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: 

Awarded in the 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 World 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 the following Fall Semester
  • A 700-1,200 word topical essay, submitted by March 1 each year

The 2015-16 essay topic is The Geography of Culture - Human: Environment Interaction. Please be sure to provide appropriate references using the AAG Style Sheet.

Please visit the submission page to upload your essay entry by March 1, 2016.


Student Cartography Competition:

The SCC will be conducted in unison with Introduction to Cartography in the Fall, however it is open to any UNCP student. 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.

Step 1: Fill out the competition form to enter the Cartography Competition by October 30, 2015,

Step 2: Submit your poster/map by November 13 through the poster submission form,

Step 3: Prepare a short description of your poster to share with the judges, and

Step 4: Present your poster on November 18, 2015 (GIS Day), details will be provided in early November. 

Competition flyers:


Previous Recepents:

Thomas E. and Cheryl E. Ross Scholarship:

  • 2015 - Joseph Sobieski
  • 2014 - Veronica Oquendo
  • 2013 - Victoria Newkirk
  • 2012 - Tara McClurg
  • 2011 - Edwin Laboy
  • 2009 - Jennifer Milling
  • 2008 - Daniel Samples