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Geography Scholarships

​​​​If you're like most students, scholarships will provide an important part of your financial aid package.

The CMU Department of Geography offers a number of scholarships – based on need, academic focus, career aspirations and other specific criteria – for incoming freshman, transfer students and continuing students.

In addition, click here to learn more about scholarships available for all CMU students.

Department Scholarships

Application: Please contact the Department of Geography for information about application requirements and procedures for scholarships.


The Norma and Howard Richardson Endowment for Undergraduate Student Trave
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The Richardson Fund is established by Norma Richardson and Michael Libbee in memory of the late Dr. Howard Richardson, Professor Emeritus, to help students explore places and cultures outside of Michigan

The Richardson Endowment will support travel for students with majors or minors in geography or social studies with a geography concentration.  Travel can include support for international travel, geography groups to attend national meetings, and student teaching experiences outside of Michigan.


The CMU Endowment for K-12 Geography and Environmental Education Outreach

CMU K-12 GEO Fund is established to support workshops, publications, and projects aimed at enhancing teaching of geography and environmental education in K-12 schools.  It is established by Phil and Carol Gersmehl, Marty and John Mater, and Michael Libbee and Kristin Sheridan.

The endowment will support CMU geography educators, Michigan Geographic Alliance Teacher Consultants and Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support Consultants and other professionals to provide geography and environmental education workshops and products for Michigan teachers.


Hugh Calkins Endowed Scholarship


Established in 2002 by the estate of Hugh H. Calkins, '33. Proceeds from the endowment will be awarded to a student who plans to pursue a career in the geographic information sciences. The recipient must be enrolled in the College of Science and Technology, with a signed geography major, a concentration in geographic information sciences, and have a minimum GPA of 3.25 in geography courses and a 3.25 GPA overall.


C.W. Olmstead Award in Geography

Established in 1992 by Clarence W. Olmstead, '37. Income from the endowment will support a renewable award for a sophomore or higher with a signed major in geography. Recipient must have completed or be currently enrolled in GEO 105 or its equivalent (GEO 120, GEO 121, and GEO 203), and also completed three additional courses towards the major at or above the 300 level. Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their major and a minimum overall GPA of 3.5. Recipient must submit an application and cover letter as requested by the Department of Geography.


Charles Warren and Denzil Slentz Thornthwaite Scholarship

Established in 1962 as the Denzil Slentz Thornthwaite Memorial Fund by C. Warren Thornthwaite in honor of his wife. Their daughters later made the scholarship a memorial to their parents, both of whom were alumni. The recipient is a student who plans to pursue a career in geography. The scholarship is available to juniors or seniors majoring in geography with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a 2.75 GPA overall with demonstrated financial need.​​

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