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Undergraduate-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 Leif Anenson Geography Scholarship honors alumnus Leif Anenson and his love for
    Geographic Information Science (GIS). One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and
    applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. be an undergraduate geography major
   2. have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
   3. be a junior or senior specializing in the study of Geographic Information Science and financing at least 25%
       of her/his education
   4. write a two-page, double-spaced essay on what the student hopes to do with her/his degree in geography
   5. be enrolled in at least 12 hours


2) The Bruce Lee Augustin Undergraduate Geography Scholarship honors Bruce L. Augustin, a senior
    geography major who lost his life in an automobile accident. The scholarship will help other students who wish
    to pursue the career in geography that Bruce was unable to complete. One scholarship awarded each spring
    pending available funding and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. have a 2.75 GPA or higher
   2. be a junior or senior student who is financing at least 50 % of his / her education
   3. write a two-page, double-spaced essay on what the student hopes to do with his / her degree in geography
   4. be enrolled in at least 12 hours


3) Byron "Doc" Augustin Undergraduate Geography Scholarshiphonors Byron "Doc" Augustin for
    encouraging his students to travel and experience geography in the real world. One scholarship is awarded
    each spring pending available funding and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. be a sophomore, junior, or senior student majoring in Geography - Resource and Environmental Studies who 
       is financing at least 50 % of his / her university education
   2. have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA
   3. submit a two-page, double-spaced essay on what he / she hopes to do with a degree in geography


4) Karen Brettschneider Geography Scholarship honors Karen Brettschneider‘s legacy of environmental
    stewardship to the next generation of geographers. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available
    funding and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in geography
   2. have a concentration in water studies or resource and environmental studies
   3. have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA


5)  The Davis Family Undergraduate Geography Scholarship honors the commitment of the Davis Family to
    higher education.

Applicant must:
   1. have a minimum 2.75 GPA
   2. be a junior or senior student majoring in Geography who is helping to finance at least 50% of his / her
       education
   3. write a two-page, double spaced essay on what the student hopes to do with his / her degree in geography
   4. be enrolled in at least 12 hours


6) The Detlefsen Junior Academic and Leadership 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.

Applicants must:
   1. have a total of 60 credit hours
   2. be a declared Department of Geography major
   3. have earned a grade of “B” or better in GEO 1309 or 1310, 2410, 3301 and two (2) other GEO classes and at least
       a 3.25 GPA in all GEO classes
   4. have an overall Texas State GPA of 3.25
   5. be or have been an officer in a Texas State Department of Geography student organization or otherwise
      demonstrate leadership and service to a Department of Geography student organization


7) The Detlefsen Junior Opportunity 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 total of 60 credit hours
   2. be a declared Department of Geography major
   3. have earned a grade of “B” or better in GEO 1309 or 1310, 2410, and four (4) other GEO classes and at least a 3.00
       GPA in all GEO classes
   4. have an overall Texas State GPA of 3.00
   5. be or have been an officer in a Texas State Department of Geography student organization or otherwise
       demonstrate leadership and service to a Department of Geography student organization


8) The Detlefsen Senior Academic and Leadership 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 total of 75 credit hours
   2. be a declared Department of Geography major
   3. have earned a grade of “B” or better in GEO 1309 or 1310, 2410, 3301 and three (3) other GEO classes and at least
       a 3.50 GPA in all GEO classes
   4. have an overall Texas State GPA of 3.50
   5. be or have been an officer in a Texas State Department of Geography student organization with a demonstrated
       record of leadership and service to a Department of Geography student organization


9) The Detlefsen Senior Opportunity 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 total of 80 credit hours
   2. be a declared Department of Geography major
   3. have earned a grade of B or better in GEO 1309 or 1310, 2410, and five (5) other GEO classes and at least a
       3.00 GPA in all GEO classes
   4. have an overall Texas State GPA of 3.00
   5. be or have been an officer in a Texas State Department of Geography student organization or otherwise
       demonstrate leadership and service to a Department of Geography student organization


10) The Lawrence Estaville Scholarship in Geography honors Dr. Lawrence Estaville and his outstanding
    service to the Department of Geography as chair from 1994 to 2004. One scholarship is awarded each spring
    pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. be a first generation college student,
   2. be declared an undergraduate geography major
   3. have a sophomore or junior standing
   4. have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above and a geography GPA of 2.5 or above
   5. provide evidence of service to the Department of Geography and the community
   6. priority will be given to students who qualify for federal work-study funding (attach statement of eligibility)
   7. priority will be given to students from underrepresented communities of the state


11) The Hilmar W. and Alta R. Hageman Family Endowed Scholarship honors Hilmar W. and Alta Ruth
      McWilliams Hageman and the values they demonstrated in the care of their family. For years, Texas State
      University-San Marcos has been a part of the Hageman family, and it is the goal of this scholarship to benefit
      local students in need. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied to the
      following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. be a San Marcos High School graduate
   2. enter Texas State as a geography major
   3. have an ACT score of 22 or higher or an SAT of 1000 or higher
   4. be a full-time student (enrolled in 12 hours)
   5. demonstrate financial need


