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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 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 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)