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 / Brock Brown Scholarship
was created to encourage outstanding students at Texas State University to enter the geography and social studies public education field and to provide financial support during the student teaching semester.  This scholarship is named for Peggy Clay, a retired teacher and former Teacher in Residence at National Geographic Society, and Brock Brown, retired Texas State geography professor and former Director or Geography Education Institutes at National Geographic Society.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship:
1.   Three types of pre-service teachers are eligible:
     A.  Texas State University undergraduate geography majors or minors seeking secondary social studies or geography teacher certification;
     B.  Texas State University undergraduate or graduate students seeking elementary teacher certification with a geography concentration;
     C.  Texas State University Geography B.A. or BS. Graduates returning for post-baccalaureate secondary certification in geography or social studies and
2.  Have a minimum cumulative Texas State University GPA of at least 3.0.


2) The Richard A. Earl Gamma Theta Upsilon Geography (GTU) 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 2016)
    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 Zach A. Howard and Kristin A. Scholer Scholarship
    was established to support 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 declared an undergraduate or graduate Geography major
     2. possess a 2.75 Texas State GPA
     3. be enrolled full time in the Fall semester
     4. submit an essay (maximum 1 page) on how the award will help him / her
         achieve their degree in Geography and how he / she want to apply their
         education to his / her career


5) 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.

Applicant 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 300 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
 


6.) 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 persons from underrepresented groups.  One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

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 (GPA) 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


7) 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


8) 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 professional 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 3434, 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


9) 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


10) 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 (see criterion #3)
  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)