tackles issues such as describing human movement, interactions between people groups, as well as the effect of humans on their broader environment. Geography as an academic disciplines is important in combatting climate change and the study of marginalized cultures.

If you see yourself interested in these types of issues, luckily there are many organizations supportive of your educational goals. We’ve pulled out some of the most lucrative of these scholarships below!

 

ScholarshipPoints.com $10,000 Scholarship

  • 10000
  • ScholarshipPoints awards a $10,000 scholarship to their members. In order to be eligible for this $10,000 award you must be 13 years of age or older on the date of the entry and be a US Citizen as well as currently attending or planning to attend a college in the United States. For more information and to apply head to their website.
  • 13 years of age and older

David Library of the American Revolution Fellowships

  • 1,000 – 1,600
  • The David Library of the American Revolution Fellowships are scholarships for doctoral candidates and post doctoral students who are from a PHD-granting institution currently writing their dissertation and engaging in research. This is a $1000-$1600 award. To qualify for this award you must be majoring or focusing your career in History, Africana Studies, American Studies, Gender Studies, Women’s Studies, Political Science, Religion, Law, Geography, and others. For more information on how to apply to this scholarship head to their website.
  • Doctoral, Post-Doctoral

Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship

  • 1500
  • The Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship is a $1500 award for students who are pursuing geography as their major. To qualify for this award the applicant should be an undergraduate student pursuing a major in geography and attending a college or currently enrolled at a US community college, junior college, city college, or a similar two-year educational institution. Additionally, the applicant should also be planning to transfer to a four-year institution.
  • Two-Year College Planning to Transfer to a Four-Year University

The National Hydropower Association Past Presidents’ Legacy Scholarship Program

  • 2500
  • The National Hydropower Association Past President’s Legacy Scholarship Program is a $2500 award available to college sophomores, juniors or graduate students. To qualify for this award you must be a US citizen or legal US resident as well as be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program. For more information and to wasw apple sawto the scholarship head to their website.
  • Undergraduate, Graduate

The Mel Marcus Fund for Physical Geography

  • 2000
  • The Mel Marcus Fund for Physical Geography was established to support the travel and logistical costs required for students in field research and physical geography. The faculty member must join the student for the intended fieldwork. This is a $2000 award given to faculty applicants.
  • Field Study Award

Henning Graduate Fellowship in Labor Culture and History

  • 5000
  • The Henning Graduate Fellowship in Labor Culture and History is a $5000 award for graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited university in the state of California. To qualify for this award you must be studying one of the following disciplines: anthropology, art, communication studies, cultural studies, english, ethnic studies, folklore, geography, history, labor studies, literature, sociology, urban studies, and women’s studies. The purpose of this award is to fund and support the innovative study of various philosophies and expressive cultures of people who are working in the United States. To apply to this award you must have a letter of recommendation from your department chair.
  • Graduate

The Robert A. Catlin/David W. Long Memorial Scholarship

  • 1500
  • The Robert A. Caitlyn/David W. Long Memorial Scholarship is for black students are looking to enter into the field of urban planning. The purpose of this fellowship is to build a community of black planning professionals. This is a $1500 award for graduate students or undergraduate students who are attending an Historically Black College and University. To apply for the scholarship, you must submit one letter of recommendation as well as a work of a portfolio sample. Additionally applicants should provide proof of enrollment in a graduate planning program as well as a letter of acceptance to that graduate planning program.
  • Undergraduate, Graduate

Undergraduate STEM Scholarships

  • 3500
  • The Undergraduate STEM scholarships are offered through the Ohio Space Grant Consortium. There are a number of awards in varying amounts including the $3500 award and the $2500 award available from NASA. The $1000 award is available from the university. To be eligible for this award you must be a junior or senior undergraduate student attending a member university in Ohio. Students should be pursuing a degree in a STEM subject and should be either women or under represented minorities or persons with disabilities. To apply to this award you should submit a person objective statement with your educational and career goals as well as two letters of recommendation.
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Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship

  • 3500
  • The Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Inc. founders fund scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students who have been able to demonstrate excellence in a field of study related to the environmental field and environmental field. To be eligible for the $3500 reward you must be an undergraduate student or a graduate student entering the first or second year. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be US citizens enrolled as a full-time four year undergraduate or graduate degree.Some of the eligible majors include: ecology, geography, conservation biology, zoology, and natural resource management.
  • Undergraduate, Graduate

AMS Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science

  • 15000
  • The AMS Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science is an award brought to you by the American Meteorological Society. This is a $15,000 fund which is given as a stipend to support a dissertation on the history of atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences. To be eligible for this award the applicant should be a graduate student and hold a permanent resident status of the United States or be US citizens. This applicant should be in the process of completing a dissertation on the history of the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences. The fellowships must be used to support research.
  • Graduate

Ohio Space Grant Consortium

  • 16000
  • The Ohio Space Grant Consortium OSGC provide a $16,000 award for graduate students who are pursuing a STEM-related degree. To qualify for this award you must be a master student who is a citizen of the United States. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. To apply for the scholarship you must submit two letters of recommendation as well as complete an application form. For more information and to apply to the scholarship head to their website.
  • Graduate

Community College Scholarships

  • 1000
  • The Community College Scholarships are brought to you by the Ohio Space Grant Consortium OSGC. This is a $1000 award for sophomores who are pursuing a STEM related course. To be eligible for this award you must be a full-time student demonstrating academic merit and be enrolled in a member community college in the state of Ohio. For more information and to apply to the scholarship head to their website.
  • Undergraduate

DESGC Summer Research Internships

  • 4000
  • The DESGC Summer Research Internships are available to students who are currently enrolled at a DESGC institution. This award is available to members of the NASA Delaware Space Grant Consortium. To be eligible for this award you must be an undergraduate student enrolled in a STEM field: science technology engineering math and geography. This is a $4000 award.
  • Undergraduate, Graduate

