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Doctoral-Only Scholarships


Scholarship recipients MUST attend the Annual Alumni Reunion and Student Celebration

Only scholarships listed on the current year application form will be awarded


1) The Frank and Ivy Boehm Geography Scholarship honors Frank and Ivy Boehm for their strong support
   of  education as an avenue by which individuals can significantly contribute to improving our society. One
   scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
  1. be a Ph.D. student in geographic education
  2. be competitive with a high grade point
  3. submit a 250 word request to the Director of the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education that addresses
      need and qualifications
  4. students in the Summer Cohort program will get preference
  5. this award will be decided in consultation between the geography department chairperson and the Director 

      of the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
  6. extracurricular activities will be considered


2) The Ray and Marian Butler Environmental Geography Scholarship honors Ray
    and Marion Butler of Omaha, Nebraska for their ongoing support of geography, travel and fieldwork and in
    honor of their 50th wedding anniversary on November 20, 1999. One scholarship is awarded each spring
    pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
  1. be a Ph. D. student in environmental geography
  2. use the award to support the costs of fieldwork on a dissertation topic examining environmental physical
      geography in the mountains of the western United States
  3. submit a 1,000-word essay describing his or her dissertation fieldwork and how the Ray and Marian Butler
      Scholarship would aid that fieldwork
  4. be enrolled in at least nine semester hours


3) The Detlefsen Dissertation Scholarship honors Mr. Bernard "Bernie" Detlefsen for his service to our
    country and his interest in places and maps. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available
    funding, and applied to the following fall.

 Applicant must:
    1. have an approved dissertation proposal
    2. have a of scholarly productivity and leadership


4) The Detlefsen Doctoral Candidate Scholarship honors Mr. Bernard "Bernie" Detlefsen for his service
    to our country and his interest in places and maps. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available
    funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
  1. have passed comprehensive / qualifying exams
  2. have a record of scholarly productivity and leadership


5) The Detlefsen Doctoral Excellence Scholarship honors Mr. Bernard "Bernie" Detlefsen for his service to
    our country and his interest in places and maps. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available
    funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
  1. be a 2nd year student
  2. demonstrate excellence in coursework
  3. have a record of research productivity


6) The Detlefsen Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship honors Mr. Bernard "Bernie" Detlefsen for his service
    to our country and his interest in places and maps. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available
    funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
  1. have a Masters GPA>3.75
  2. have a strong record of professional activities
  3. be highly recommended in admission letters of reference


7) The Sandra E. Estaville Dissertation Research Scholarship honors Sandra Estaville for her support of
    the development and implementation of the Geography Ph.D. programs at Texas State University-San
    Marcos. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
  1. write a proposal for dissertation research including research goals and time period
  2. submit letters of recommendation from the applicant’s research advisor and two members of the
      dissertation committee
  3. have a high GPA.


8) The Foster Family Doctoral Educational Fund in Geographic Education honors Ellen J. Foster, Ph.D., the
    third generation in her family to receive an education degree from the institution now known as
    Texas State University-San Marcos. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and
    applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
  1. write a proposal for dissertation research including research goals and time period
  2. submit letters of recommendation from the applicant’s research advisor and two members of the
      dissertation committee
  3. have a high GPA.


9) The Sally Ann Karnau Geography Dissertation Research Scholarship honors Sally Ann Karnau, one of
    the first five students in the Texas State Geography doctoral program. The scholarship will help other
    students who wish to pursue careers in geography. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending
    available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
  1. write a proposal for dissertation research including research goals and time period
  2. submit letters of recommendation from the applicant's research advisor and two members of the
      dissertation committee
  3. have a high GPA


10) The Mao-Geng Zhan Scholarship for Academic Excellence honors Mao-Geng Zhan's (Dr. F. Benjamin Zhan's
      late grandfather) emphasis on education, and inspired Dr. F.B. Zhan to seek academic excellence during his early
      childhood. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
  1. be a geography doctoral student at Texas State
  2. have authored or coauthored (as first author) an article that has been published or accepted for publication  
      by an international or national refereed journal
  3. have conducted the cited research at Texas State University