Geology and Geography

Student Awards

Each year the Department of Geology and Geography bestows several awards to outstanding students. Descriptions of the awards and past recipients are provided below.

Thomas E. and Cheryl E. Ross Scholarship:


Submission page - **Deadline extended AGAIN to March 11** 


Awarded in the late spring each year by the Department of Geology and Geography to a student focusing on Geography (either as a track in the Geo-Environmental Studies major or a Geography minor) or who participates on the UNCP team for the NC Geography Bowl.


  • A minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Completed at least six semester hours of geography courses
  • Must not be graduating in the current semester
  • Recipient must participate in the NC Geography Bowl
  • A 500-1,000 word topical essay, submitted by March 1 each year

The 2014-15 essay topic is The Geography of Climate Change: Physical and Human Impacts. Please be sure to provide appropriate references using the AAG Style Sheet. To submit your your information, including your topical essay, visit the submission page.


*New* Student Cartography Competition:

Conducted in unison with the annual PURC Symposium, this competition recognizes student accomplishments in cartography and geospatial technologies. Students from any major and any year are welcome to submit a map for consideration.

Spring 2015 competition

Step 1: Register and submit your poster/map abstract to the PURC Symposium (Current Deadline March 6)

Step 2: Fill out the competition form to enter the Cartography Competition

Step 3: Submit your poster/map by April 1 per the PURC Symposium guidelines


Step 4: Present your poster on April 8 per the PURC Symposium guidelines 


Previous Recepents:

Thomas E. and Cheryl E. Ross Scholarship:

  • 2014 - Veronica Oquendo
  • 2013 - Victoria Newkirk
  • 2012 - Tara McClurg
  • 2011 - Edwin Laboy
  • 2009 - Jennifer Milling
  • 2008 - Daniel Samples