2023 Scholarships

GIS Colorado is pleased to announce four scholarships were awarded to students exhibiting academic excellence in the following geospatial technologies fields: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), or related disciplines. Scholarships support education and research for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in accredited 2-year or 4-year Colorado colleges or universities.

In addition to the monetary award, all winners received a one year membership to GIS Colorado. Scholarship recipients who chose to present wining projects at GIS in the Rockies (as a poster or presentation) received conference registration fee paid for by GIS Colorado.

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 2023 GIS Colorado Scholarship program is now closed. The 2024 application window is set to open in March 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 (will be published spring 2024).

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.