The Los Angeles Geographical Society awards Scholarships each year to students who
are outstanding Geography majors at local colleges and universities. Awards are
given to both Community College students and Upper Division students at Universities.
The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage talented students to continue
their training and studies in Geography and to foster interest in Geography.
The two types of Scholarships memorialize past individuals who volunteered extensive
exemplary service to the Los Angeles Geographical Society and after whom the two
major Scholarship funds remain formally named. Community College students have been
awarded Scholarships in memory of the late Tom McKnight and Joan Clemons, past Professors
of Geography respectively at UCLA and Los Angeles Valley College and major donors
to Scholarships, which continues through their estate. Upper Division students
at Universities have been awarded Scholarships in memory of the late Richard Logan,
who was a Professor of Geography at UCLA and led numerous local field trips for the
Los Angeles Geographical Society.
A limited number of merit-based $500 Scholarships are awarded to Geography majors
at Community Colleges and in Upper Division at Universities south of the 36th parallel
in California. As merit-based Scholarships, financial need is NOT a consideration.
APPLICATION DEADLINE is the First Friday of April.
Minimum Qualification Criteria:
• Community College students: 3.0 Overall GPA + 3.5 Geography GPA; Must have completed
2 Geography courses.
Must have completed 5 Upper Division Geography courses.
Additional subjective criteria may be considered by the Scholarship Criteria for
awarding student Scholarships. Interested students must submit the following documents:
Completed Application (please use the appropriate form) - Current Official or Unofficial
Transcripts - Faculty Recommendation Letter - Personal Written Statement (interest
in Geography & career) (currently "A typed 8½ x 11 page personal statement")
must be received by the close of business on the first Friday of April each year.
Award recipients are notified by the end of April and are presented with their awards
at the regular meeting in May.
For more information contact Vice President Cesar Espinosa
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