3 scholarships offered within GES:

1) each fall, the general scholarship is offered based on an application statement and overall GPA;

2) each spring, the research scholarship is available to those students also applying for the UROP for financial assistance in conducting a research project

3) Woolpert offers an undergraduate scholaship, awarded on a year-by-year basis 


CONGRATULATIONS to the recipients of the Fall 2018 Rodgers Scholarship award!

Sarah Zimmerman
Mathea Kamin
Ryan Brady
Duncan Edgington
Rebecca Friend



Woolpert Undergraduate Scholarship
  • One - $2,000 per year scholarship, awarded annually, on a year by year basis
    • Eligible Students:
      • Must be enrolled in Geography BA Degree -OR- GIS Certificate
        • Must have a 3.0 GPA in those fields
      • Must have completed at least 9 Credit Hours of Upper Level Classes (classes that are 4000 or 5000 level)
      • Must be enrolled in school for the awarded and disbursed semester
        • Graduating Seniors are not eligible for this scholarship
      • Submit resumes with application

Application Question: In 5 sentences or less, tell us how this scholarship will help you attain your goals.

Applications due Monday, April 2nd. Awards will be distributed in Fall 2018.

Submit Application Materials to GES@ucdenver.edu

Learn more about Woolpert 


2019 Rodgers Undergraduate Geography Major Research Opportunity Scholarship

The Rodgers Undergraduate Geography Major Research Opportunity Scholarship is designed to cover field and/or research expenses and travel for research and conferences for Geography Major Undergraduates who undertake scholarly research in collaboration with a Geography faculty member. Students will be expected to gain experience presenting project results at the CU Denver Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS – usually in April) and/or at the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (usually in late Sept/early Oct), and/or other professional meetings of relevance.

Education was always important to William Rodgers. So important, in fact, that he took an unusual path to join the ranks of academia. "My husband retired from the Army at the age of 55 and thought, 'What to do?" said his widow, Mrs. Rodgers. At an age when most people consider winding down their careers, Mr. Rodgers began a new one. He enrolled at the University of Arizona for a master's in geography (he earned a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Washington prior to joining the Army). Soon after he received his post-graduate degree, Mr. Rodgers accepted a teaching position in UC Denver's Geography Department, a post he held until 1973 when he retired as Professor Emeritus in geography. He emerged from retirement on occasion, however, to lecture in the department. In honor of her late husband and his passion for geography, Mrs. Rodgers established the William M. Rodgers Fund at UC Denver. Created with an initial cash gift, the fund will support scholarships for undergraduates studying geography, a subject for which Mrs. Rodgers shares her husband's enthusiasm.

Research Scholarship Applications


  • CU Denver geography undergraduate major working toward a baccalaureate degree in geography
  • The requirements are: minimum of 15 semester hours of completed course work with a cumulative CU grade point average ≥ 3.0
  • Students graduating in August, 2018 may participate as the sole principal investigator, but may not serve as the principal investigator of a team project involving multiple students
  • Students are expected to work with their faculty advisor to submit a UROP application or an equivalent funding source in conjunction with this application to leverage the funds. The student is not required to obtain the UROP; the only requirement is to submit an application. 
  • Though not required, the application would ideally link to a departmental honor’s thesis, or an independent study.

Application Requirements

The student principal investigator is responsible for submitting the complete application. Applications submitted without the required faculty mentor’s support letter are incomplete. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please include the following in the application:

  1. Contact information (for all on application): name, student ID, email address
  2. Project Title
  3. Project Objectives, Introduction & Background, Project Description, Works Cited, Timeline (two pages maximum).
  4. Proposed Budget with Justification
  5. Unofficial Transcript
  6. Name of faculty advisor with brief letter of support.


Funds for projects involving human subjects, animal care and/or risk cannot be distributed until Animal Care, Human Subjects, has obtained a waiver or approval from the University of Colorado Denver Human Subjects Research Committee, the Risk Management Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and/or CU Denver Risk Management.


Approximately 2-3 scholarships are awarded each spring semester. Projects may begin as early as April in the current academic year. Awards are limited to $750 per individual student project and up to $1500 for a student- developed team project, with each student limited to $750. Awards will be distributed through GES.

Allowable expenses for proposals include student travel, materials, supplies, and/or a stipend for the time needed to conduct the research (preference is given for travel and research expenses). All expenses must be identified in the Application with Budget Description Detail. Funds requested for travel and/or student stipends must be clearly justified in the budget narrative. Travel to the GP/RM AAG need not be included as this is funded for students through other mechanisms.

Deadline: The complete application is due by Friday, March 1, 2019, no later than 5:00pm. These should be submitted digitally as a single .pdf with the subject line “Rodgers Research” to GES@ucdenver.edu


The Rodgers Research Opportunity Scholarship is designed to provide the flexibility needed to meet diverse educational needs of undergraduate students from GES. Selection criteria include: quality of proposed project, student learning potential, faculty collaboration and mentoring, budget justification, academic record, project potential for presentations and published papers, and overall writing ability (including organization, grammar, and spelling).

  • Quality of Proposed Research/Creative Work - problem definition, background, objectives, methodology, writing, reasonable timeframe
  • Bibliography - evidence of previous work that supports this project, references
  • Budget Details and Justification - budget details, justification to attain goals, budget feasibility
  • Student Learning Potential - original and creative contribution, significant learning experience, conference, results presentation, paper, etc.
  • Faculty Collaboration and Mentoring - extent of collaboration and mentoring, ongoing collaboration, student support
  • Academic Record – PI’s (and Co-PIs’) academic background, transcript evaluation, relevant coursework, GPA, etc.

Fall 2019 Rodgers Undergraduate Geography Major General Scholarship

Application Requirements

  • One to two-page application letter that discusses the candidate's qualifications and future aspirations.
  • The name and email address of two references. At least one reference must be faculty in the Geography & Environmental Sciences department from whom applicant has had at least one Geography class.
  • Unofficial CU Denver transcript.
  • Please include contact information (e-mail and mailing address).
  • Please send completed applications as one (consolidated) PDF document to GES@ucdenver.edu with the subject line “Rodgers Scholarship”.
  • Only electronic applications are accepted.


  • Only Junior or Senior Geography majors are eligible for this scholarship.
  • 3.0 GPA overall.
  • Previous winners not eligible.


Depending upon quality of applications, several scholarships of up to $1,000 each will be awarded. Awardees will be notified by e-mail.

Fall 2019 Deadline: TBA

These should be submitted digitally as a single .pdf with the subject line “Rodgers Scholarship” to GES@ucdenver.edu