Scholarships, Awards and Assistantships
The Harold W. Bockemuehl Scholarship is awarded yearly to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student pursuing the Cartography & GIS Options. Professor Emeritus Bockemuehl received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in 1967 and 1968, respectively, from Western Washington State College, now Western Washington University, and his Ph.D. degree in 1974 from Massey University in New Zealand. Prior to beginning his academic career, he served for twenty-four years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, chiefly on flying assignments, in the United States, Europe, East Asia and the Near East. Professor Emeritus Bockemuehl taught in the Geography Department from 1971 until 1988. "Bock" was well known as a popular teacher and over the years received several merit awards for outstanding teaching. He conducted student field study tours for an academic quarter to New Zealand providing students with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Kain/McKay Scholarship is awarded yearly to an outstanding Geography undergraduate. The award is given in the form of a credit that is applied to the student's tuition. Ronald S. Kain graduated from The University of Montana in 1922 in Journalism. His wife, Olive McKay, graduated from The University of Montana in 1924 with honors in History. Mr. Kain wanted the scholarship name to reflect and honor his parents, Henry and Fannie Clift Kain, and his wife's parents, Daniel and Jessie McKay, all of whom were Montana pioneers.
The Geography Faculty Award is awarded in the Spring Semester to an outstanding graduating senior. The monetary value of this award is a token sum contributed by members of the Geography Faculty.
The Geography Department has four Graduate Teaching Assistantships. The salary for the academic year is $9,000 and includes a tuition fee waiver. The fee waiver does not include other fees charged by the university. The student will be responsible for approximately $1050.00 in fees each semester-an amount that includes $540.00 for health insurance. Typical duties of a teaching assistant would include responsibility for laboratory sections or discussion groups; assisting students with their work; grading examinations and other assignments; and record-keeping. February 15th is the application deadline for graduate students who wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship.
Recipients of all scholarships, awards, and assistantships and are chosen by the Geography Faculty and awarded during the Spring Semester.