The Howard and Ruth Roepke Undergraduate Scholarships
Professor Howard Roepke was a Geography faculty member from 1955-1985, and his estate provided a generous gift to the University of Illinois Foundation to support Geography and GIScience
undergraduate majors. The deadline for Spring 2017 Roepke Scholarships is Friday, February 10th, 2017.
Four different financial awards are available to our undergraduate majors:
Roepke Study Abroad Scholarship
GGIS undergraduate majors who intend to apply for either Study Abroad or Courses Abroad may also apply for a Roepke Study Abroad Scholarship. Opportunities also exist for supplemental funding for unpaid internships; please contact your undergraduate advisor for more information.
Application [fillable PDF]
Freshman and Sophomore GGIS Majors: Roepke Academic Scholarship
Freshmen and sophomore GGIS majors can apply for an academic scholarship of up to $2,000.
Application [fillable PDF]
Junior and Senior GGIS Majors: Roepke Research Opportunity
Junior and Senior GGIS majors can apply for a scholarship of up to $3,000, to aid in conducting research with a GGIS faculty member, based on their research interests.
Application [fillable PDF]
GGIS undergraduate majors have the unique opportunity to work as part of
a faculty member's research team, where they can learn to identify
significant research questions, develop hypotheses, collect primary
data, perform appropriate data analysis though the use of statistical
and mathematical methods, and use Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
technology when needed. As part of a research team, GGIS juniors and
seniors awarded the Roepke Research Opportunity will aid in the
collection and analysis of data, and assist faculty with the writing of
papers and manuscripts.
Research Opportunities may be planned for one or two semesters or
for 2-3 months during the summer. The number of hours a student works
will depend on the student's course load, the nature of the research
project, and the type of work to be performed. Research Opportunities
during the academic year will not exceed 10 hours per week.
Please feel free to explore our faculty's research interests,
and then speak directly a faculty member about their research. Then,
collaborate with the faculty member to write a one page letter to the
Undergraduate Committee describing how your research aligns with the
designated faculty member's research, and outlining the your specific
research duties and goals. This letter should be included in your application.
Research Opportunities do not carry academic
credit; however, credit can be earned if you enroll in GEOG 390/391in a subsequent term, and carry out your own research project based on the Roepke Scholarship experience.
In such cases, a Plan of Study agreement outlining the nature of the
work to be performed, the anticipated end result or product, and the
amount of independent study credit to be earned should be developed and
signed by the faculty member and student. The extent to which the Plan
of Study is fulfilled will serve as the basis for assigning a grade for
GEOG 390 - Plan of Study agreement
GEOG 391 - Plan of Study Agreement
Criteria for Selection
Students must have declared Geography and Geographic
Information Science as their major. Undergraduate Scholarships will be
awarded on a competitive basis. The GGIS Undergraduate Committee,
composed of three GGIS faculty members, will select recipients for these
awards. Criteria for selection will be based on academic performance
and relevance of the required essay. Also, Research Opportunities
requiring specific analytical or technical skills may also limit
selection to qualified students. Financial awards will be deposited
directly into students' accounts.
Examples of Successful Student Research
Dr. Howard Roepke, and recipients of his scholarship have been profiled in our recent alumni newsletters.
- Recent Roepke Study Abroad Scholarship recipients have studied in Austria, Kenya, and New Zealand.
- An Earth, Society and Environment student worked with
Professor Tom Bassett to investigate and map hunger throughout the
world, which contributed to publication of the Atlas of World Hunger (University of Chicago Press, 2010). A Physical Geography student worked with Professor Bruce
Rhoads on the analysis of stream flow characteristics of streams in
Illinois and their influence on flood regimes.
For further information, contact Professor Julie Cidell, or the GGIS Main Office at email@example.com.
General Scholarships Available to Geography Majors
Organization | Scholarship
|American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
|Ta Liang Memorial Award (travel)
|Kenneth J. Osborn Memorial Scholarship
|Abraham Anson Memorial Scholarship
|John O. Behrens ILI Memorial Scholarship
|Francis H. Moffitt Memorial Scholarship
|American Water Resources Association Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship
|Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships
|Cartography and Geographic Information Society Annual Map Design Competition
|Garden Club of America Mary T. Carothers Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
|Evolving Earth Student Grant Program
|Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation Truman Scholars
||up to $15,000
|Illinois Lakes Management Association Robert Esser Student Advancement Scholarship
|Morris and Stewart Udall Foundation
|National Environmental Health Association
|Safari Club International Foundation Two-year and four-year scholarships
|U of I YMCA Fred S. Bailey Scholarship
|Windstar Foundation Windstar Environmental Studies Scholarship
For further information, contact GGIS undergraduate advisor Julie Cidell.