12) The Allen D. Hellman Scholarship in Geography and Planning honors Allen D. Hellman, retired
     professor and past chair of the Department of Geography and Planning. One scholarship is awarded each fall
     and/or spring pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. enroll in at least one geography class
   2. be a full-time student (enrolled in 12 hours)
   3. show financial need
   4. show an interest in majoring in geography
   5. be an incoming student


13) The Zach A. Howard and Kristen A. Scholer Scholarship was established to support non-traditional 
      students who are bearing the financial responsibility that comes with pursing a degree in higher education.
      One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. be a non-traditional student
   2. be declared an undergraduate geography major
   3. posses a 2.75 Texas State GPA
   4. be enrolled in at least 12 hours
   5. be financing 50% or more of his / her education


14) The Sally Ann Karnau Geography Scholarship honors Sally Ann Karnau, one of the first five students in the
     Texas State Geography PhD program. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and
     applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. be an undergraduate geography major
   2. have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
   3. be a junior or senior student who is financing at least 25 % of her / his education
   4. write a two-page, double-spaced essay on what the student hopes to do with her / his degree in geography


15) The Martha Sue Baker Morrow Scholarship for a Teacher Candidate for Secondary Geography Teaching
     honors Martha Sue Baker Morrow’s lifelong dedication to excellence in teaching and to high
     standards of academic scholarship in high school teaching. Martha Sue Morrow, nee Baker (1924-1969), was
     a 1946 graduate of Texas State University and a highly respected teacher at Bay City High School in Bay
     City, Texas. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. be an exemplary, upper division, teacher candidate in secondary geography
   2. submit their GPA (counts one-third in judging)
   3. submit recommendation letters from university faculty or mentor teachers (counts one-third in judging)
   4. write a 500-word essay discussing teaching goals and interests, with an emphasis on dedication to teaching
       and educational philosophy, as well as efforts to make a difference in students’ lives and learning through
       teaching and educational service whether innovative or traditional, and in, or out, of the classroom (counts
       one-third in judging)
   5. have undergraduate standing
   6. be enrolled for 12 semester hours
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16) The Jacob ("Jake") Rakofsky Scholarship honors the memory of Jacob ("Jake") Rakofsky and his love of
     Geography.

Applicant must:
   1. be a non-freshman undergraduate student
   2. be pursuing a geography or geography-related degree
   3. be a student who struggled during their freshman year, but has continued to maintain progress toward a degree


17) The Richard Wayne Simmons Scholarship honors Richard Simmons’ untiring advocacy for the Department of
     Geography. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. be an undergraduate geography major
   2. have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in their major
   3. be a junior or senior
   4. have started school later in life or returned to school after some time away


18) The Spirit of Geography Scholarship honors the memory of those who lost their lives on September 11,
      2001 in an airplane that was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. One scholarship is awarded each
      spring pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant criteria:
   1. one high school student who best represents the “Spirit of Geography” will be selected from the annual
       Texas State Department of Geography Summer Geography Academy for Minority Students
   2. the selected student must agree in writing to attend Texas State as a geography major
   3. if neither of these criteria are met, then the Texas State Geography Department has the discretion of either
       not awarding the scholarship or making exceptions to the criteria and awarding a deserving minority student
       who is currently a Texas State Geography pre-major or major
   4. be enrolled for 12 hours.


19) The Spirit of Geography Urban Planning Alumni Scholarship honors the collective success of urban planning
      alumni of the Geography Department, their contributions to the field and dedication to furthering the profession for
      future generations. One scholarship awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. be an undergraduate major in Urban and Regional Planning
   2. possess a 3.0 Texas State GPA and a 3.0 Geography Department GPA
   3. be classified as a Junior or Senior following completion of the Spring semester for which the scholarship is awarded
   4. be an active member of the American Planning Association (APA) and/or the Congress for the
       New Urbanism (CNU), with special consideration given to members of both organizations
   5. be committed to an internship at an approved employer
   6. submit a 500-word essay demonstrating an understanding of the importance of urban planning in Central Texas and
       a record of civic engagement & volunteerism


20) The Phillip A. Staskus Undergraduate Geography Scholarship honors Phillip A. Staskus’ extraordinary
     devotion to his wife and children. One scholarship awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied
     to the following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. be a geography major
   2. be a junior or senior
   3. have successfully completed 15 semester hours of geography course work
   4. have an overall GPA of 2.75 or above
   5. write a two-page double-spaced essay stating how the student plans to use her/his geography degree


21) The Taetz Family Geography Scholarship honors the Taetz family and the positive impact that diverse
     geography has had on their lives. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding.

Applicant must:
   1. be an undergraduate geography major
   2. have successfully completed at least 30 hours at Texas State University
   3. have a GPA of 2.75 or higher
   4. be in need of financial aid for the applicable spring semester
   5. write a two-page, double-spaced essay on what the student plans to do with his/her degree in geography


22) The Jim Wacker Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of the University’s legendary football coach
     and athletic director, Jim Wacker (1936-2003), and his commitment to class, integrity and academic success.
     One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
   1. be an undergraduate geography major
   2. have a 2.75 GPA or higher