Guidelines for Geography majors seeking Geography and Sustainable Planning department sponsorship for participation in professional conferences!

It will be limited to $150 for a regional/$450 for a national/ and $750 for an international conference per student per trip per academic year.

Priority will be given to geography majors who have not received the department funding before.

We also encourage you to seek funding from the OURS and other sources of scholarships and grants.

If you are planning to attend and present at a regional, national or international conference related to your professional development as a geography major, our department might be able to provide partial support for your trip.

Please, note that the department financial support is discretional, not guaranteed, and is subject to funding availability. 

It is always a good idea to apply for funding as early as you can.

To apply for Geography and Sustainable Funding discretional conference funding, please, complete the following form and append all required documents. Send your application, including all required attachments to

Geography & Sustainable Planning students can find the link to the application here: Sponsorship for GPY Majors

If you would like to fill out pdf application form online when complete right click on the form and chose Save As. This will save it to your computer and you will be able to attach it to your email with required attachments.

Experience Matters!

A collection of internship and co-op experiences completed by Grand Valley students.

Grand Valley students are doing amazing things through professional experiences outside the classroom. This site gives viewers an inside look at these experiences.

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GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

Click here for more information on scholarships available from the GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

GVSU Office of Sustainability Practices

Click here for more information on Scholarships & Funding through the GVSU Office of Sustainability Practices.

GVSU Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships

Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) Summer Programs

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) is currently encouraging students to consider and apply for one of five summer programs.


The Beckman Scholars Program provides an in-depth, sustained undergraduate research experience for exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students at US colleges and universities. The BSP provides funding and support for a student and mentor to conduct sustained research over two consecutive summers and one academic year of research. The BSP provides significant funding for student research and dissemination. This is a full-time summer opportunity with a 15-month commitment.

The GVSU Library Scholars Program provides students with the opportunity to have an immersive research experience using the library’s resources and collections.  Mentored by a library faculty mentor, the scholar will develop and enhance information literacy skills and an understanding of library studies as a means to engage in a disciplinary, scholarly conversation. This is a half-time summer program. The grant includes student stipend.


The Modified Student Summer Scholars Program (MS3) is geared toward lower division students and first year transfer students. It provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote either about 200 hours over twelve weeks, or 200 hours during the Spring or Summer six-week session to a research and/or creative project. Generally, MS3 grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies. This is a half-time summer program. The grant includes student stipend and student travels funds. Information sessions available.

The Reach Scholars Program prepares inquisitive, highly talented undergraduates to pursue graduate studies and earn PhDs in any discipline. This program provides layers of support through intensive advising, rigorous research, and scholarly engagement in order to prepare students for both the graduate school application process and academic success. REACH Scholars are students whose parents have no four-year college degree (first generation) and come from a lower income background. This is a full-time summer program. The grant includes student stipend and student travels funds.


The Student Summer Scholars Program (S3) provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote about twelve weeks/400 hours to a research and/or creative project during the spring/summer semester. Generally, S3 grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies. The grant includes student stipend and student travels funds. Information sessions available.

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships for Study Abroad

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships support undergraduate (max. $20,000) and graduate students (max. $30,000 ) to study abroad in language-intensive programs in regions critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.

(Western Europe, Canada, Australia & New Zealand are NOT eligible.)

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Indonesian and Swahili. For a full list of countries and languages, please visit

Boren Scholars and Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation in a position with national security responsibilities.

Boren gives preference to applicants who are committed to government service and applying for countries, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security.

African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) Boren Fellowship applicants from any U.S. college or university may apply for the African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI)  to study Akan/Twl, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof or Zulu.

South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) Boren Scholarship applicants from any U.S. college or university may apply for the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI)  to study Hindi or Urdu.    

For more information or to apply for this opportunity, please contact the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships at or 616-331-2699.

GoEco Volunteer Scholarship

GoEco, a leader in the volunteer travel industry, would like to introduce you to our Volunteer Scholarship. This initiative was created with the intention of helping a selection of students who are in need of financial assistance, join one of our volunteering opportunities abroad!

This scholarship includes a flight voucher of up to $1000 USD plus the full program cost, including insurance, for a maximum of 2 weeks.


Here is a link to the website:


Mark Clute Mapping Technologies Scholarship

Apply online at:

DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

This scholarship was established in conjunction with the Michigan Communities Association of Mapping Professionals (MiCAMP), the organization Mark Clute helped to co-found. Mark Clute was a 
pioneer in implementing and promoting the use of geospatial information technologies within county government. He was one of the first visionaries who understood the efficiencies geospatial 
technologies had to offer at this government level and worked tirelessly to integrate it into every day county business use. He was an effective educator and communicator; a charismatic leader who 
was quick to share his time, knowledge, experience and energies with others. While his work in land-based information technology systems was perhaps his greatest achievement, he was also well 
known for his equity in taxation work, including the promotion of Michigan legislation to penalize property owners illegally claiming homestead exemptions. He was an exemplary public servant, 
beloved family man and generous friend, who died at the age of 49. This scholarship is dedicated to honor Mark and give financial assistance to students studying geospatial information technologies, 
following in Mark’s footsteps. This $1,000 per year scholarship is renewable and seeks to benefit college juniors and seniors interested in a career in public sector geospatial information 

Applicant must:
•    be a current sophomore or junior college student
•    have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
•    be attending college in Michigan
•    have an interest in pursuing a career in Mapping Technologies (GIS) within the government sector
•    be pursuing a degree in geography

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