USGIF Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipients

$101,000 Presented to Students Pursuing Geospatial Sciences

Herndon, Virginia, Oct 2, 2014 —The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) presented scholarships to 22 students as part of its 2014 USGIF Scholarship Program. The program furthers the advancement of the GEOINT tradecraft by granting scholarship awards to promising students pursuing a degree in the geospatial sciences or a related field. In total, USGIF has awarded $792,000 in scholarship funds since the program began in 2004.

This year, the Foundation granted scholarships to five Ph.D. candidates, seven graduate students, seven undergraduates, and three graduating high school seniors. Each undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate awardee receives $5,000, while high school seniors receive $2,000 toward their education.

“I am proud that the GEOINT Community continues to support USGIF and our scholarship program, and allows us to award these deserving students with scholarships,” said USGIF Director of Academic Programs Dr. R. Maxwell Baber. “The USGIF Scholarship Program annually awards more than $100,000 each year, and this helps ensure the Community will always have a healthy workforce with strong spatial reasoning abilities and highly developed skills in geospatial sciences and technology.”

All scholarship recipients were selected by USGIF’s Scholarship Subcommittee, which evaluated applicants based on academic and professional excellence.

The 2014 USGIF scholarship recipients are:


Tanya Catignani, George Mason University

Katie A. Corcoran, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Jason Z. Edwards, University of Wyoming

David Shean, University of Washington

Amanda Ziemann, Rochester Institute of Technology


Julie Baer, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Sean Dolan, George Mason University

Nouman Hussain, Penn State University

Seth W. LeMaster, Penn State University

Megan M. G. Miller, Purdue University

W. Gabe Powell, University of Mississippi

Alexander Tedeschi, New University of Lisbon


Xhulio Binjaku, University of Florida

Tiffany Huff, Texas Christian University

Anna Kalinowski, University of Missouri

Erik Mueller, University of Missouri

Travis Stevens, Virginia Tech

Everleigh Stokes, Penn State University

Matthew Vaughan, Virginia Tech

Graduating High School Seniors

Scott Constantine, Pope John Paul II High School, Boca Raton, Fla.; now attending University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Jed Dale, Babylon High School, Babylon, N.Y.; now attending University of Pennsylvania

Shareef Hussam, Westfield High School, Chantilly, Va.; now attending Cornell University


USGIF is a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger GEOINT Community with government, industry, academia, professional organizations, and individuals who develop and apply geospatial intelligence to address national security challenges. USGIF’s mission is to build the community, advance the tradecraft, and accelerate innovation.

For more information, please visit and follow USGIF on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Kristin Quinn
Publications & Communications Manager
United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
703-793-0109, ext. 115
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