 

 

Abraham Anson Memorial Scholarship

  • 2000
  • The Abraham Anson Memorial Scholarship is for undergraduate students enrolled in a college or university in the United States. The applicant must be pursuing a major in remote sensing, surveying and mapping and geospatial science or technology. This is a $2000 award. To apply for this award you should submit two letters of recommendation from a faculty member or a professional that has knowledge of your work as well as a statement of purpose. For more information and to apply head to their website.
  • Undergraduate

Robert N. Colwell Memorial Fellowship

  • 6500
  • The Robert N. Colwell Memorial Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student who is enrolled in a college or university in the United States or Canada. The student must be a graduate student at the PHD level in order to be eligible for this award. This is a $6500 scholarship for a student who is pursuing a PhD in remote sensing or another geospatial information technologies program. To apply for this award you should submit two letters of recommendation as well as a statement essay. Additionally, applicants submit a course listing outlining courses taken, your internships, and professional work experience as well as technical papers and other research documents.
  • Graduate

AWG Minority Scholarship

  • n/a
  • The AWG Minority Scholarship Association for Women Geoscientists offers a scholarship for a full-time student who is attending and pursuing an undergraduate degree in the field of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrology, meteorology, physical oceanography, planetary geology or earth science education. To be eligible for this award you must be a female who is African-American, Hispanic, or Native American enrolled at an accredited college or university. To apply for this award you should submit two letters of recommendation from faculty at the school as well as a signed and completed application form with unofficial copies of your SAT or ACT scores as well as a letter signed by your academic advisor stating that you plan to major in the geosciences. For more information and to apply to the scholarship head to their website.
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University of Delaware Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

  • n/a
  • The University of Delaware Graduate Student Funding Opportunities Award is from the American Meteorological Society (AMS). This award goes to graduate students pursuing marine science and policy or geological sciences and geography. The purpose of this award is to encourage competitive students to engage in research. The applicant must be in a masters or PhD program. The amount of the award varies. For more information and to apply to the scholarship head to their website.
  • Graduate

National Cancer Institute: Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

  • n/a
  • The National Cancer Institute Colon Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program is brought to you by the American Psychological Association APA. The amount of the award varies and as for candidates who are seeking to train in the field of cancer prevention and control. To be eligible for this award applicants should have an MD, PhD, or JD or another doctoral degree related to cancer prevention. the applicant should be a permanent Resident of the United States or an Irish citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of the European Union currently employed on the island of Ireland. The amount of this award varies. To be eligible for this award you must have fewer than five years of postdoctoral experience at the time of the award.
  • Post-doctoral

The National Hydropower Association Past Presidents’ Legacy Scholarship Program

  • 2500
  • The National Hydropower Association Past President’s Legacy Scholarship encourages students to become part of the US Hydro power industry. The award funds individuals from a variety of fields including: IT, forestry, animal sciences, communications, geography, and other areas. To submit an application for this $2500 scholarship head to their website.
  • All

Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship

  • 1500
  • The Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship offers two $1500 scholarships to students who are attending junior college, community colleges, city colleges, or similar two-year colleges and universities. These scholarships are funded by Darrell Hess who is the author of McKnight’s Physical Geography: a Landscape Appreciation. The purpose of this award is to help cover educational expenses. To be eligible you must be a US citizen and attending a US community college who is able to demonstrate financial need.
  • Community College

AWG Minority Scholarship

  • 6000
  • The Association for Women Geoscientists offers the AWG minority scholarship. The scholarship goes to a full-time undergraduate student or high school student who is entering one of these fields: geology, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrology, meteorology, physical oceanography, planetary geology, or earth science education. To be eligible for this award you must be a woman who was an African-American Hispanic or Native American.
  • Women, Minorities

AAGS Joseph F. Dracup Scholarship Award

  • 2000
  • The National Society of Professional Surveyors NSPS offers a number of scholarships each year to individuals companies and organizations. To be eligible for these awards you should be professionals or students involved in surveying, mapping, geographic information systems, and other related fields. The amount of the awards varies and ranges from $2000-$5,000.
  • All

Oklahoma State University Geography Scholarships

  • $500-$2500
  • Oklahoma State sponsors a number of geography scholarships including the John F, Rooney Junior outstanding junior scholarship. This award is presented through the department of geography at OSU and is a one time award for $2500. The Robert E. Norris Memorial scholarship is presented to an outstanding first year graduate student for the amount of $2500. The Robert E. Norris research award is a $1500 reward for qualifying travel expenses to be used by students who are in conducting field research. The department offers a number of awards ranging from $500-$2500. For more information and to apply head to their website.
  • Undergraduate

Humboldt State University Geography Scholarships

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  • The Humboldt State University Department of Geography and Environment and Spatial Analysis offers a study abroad scholarship. This award is given to students of Humboldt University. The Gilman scholarship program is part of the US Department of state Bureau of education and cultural affairs implemented by the Institute of International Education. To qualify for this award you must be an undergraduate student who is a US citizen able to demonstrate financial need. For more information and to apply to this opportunity had to their website.
  • Undergraduate

University of Montana Geography Scholarships

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  • The University of Montana WA Frank College of Forestry and Conservation Geography offers a number of awards and funding opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. Among the awards includes the Kang scholarship. The Purpose of the Kang scholarships are to provide funding for students majoring in geography at the University of Montana. The awards are given based on academic merit as well as financial need. Additionally the University of Montana offers the Hannes’s earring in Montana Association of geographic information professional scholarship among several others. For more information and to apply to these various awards And to learn about their programming head to their website.
  • Undergraduate, Graduate

 

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