Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, annually
The Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce a national scholarship program for community college students. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students from community colleges, junior colleges, city colleges, or similar two-year educational institutions who will be transferring as geography majors to four year colleges and universities. These scholarships are funded by Darrel Hess, coauthor of the textbook Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation by McKnight and Hess, published by Prentice Hall.
The award consists of a scholarship to be used for any educational expenses in the amount of $1,000 and a formal certificate of merit. The formal announcement of the award will take place at the annual meeting of the AAG.
Eligibility: You are eligible to apply if you are a student currently enrolled at a US community college, junior college, city college, or similar two-year educational institution at the time you submit your application. You must also have completed at least two transfer courses in geography and plan to transfer to a four-year institution as a geography major during the coming academic year.
Criteria: Selection will be based on the overall quality of the application, scholastic excellence and academic promise. Financial need will also be considered. The selection committee will observe the purposes and preferences noted above when evaluating proposals. Two to four awards of $1,000 each will be made annually. Awards may not be made in years when funds are insufficient or proposals are not suitable.
Applicants should arrange for the submission of two Letters of Recommendation from college instructors sent as an email attachment from the instructor’s own email address to firstname.lastname@example.org . If sent as a hard copy, they must be submitted in sealed envelopes with the instructor’s signature across the flap, and mailed to AAG Hess Scholarship, Association of American Geographers, 1710 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20009.
Notification: Acknowledgement of receipt of application materials will be returned within a maximum of 2-3 business days. All applicants will be notified of the status of their submission within 6 months after the deadline. To receive their scholarships, awardees will be asked to submit official documentation of their admission to a 4-year institution along with verification of majoring in geography, such as an official transcript that lists major, or as a letter from the department chair.
Awardees are encouraged, but not required to attend the AAG Annual Meeting following their award to receive a certificate of recognition at the AAG Awards Luncheon.
Applicants may also apply separately for travel support under the AAG Community College Travel Grant Program.
Reports and Acknowledgment: Please acknowledge support to the AAG Hess Scholarship in any presentations and publications.