Grants and Scholarships
MAGIP awards K-12 curriculum grants and college scholarships every year. In 2014 we are offering a $2,000 scholarship to students studying GIS at a Montana college or university and two $1,000 grants to assist K-12 educators to support GIS-related curriculums.
The 2013 scholarship was awarded to Dominique David of Montana State University. She will use a GIS database to record Indigenous science knowledge about the Gallatin Valley headwaters and integrate it with the knowledge of Western Science. Her research proposal is available here.
The 2013 K-12 grants were awarded to the West Yellowstone K-12 Schools and to C.S. Porter Middle School in Missoula. Jo Stevens of the West Yellowstone schools will purchase GPS units to use to teach her students the principles of geo-location and create a collection of geocaches in the area that the Chamber of Commerce will advertise for tourists as an enticement to spend time in the area. Scott Edge of C.S. Porter Middle School will purchase GPS units and use them in a 20-hour geography and geocaching course offered at the school's summer camp for incoming 6th-graders.
The 2012 scholarship was awarded to Mitchell Lee Fyock of the University of Montana. He will utilize and assess two geomorphological mapping systems developed in Europe for use in high mountain environments in the United States.
The 2012 K-12 curriculum grant was awarded to the Chester-Joplin-Inverness School District to support the use of centimeter-grade GPS by the high school architecture design class taught by Gail Shatkus to lay out building and land designs.
The University of Montana and Montana State University offer scholarships based on endowment funds that MAGIP contributed to. For more information, please click on the following links for the MSU Earth Sciences Graduate Scholarship and the UM Zuuring/MAGIP scholarship.