Geography & Environment Scholarship Applications Due May 10

Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 11:59

**All criteria should be met when you are applying, except for the enrollment requirement that must be met in Fall 2020 in order to receive the award. **

David E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

This award is granted annually to encourage and support the pursuit of a geographic education at SF State for students with a demonstrated interest in environmental justice or urban environmental planning. The award amount is between $1000-$2000 and at least one award (to an undergraduate or graduate student) will be granted.  

Born in Los Angeles, California, on August 12, 1960, David E. Johnson was the fourth of seven siblings.  He attended Manual Arts High School in L.A. and graduated with a B.A. in Geography from San Francisco State University in May, 1986. 

Even as a young man, David was fascinated by transportation and movement systems.  He developed a love for cartography, studying and collecting maps, and jokingly referred to himself as “Map Man.” In his professional life, David was an environmental and transportation planner with over 20 years of experience working on highway, rail and bridge projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He was always concerned about environmental impact and environmental justice.

David’s family has established the David E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship to help support a baccalaureate or graduate student in Geography & Environment at SFSU. 

Scholarship Intent: To encourage and support the pursuit of a geographic education at SF State for students with a demonstrated interest in environmental justice or urban environmental planning. Students active in the African American community are encouraged to apply.
Criteria:
1) Must have completed at least 10 units in Geography or Environmental Science or GISc major at SFSU.
2) Award will be disbursed in fall semester, so applicant must be continuing on and enrolled in fall semester.
Major: Multiple: All degrees within the Department of Geography & Environment
Class Level: Undergrad: Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 2nd BA; Grad: Masters
Enrollment Status: Continuing
Enrollment Requirement for Fall 2020: Undergrad: 6 UNITS; Grad: 4 UNITS (does not apply to those working on thesis)
Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
Citizenship: Any
GPA: SFSU GPA of 3.0 or higher

Apply online through the Academic Works Scholarship System by 11:59pm on 5/10/2020 with the following:

  • Statement of approximately 500 words discussing your interest in environmental justice/urban environmental planning.
  • One or two paragraph statement of financial need.
  • Current unofficial SFSU transcript.

 

Pease Memorial Award

The Pease Award is meant to encourage and support the pursuit of a geographic education at SFSU.  This student award is granted annually to a student actively working towards a degree in Geography/GIS.  The award amount is between $1000-$2000 and at least one award (to an undergraduate or graduate student) will be granted.  

Steven Pease graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles, with a BA. in Geography. A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he was invited to join Phi Beta Kappa, and he won a Four-Year Prize Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he enrolled in the fall of 1969, as well as a summer internship in 1971 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. In addition to pursuing graduate studies, he worked as an announcer and manager for radio station WFMR, Milwaukee and as a substitute broadcast meteorologist for three Milwaukee radio stations.  He also performed intermittently as a concert pianist.

After earning his Ph.D. in Geography, Steve came to San Francisco State University where taught courses in climatology, geographic techniques and remote sensing.  He served as the department’s graduate adviser for five years and supervised numerous M.S. theses. His research focused on the analysis of atmospheric conditions with remote sensing and satellite imagery. After completing a yearlong solar-energy mapping project for the California Energy Commission, he presented the results of that work at the Jet Propulsion Lab at Pasadena, at the Berkeley Lawrence Lab, and in February 1981 at a workshop sponsored by NOAA and the international Solar Energy Society in Washington D.C.

Steve suffered from a fatal allergic reaction to an anti-malaria drug while on sabbatical in southeast Asia in Fall, 1984. His parents and his sister – all geographers themselves -- established the Pease Award to support geographic education at SF State.

