2024 Dr. Pete Magee Memorial Scholarship

GIS Colorado is proud to announce the Dr. Pete Magee Memorial Scholarship, honoring the legacy of Dr. Pete Magee. This year, we will award four scholarships to students demonstrating academic excellence in geospatial technologies, which include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and related disciplines. These scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in accredited two-year or four-year colleges or universities in Colorado.

In addition to the monetary award, all scholarship recipients will receive a one-year membership to GIS Colorado. Furthermore, those who choose to present their winning projects at the GIS in the Rockies conference, whether as a poster or a presentation, will also have their registration fee covered by GIS Colorado.

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2023 GIS Colorado Scholarships:

  • Two undergraduate scholarships:
    1st place: $1,500
    2nd place: $500
  • Two graduate scholarships:
    1st place: $1,500
    2nd place: $500


Undergraduate scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in the application of geospatial tools, and are intended to support student learning and experience with geospatial technologies and tools. Graduate awards are designed to support application of GIS knowledge and expertise to independent and original research. Undergraduate or graduate level status will be based on the student’s highest level of completed education. The final decision of this status is up to the Scholarship Committee and the Board of GIS Colorado.

Students must be attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college/university, or graduate school, located in Colorado, either as a resident or as an online student. To receive scholarship funds, winners must be confirmed as a full-time or part-time enrolled student during the fall semester.

How to Apply

The 2024 GIS Colorado Scholarship program is Now Open. Please submit all applications by July 15th, 2024.

  • A completed online application form.
  • Transcript: must include current grade point average (GPA), unofficial copies acceptable. PDF format. File name: [LastName]_[FirstInitial]_Transcript.pdf.
  • Graphic: a single “graphic” (map, web map, poster, diagram, screenshot) that tells the story of your project. The graphic must be your own indivdual (not group) work but may represent data from other sources. Please submit work that demonstrates an ability or interest in GIS. PDF format. If submitting a web map or website, please submit a page with a link. File name: [LastName]_[FirstInitial]_Graphic.pdf.
  • Option 1: one letter of recommendation from a professor/teacher and one resume (PDF format, file name: [LastName]_[FirstInitial]_Resume.pdf).
    Option 2: two letters of recommendation. PDF format. Letters must be submitted by the letter’s author.
  • References submitted by authors using the form below.

After completing your application, please have your references submit their letters through the online form.

Mapping Contest

If you apply for the Scholarship, please check out our  Mapping Contest. All students eligible to apply for the Scholarship are eligible to enter the Mapping Contest, and you can use the same map and essay as you submitted for the Scholarship.


Please email  scholarship@giscolorado.org.