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Tony Gonzales Scholarship Program

AGIC is offering Student Scholarships for 10 free student registrations and lodging to attend the 2019 AGIC Education and Training Symposium.

Tony Gonzales was a valued member of the Arizona GIS community and committed to the advancement of GIS and GIS education throughout the State. His passing in 2001 was a huge loss for the GIS community. Tony Gonzales was a key figure in the development of GIS at the Arizona Department of Transportation. His enthusiasm for his work was exemplified in all that he did, from teaching GIS courses to serving on many advisory committees, including AGIC. In his memory, each year at the AGIC Conference scholarships are awarded to Arizona GIS students whose work best promotes GIS or GIS education in Arizona. Tony suffered from a condition known as neurofibromatosis. More information about NF can be found through the National NF Foundation website at www.nf.org.

The Scholarship

The scholarship includes a full four-day registration, including provided meals*, and a double occupancy room (to be shared with another student) for the nights of October 1-3, 2019 at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center.

Additional Details

  • Each student scholarship winner will be given 5 to 10 minutes to speak in the Student Lightning Talks session on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 2, 2019. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work and/or a little bit about why you choose this field of study. (Potential future employers may be in the audience!)
  • Scholarship applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • Meets the submission eligibility guidelines as outlined below
    • Expressed need for scholarship
      • Describe how it will promote your academic and/or professional pursuits
      • May be based on financial hardship (describe circumstances as basis for financial need)
    • Clearly articulated summary of how geospatial technology integrates into your program of study and future goals
    • Strength of recommendation from program advisor
    • New this year! Show off your cartographic prowess and receive an extra evaluation point added to your scholarship criteria points when you submit a map/poster to the Student Competition - 2019 Maps & Apps Challenge. (must be submitted by 5:00 pm (MST) September 6, 2019. Full details coming soon (please check back!)

Submission Guidelines

To be considered for these awards, students must:

  • be currently enrolled in, or have graduated within the past 6 months from, an undergraduate or graduate program in GIS or related field
  • submit the application before 5 p.m. September 6, 2019
  • have your program advisor provide a reference letter/email to Cheryl Thurman ckthurman@terrasw.com before 5 p.m. September 6, 2019

Students selected will be notified by 5 p.m., September 13, 2019.

To begin the application process, please complete the form below. A one paragraph reference letter or email from your program adviser is also required. Refer to the instructions in the email confirmation you will receive after completing your application.

* The following meals are included:

  • Tuesday, October 1: Continental Breakfast and Lunch Buffet
  • Wednesday, October 2: Continental Breakfast, Plated Lunch, and light hors d'oeuvres served at the Map Gallery Opening
  • Thursday, October 3: Breakfast Buffet, Plated Lunch, and Dinner Buffet
  • Friday, October 4: Breakfast Buffet and Box Lunch


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To complete your application, ask your program advisor to send a one-paragraph email (or letter) of reference to Howard Ward at hlward@terrasw.com.

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