Tele Atlas/ESRI EdUC Scholarship Program Announces 2008 Recipients

Lebanon, NH and Redlands, CA, — July 29, 2008 — Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions, and ESRI, the world’s leading geographic information systems (GIS) software company, today named the recipients of the 2008 ESRI Education User Conference (EdUC) Scholarship Program. For the sixth year in a row, Tele Atlas and ESRI have teamed up to provide five educators from the United States with a trip to the annual event, which includes travel costs and complimentary admission to the conference, to be held in San Diego, California, August 2–5, 2008.

EdUC is designed to help educators deliver the latest technological advancements to students by teaching attendees everything they need to know to start or grow geographic information system (GIS) activities and programs. As geographic technology increasingly becomes part of schools’ curriculum, this year’s conference is designed to help attendees explore the power of spatial thinking. The educators selected as 2008 scholarship recipients span all levels of education from grade school to university and include:

  • Megan Caudill of Wilkesboro , North Carolina , a teacher in a rural community who wants her students to learn from and have fun with GIS;
  • Robert Jones of Hannibal , New York , an educator who is developing a K-12 geospatial curriculum;
  • Rakesh Malhotra of Durham, North Carolina, an instructor who teaches GIS both in the classroom and in workshops at North Carolina Central University;
  • Cynthia May of Ashland, Wisconsin, a college professor at Northland College who teaches all GIS-related courses and is training a research specialist to use ArcGIS; and
  • G. Salim Mohammed of Honolulu , Hawaii , an educator who heads the library effort to expand geospatial services at the University of Hawaii .

These EdUC Scholarship Program recipients are each involved in developing GIS courses, integrating GIS into a variety of curriculum and projects, and helping students and teachers experience the insight that GIS brings to the educational setting.

For more information about the ESRI EdUC, please visit

About Tele Atlas

Tele Atlas delivers the digital maps and dynamic content that power many of the world’s most essential navigation and location-based services (LBS). Through a combination of its own products and partnerships, Tele Atlas offers map coverage of more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company was founded in 1984 and has approximately 2,500 full-time staff and contract cartographers at offices in 24 countries. Today, Tele Atlas maps are developed with the insight of a community of millions of GPS system users worldwide, who are adding to the company’s unmatched network of sources to track and validate changes in real time, and deliver the best digital maps and dynamic content. For more information, visit Tele Atlas is a subsidiary of TomTom N.V.

About ESRI

Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States , most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit ESRI at


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