GIS Student Zeroed in on Scholarship

Morgan Lamon '12

Where on Earth is Morgan Lamon ’12?

She’s at the University of Mary Washington studying where on Earth everything else is. In other words, she studies GIS, geographic information science. And, Lamon’s college cost just got a little lighter. She received a $5,000 award from the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Scholarship Program.

“Our volunteer selection board was really impressed by the depth and breadth of our applicant pool this year,” USGIF President Keith Masback wrote on the foundation website. “There are some remarkable young people studying in the [geospatial intelligence] field.”

The “remarkable group” includes Lamon, a geography major who is working toward a GIS certificate. She’s also displaying her talents on the softball field. This spring she was named to the 2011 All-Capital Athletic Conference Softball Team.

USGIF, a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence field, awarded scholarships across the country this year to two high school students, 13 graduate students, and five undergraduates, including Lamon.

“Geospatial intelligence is a new way of looking at and analyzing the world and its problems,” Lamon said. “Winning the scholarship was a huge achievement for me.”