Scholarships, Awards and Assistantships

The Harold W. Bockemuehl Scholarship is awarded yearly to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student pursuing the Cartography & GIS Option. 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 five Graduate Teaching Assistantships. The salary for the academic year is $9,000.00 and includes a tuition fee waiver. The fee waiver does not include other mandatory fees charged by the university, typically in excess of $2,000.00. 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 these scholarships, awards, and assistantships are chosen by the Geography Faculty and awarded during the Spring Semester.

The Hans Zuuring and Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP) GIS Scholarship at The University of Montana is companion to the MAGIP GIS Scholarship awarded by the Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (http://www.magip.org). The selection process is coordinated through a GIS Scholarship Committee consisting of the UM Steering Committee for the Certificate in GIS Sciences and Technologies, and one other faculty or industry representative. Each year a one thousand dollar ($1,000) award shall be made to a recipient selected by the GIS Scholarship Committee. The recipient must be a first-year graduate student in good standing, may be in any discipline, and must be working on a project that uses GIS as part of their thesis or dissertation research. Financial need may be used as a secondary criterion but selection shall be weighted more heavily on the strength of the thesis research and proposal. An individual may receive the award one time only.

Notification and Payment: Awards will be announced on or before May 1st. Based on the decision by the selection committee, the chair of the Scholarship Committee will write a letter to the scholarship recipient indicating that the individual has been selected and encourage the recipient to present the results of their work to the geographic information system sciences and technologies professional community in Montana. The scholarship shall be awarded each March for the following summer, fall, and\or spring semester. The award may be applied to tuition, fees, books, and or supplies.

If you will be an undergraduate student or a first-year graduate student at a Montana College or University, and are doing a GIS project or GIS-related research, you are eligible to receive this $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP).  These grants are offered annually. Please see additional details regarding the MAGIP GIS Scholarship at the MAGIP website (http://www.magip.org).

The MontanaView Remote Sensing Scholarship at the University of Montana is offered through funding courtesy of MontanaView (http://www. montanaview.org).  The selection process is coordinated through a GIS Scholarship Committee consisting of the UM Steering Committee for the Certificate in GIS Sciences and Technologies, and one other faculty or industry representative.  Each year two one thousand dollar ($1,000) awards shall be made to recipients who must be an undergraduate, graduate, or post-baccalaureate student in good standing, may be in any discipline, but must be working on a project that uses remote sensing.  This project must be completed by the end of spring semester 2014.  Preference will go to service-learning projects which benefit an identified organization.  Financial need may be used as a secondary criterion but selection shall be weighted more heavily on the strength of the thesis research and proposal.  An individual may receive the award one time only.

Notification and Payment: Awards will be announced on or before May 1st.  Based upon the decision by the selection committee, the chair of the Scholarship Committee will write a letter to the scholarship recipient indicating that the individual has been selected and ask for a short summary of the project when completed.  The scholarship may be applied to tuition, fees, books, and or supplies.