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Graduate-Only Scholarships

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Students can apply for multiple scholarships. Each scholarship application must have a SEPARATE online form completed.

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 George D. Battle Memorial Scholarship Supporting Research in
    Climatology or Coastal Geography

    honors George D. Battle's lifelong commitment to the study of the natural
    environment of Texas. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending
    available funding and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
  1. be a graduate student
  2. be studying climatology or coastal geography
  3. have a 3.0 or higher GPA


2) The Blanchard Family Geography Scholarship 
    was designed to help a student in financial need. One scholarship is
    awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
  1. be a graduate student
  2. have a 3.5 or higher GPA
  3. demonstrate financial need (currently defined as an annual income of
      $15,000/year or less) 
  4. be enrolled in at least nine semester hours


3) The Frank and Ivy Boehm Geography Scholarship for Ph.D. Students
    in Geographic Education

    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


4) 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


5) 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


6) 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
 


7) 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


8) 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


9) The Detlefsen Graduate Field Study Travel Award

· Applicants must:
      1.  be registered as a Master or Ph.D. student in a Texas State’s Geography Department.
      2.  use funds for field and archival research, not for attendance at academic meetings, workshops, training, or language acquisition.
      3.  have a clear field research proposal narrative, proposed budget, c.v. and letter of support from their advisor. Research must be conducted during the dates specified in the proposal.
      4. recipients of previous Field Study Awards are ineligible to apply with the exception that previous winners at the Master’s level may apply for the Ph.D. level award.

· Applicants should submit a single document which includes:
      1.  Fieldwork Proposal Narrative: 3 pages, double spaced, 12pt Times New Roman.
      2.  Proposal Budget: Include transportation costs. Budget capped at $1,500.
      3.  Curriculum Vitae: 2 pages maximum including most relevant information.

An Advisor Letter of Support must be sent by the applicant's Faculty advisor directly to the Scholarship and Awards Committee Chair (Dr. Blue: sblue@txstate.edu).


10) The Detlefsen Masters 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. have completed nine credit hours of graduate work with a GPA of 3.59 or
      higher
  2. have a record of professional activity such as professional presentations
      and student organization participation


11) Shadae Dixon Memorial Geography Scholarship
     honors the memory of Shadae Dixon, a young, vibrant, and talented PhD student who died
     unexpectedly at age 28. It is the intent for the endowment to reach twenty-five thousand dollars
     ($25,000) in five years. If the fund has not reached the endowment level by May 2023, funds will
     be used to provide an annual award per the criteria below until funds are expended.

Applicant must:
    1. be a graduate student in Geography (either Masters or Doctoral) in their first or second year of study
    2. demonstrate excellence in coursework, teaching, and/or research, with a 3.5 GPA or above
    3. preference will be given to students from historically underrepresented groups.


12) The Sandra E. Estaville Dissertation 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.


13) 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.


14) 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


15) The Amita Malwade Graduate Scholarship
      honors Amita Malwade, a young, extremely dedicated and bright teacher
      and scholar, who died unexpectedly at age 35, only two months after
      receiving her doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in 1992.  One
      scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and applied
      to the following fall.

Applicant must:
  1. be a graduate student in human geography; special consideration will be given to students in
      population geography and social geography
  2. show high motivation and academic standards
  3. demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and research


16) The Natural Hazards Scholarship honors Dr. Gilbert F. White for his
    contribution to natural hazards research in geography and for his
    commitment in facilitating future generations of natural hazards geographers.
    One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding, and
    applied to the following fall.

Applicant must:
    1. be a graduate student who has a demonstrated interest in natural hazards
    2. have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
    3. contribute product (e.g., paper, presentation, annotated bibliography) at the
        end of the scholarship period