Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

The School of Geography, Development & Environment wants to support its undergraduates, which is why we offer several scholarships and awards. To be eligible for these awards students should have started their final year before October 10 in the fall and March 10 in the spring.  

University of Arizona Awards 

Melvin E. Hecht Award

Awarded to a junior or senior for overall excellence in the School of Geography, Development & Environment, recognizing overall GPA and service to the School or community. The first faculty member who was trained as a geographer to be hired at the University of Arizona, Melvin E. Hecht was a kind and thoughtful man and a dedicated geographer who co-authored The Arizona Atlas and was an enthusiastic scholar of the Southwest. 

John Buttery Award

Awarded for excellence in GIS and/or remote sensing, recognizing performance in related courses and service to the School or community.  This award was established by John Buttery, a University of Arizona graduate who has been a pioneer in the application of GIS software and data. 

SGD Outstanding Regional Development Award

Awarded for excellence in Regional Development, to include overall GPA and performance in related courses and service to the School or community. 

George H. Amos Scholarships

Awarded to juniors or seniors with a keen interest in urban growth and development issues and a declared interest in pursuing a career in the field of real estate, with preference to those who have pursued an internship in the field.  This scholarship is made in honor of George H. Amos, Sr., who served the Tucson Realty and Trust Company and the Tucson community for over 60 years. Applications for this competitive award are available in February. 

Virginia and Mark H. Klafter Memorial Scholarships

Awarded to outstanding continuing juniors or seniors who are studying geography, urban planning, or real estate.  This scholarship was established by the Tucson Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. 

Certificates of Achievement

Recognition to graduating seniors in physical geography, regional development, GIS science, and human geography. 

Travel Grants

Financial support to attend and present at professional conferences, designed to encourage undergraduate participation in regional and national conferences. In 2011 and 2012, SGD students were able to participate in the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers meeting in San Francisco and the Association of American Geographers meetings in New York City. In 2013 students presented at the AAG meeting in Los Angeles.  Both the APCG and the AAG offer their own financial awards to students presenting at the conferences as well as discounts to student volunteers.