Undergraduate or Graduate 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 Peggy Steele Clay Outstanding Pre-service Teacher in
    Geography Scholarship
honors Peggy Steele Clay, long time teacher, 
    Teacher in Residence at the National Geographic Society, and coordinator of
    the District of Columbia Geographic Alliance. Clay is one of the most
    exceptional geography teachers in North America and made exemplary
    contributions to improving geography instruction in the classroom. Of
    particular importance has been her ability to inspire and empower teachers
    to overcome obstacles and achieve excellence in instruction. One
    scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding and applied to
    the semester in which the student teaching occurs.

Applicant must:
   1. be a Texas State
       a. undergraduate geography major or minor seeking secondary geography
           or social studies composite certification or
       b. undergraduate seeking elementary certification with a geography
           concentration or
       c. geography BA or BS graduate returning for post-baccalaureate
           secondary certification in geography or social studies
   2. have a minimum Geography GPA of at least 3.0
   3. be a junior or senior
   4. student teach to receive the award


2) The Richard A. Earl Gamma Theta Upsilon Geography Scholarship
    honors Dr. Richard A. Earl for his  dedication and service to students,
    Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), and the Department of Geography. One
    scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied to
    the following fall.

Applicants must:
  1. be an active member of GTU
  2. demonstrate outstanding service to GTU
  3. provide evidence of service to the Department of Geography, Texas State ,
      and the community
  4. have a geography GPA of 3.5 or higher and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher


3) The Four Brothers Scholarship in Geography (not offered in 2011)
    honors four brothers (Armand, Carlo, Cesare, and Vincenzo Stea) who, as
    sons of an immigrant family, made major contributions to painting,
    sculpture, design, and music in the Western Hemisphere throughout the
    20th century. One scholarship is awarded each spring, and applied to the
    following fall.

Applicants can be a graduate or undergraduate student and must:
  1. be a student who has come to the United States from another country
  2. demonstrate financial need
  3. demonstrate academic promise/achievement
  4. be enrolled in at least 9-12 hours 


4) The Jeffries Family Scholarship in Geography honors Donna Rankin
    Jeffries. One scholarship is awarded each fall and/or spring pending available
    funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicants must:
 1. be an undergraduate student in the top 10 % of their high school graduating
     class
 2. be an undergraduate student in the top 30 % of the ACT or SAT scores of
     the University’s entering freshmen class
 3. be an undergraduate student majoring in Geography for at least 2 years
 4. be a graduate student with a 3.5 GPA in graduate and undergraduate
     course work
 5. be a graduate student with a combined 1100 score or above on the GRE
 6. be an undergraduate or graduate student with demonstrated leadership
    abilities
 7. be an undergraduate or graduate student with a record of participation in
    extracurricular activities
 8. be a graduate student majoring in Geography


5.) The Lester / Wahl Family Scholarship honors the James and Ingeborg
     Lester family. The scholarship also honors Angelika Lester Wahl for her
     accomplishments mentoring Texas State students, particularly women
     and person from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must:
    1. be an undergraduate or graduate student attending Texas State full-time
        as a geography major
    2. have a minimum 3.0 overall Grade Point Average (GPA) if an
        undergraduate student or a minimum 3.5
        overall Grade Point Average if a graduate student and
    3. write a 500-word essay discussing either:
        A) demonstration of the recipient's community volunteerism; or
        B) recipient's goal toward an element of geography
    4. preference shall be given to a female student


6) The Military Veteran Geography Award for Excellence honors a military
    veteran Geography student for their commitment and service to the people of
    the United States of America. One scholarship is awarded each spring
    pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicants must:
 1. be a U.S. military veteran from any of the armed services with an honorable
     discharge and a copy of the DD 214 (discharge record)
 2. be a junior or senior Geography major with at least 15 credit hours in
     undergraduate Geography course and with at least a 3.2 GPA in Geography
     and a 2.8 Texas State GPA OR be a graduate Geography major with at
     least 9 credit hours in graduate Geography courses and with a 
     Geography graduate GPA of at least 3.4
 3. have membership and a demonstrated record of service in a student
     organization sponsored by the Geography Department


7) The Joe and Jerry Moore Scholarship honors Joe G. Moore Jr. for his
    outstanding contributions to water resource policy development in Texas and
    the nation, as well as his lifelong commitment to professiona excellence,
    and Jerry Moore for her unwavering support of Joe Moore's vision for the wise
    use of our water resources. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending
    available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicants must:
  1. be an undergraduate or graduate student
  2. have earned a grade of "A" in either GEO 3334, 5334, or 7334
  3. have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  4. provide evidence of service to the department, the community, and the
      State of Texas
  5. demonstrate financial need


8) The Touchstone-Kimmel Scholarship in Geographic Interpretation
    honors the lifelong commitments of Roy H.Touchstone and Ross Kimmel Jr.
    to education. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available
    funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicants must:
  1. be a major in the Department of Geography at Texas State
  2. have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  3. write an essay (four pages maximum) describing the student’s interest in
      geographic interpretation and how the scholarship will help the student
      achieve specific goals


9) The Adriana Samantha Visser Memorial Scholarship honors Adriana
    Samantha Visser, a bright little girl with the courage and fortitude to lovingly
    face an impossible situation. One scholarship is awarded each spring
    pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicants must:
  1. be a female who is either an undergraduate or graduate student in good
      standing as a major or minor in
      geography
  2. be the caregiver of a disabled or handicapped child
  3. if no one is eligible under criterion #2, the scholarship may be awarded to
      the caregiver of one or more dependent children
  4. if more than one applicant is eligible under the first two criteria (or criteria 1
      and 3), undergraduate students
      take precedence over graduate students
  5. if there are 2 qualified undergraduate applicants (or 2 graduate applicants),
      the scholarship is awarded to the student with the highest scholastic
      achievement (i.e. highest grades, etc. not necessarily the most senior
      student)