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Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences

Awards, Scholarships, and Research Fellowships

Through the generous support of alumni, faculty, and friends of geography, the Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences annually recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate student achievements by awarding scholarships, research grants, and research fellowships. 

Alumni and friends interested in supporting these awards can do so through accounts maintained by the KSU Foundation which can be accessed from links found on our Giving to Geography page. 

Undergraduate Scholarships and Research Fellowships

William D. Grimm Memorial Scholarship

The William D. Grimm Memorial Scholarship is given to an undergraduate geography major.  The award honors William Grimm, a 1986 Kansas State geography major, who was killed in action on January 31, 1991, during the Persian Gulf War.

Current Recipient(s):  Kevin Johnson and Trevor Thomas (past recipients)

Steve Kale Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Steve Kale Undergraduate Research Fellowship provides support for the conduct of a research project in close association with a research mentor. The fellowship is named in honor of Steve Kale, a native Kansan and Geography alumnus, and his goal of supporting student research in geography.

Current Recipient(s):  Keith Birnbaum and Chester Hubbard (past recipients)

LeBlanc Outstanding Undergraduate Major Award

An annual award to the outstanding undergraduate geography student of the year.  This award is made possible through the generosity of Leonard LeBlanc, III, who earned a B.S. in Geography in 1973.

Current Recipient(s):  Noel Guzman (past recipients)

National Council for Geographic Education Excellence / American Association of Geographers Excellence Scholarship

An annual award that recognizes graduating seniors majoring in geography for outstanding academic achievement, Gamma Theta Upsilon membership, departmental service, dedication, and enthusiasm. 

Current Recipient(s):  Alex Heeren (past recipients)

Linda Patterson Geography Scholarship

The Linda Patterson Geography Scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving undergraduate geography major.  Preference is given to non-traditional students based on need.  Extra consideration will be given to students who are a single parent.

Current Recipient(s):  Chester Hubbard (past recipients)

Huber Self Geography Scholarship

The Self Scholarship is supported by alumni and friends of the Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences and is bestowed in the name of Professor Emeritus Huber Self.  Professor Self retired in 1980 after having devoted more than 33 years of his professional life to the advancement of geography at KSU.  He has authored textbooks and atlases on the Geography of Kansas and numerous articles in professional journals.

Current Recipient(s):  Kristina Head and Dalton Silhan (past recipients)

H.L. "Sy" Seyler Undergraduate GIScience Scholarship

The Seyler Undergraduate GIScience Scholarship is supported by alumni, friends, and faculty of the Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences and is bestowed in the name of emeritus faculty member H.L. "Sy" Seyler.  Dr. Seyler retired in 2000 after having devoted nearly three decades of professional service to the advancement of both geography and geographic information science at Kansas State University. 

Current Recipient(s):  Kevin Johnson (past recipients)

Robert H. Williams Undergraduate Geography Scholarship

The Robert H. Williams Undergraduate Geography Scholarship is awarded annually to a worthy geography major.  The scholarship is named in honor of Robert H. Williams and provides financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences at Kansas State University.

Current Recipient(s):  Kristina Head, Chester Hubbard, and Trevor Thomas (past recipients)

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships

Milton and Emma Jean Rafferty Gamma Theta Upsilon Geography Scholarship

The Rafferty Gamma Theta Upsilon Geography Scholarship is awarded annually to a worthy geography graduate or undergraduate student who is a member of, and active participant in, the Beta Psi Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon at Kansas State University.  The scholarship is named in honor of Milton and Emma Jean Rafferty and provides assistance to a student enrolled in the Department of Geography.

Current Recipient(s):  Nicholas McCarroll, Hilda Onuoha, Dalton Silhan (past recipients)

Graduate Awards, Scholarships, and Research Fellowships

Geography Graduate Research Grants

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to directly support thesis or dissertation research activities, including travel to field sites, purchases or rentals of equipment or other resources (computer cluster time, data sets, software, etc.).  The amount and number of awards vary from year to year depending on available funds and the quality of applications.  Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time graduate students in the Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences.  

Current Recipient(s):  No award in 2021 (past recipients)

Graduate Student Leadership Award

An annual award established in 2002 to recognize geography graduate students for their professionalism, dedication, and leadership during the past academic year.

Current Recipient(s):  Amariah Fischer (past recipients)

Steve Kale Graduate Research Fellowship

The Steve Kale Graduate Fellowship provides funds to support ambitious and high-caliber research conducted as part of a thesis or dissertation.  The focus of the Kale Fellow should be entirely on these research activities while the fellowship is held. Each Kale Fellow will present a research colloquium to the Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences during the Fall semester following the fellowship.  The fellowship is named in honor of Steve Kale, a native Kansan and Geography alumnus, and his goal of supporting student research in geography.

Current Recipient(s):  Olivia Groeber (MA), Clay Robertson (PhD) (past recipients)

Marston Muddy Boots Scholarship

The Marston Muddy Boots Scholarship was established to support graduate students in Geography at Kansas State University who are pursuing theses or dissertations centered in physical geography.  The scholarship honors the memory of R.B. Marston, a lifelong educator, who attributed his achievements to hard work, a positive outlook, self-confidence, and effective mentoring.  Projects must involve a significant level of well-conceived fieldwork. 

Current Recipient(s):  Nicholas McCarroll (past recipients)

Mary Dobbs Outstanding Department Citizen Award

An annual award established in Spring 2006 to recognize the geography student whose actions during the past year best exemplify the spirit of the department and a willingness to give "110%".  This award was renamed the Mary Dobbs Outstanding Department Citizen Award to honor the memory of Mary Dobbs, a geography doctoral student, who passed away during the Fall 2006 semester.

Current Recipient(s):  Abu Maroof (past recipients)

White Geography Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

This annual award is presented to a geography graduate student for outstanding performance as a teaching assistant. 

Current Recipient(s):  Meng Ding and Hilda Onuoha (past recipients)