  • Criteria:
    1) Must have completed at least 15 units in Geography or GISc major at SF State.
    2) Undergraduates must have a minimum 3.5 GPA in Geography and graduates a minimum 3.5 GPA.
    3) Award will be disbursed in fall semester, so applicant must be continuing on and enrolled in fall semester.
  • Major: Single: Geography (Note: we are working to add Environmental Science majors, but they are not eligible for the Fall 2020 award)
  • Class Level: Undergrad: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduating seniors continuing on to Grad school; Grad: Masters
  • Enrollment Status: Continuing
  • Enrollment Requirement for Fall 2020: Undergrad: HALF-TIME (6 UNITS); Grad: 3 UNITS (does not apply to those working on thesis)
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: Undergrad Geography GPA: 3.5; Grad GPA: 3.5

 Apply online through the Academic Works Scholarship System by 11:59pm on 5/10/2020 with the following:

  • Statement of approximately 500 words discussing your choice of Geography/GISc as a field of study.  This essay might usefully include some indication of your present activities and future plans.
  • Current unofficial SFSU transcript.

 

R. Christopher McGee Scholarship

This award is granted annually to support students in the field of geography and the environment.  The award amount is $3000 and one award (to an undergraduate or graduate student) will be granted.  

Chris was born March 27, 1953, in Port Hueneme, CA. When Chris was two, the family moved to Washington State, and the rest of his childhood was spent in Washington and Arizona. After graduation from high school, Chris enrolled in the Arizona State University architecture program but did not finish. He moved to San Francisco and became a bicycle messenger. After two years, he entered the Cal-Berkeley geography program. There he met Professor James Vance and the Vance family, who became in every sense Chris's second family. He finished his master's and continued to study at Cal. Jean Vance, as much a mentor as her husband, helped him get a job as a lecturer in the Geography Department at San Francisco State University. He worked there his entire career, retiring in 2017.

An SFSU colleague remembers Chris this way: "He always shared his profound knowledge and unique insights that were inspirational to our/my professional and intellectual betterment; he always exhibited genuine kindness and lent timely support to colleagues and students alike; he contributed to the Department in an unassuming but invaluable and sustained fashion for decades through his teaching and advising that converted many impressionable young women and men to geography either as a career path or as a way of thinking, as many of his former students would testify. He was infectious with his humorous and genteel approach to life, and his quiet fortitude toward challenges is truly a model for us all. The void that he left behind after his retirement is hard to fill."

Chris was an extraordinary intellect, who loved studying and reading, gardening and wood-working. He also was an excellent cook, and enjoyed giving unforgettable dinner parties. He was deeply in love with the Bay Area, especially the East Bay. He had many dear friends, including Tiffany Vance and her partner Nazila. He was fortunate to end his life on earth on October 6, 2018, in the place and the Vance family home that he loved.

The family is confident this scholarship will keep his memory alive and celebrate the tremendous impact he had and will continue to have on countless lives by helping to support students who share Chris's passion for geography and the environment.

  • Scholarship Intent: The R. Christopher McGee Scholarship is meant to support students in the field of geography and the environment.
  • Criteria:
    1) Applicants must be enrolled full-time at SF State.
    2) Must be enrolled in a program within the Department of Geography & Environment.
    3) Award will be disbursed in fall semester, so applicant must be continuing on and enrolled in fall semester.
  • Major: Multiple: All degrees within the Department of Geography & Environment
  • Class Level: Undergrad: Any; Grad: Masters
  • Enrollment Status: Any
  • Enrollment Requirement for Fall 2020: Undergrad: 12 UNITS; Grad: 8 UNITS
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: No GPA requirement

Apply online through the Academic Works Scholarship System by 11:59pm on 5/10/2020 with the following:

  • Statement of 400-600 words demonstrating financial need as well as your passion for the field of geography and the environment, and any unusual challenges.
  • Current unofficial SFSU transcript.

 

Robert William Maxwell Scholarship

Maxwell scholarships open to newly admitted and continue grad students and graduating seniors who have been admitted to the graduate program in the College of Science & Engineering.

  • Scholarship Intent: To support graduate students in the College of Science and Engineering (COSE) who demonstrates a need for financial assistance.
  • Criteria: Graduate students working on thesis minimum enrollment to receive scholarship is 3 units.
  • Major: Multiple: All majors in the College of Science and Engineering
  • Class Level: Undergrad: Graduating Senior; Grad: Masters
  • Enrollment Status: Any
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: N/A; Grad: 8 UNITS
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: Grad GPA of 3.2 or higher

Apply online through the Academic Works Scholarship System by 11:59pm on 5/08/2020.