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 2016-17 essay topic will be announced in Fall 2016. 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.


Previous Recipients:

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