Education Committee

Committee Chair: Robert Ahl  

The Education Committee promotes the exchange of geographic information technology to K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and the public through grants, scholarships, training, and mentoring.  The primary ongoing task of the committee is to administer MAGIP’s grant and scholarship program.

Please send an email to magip.mt+educ@gmail.com if you want to contact the Education Committee chair with questions, comments, ideas, or if you want to join the committee.


2015 Scholarships and Grants

2015 RedCastle
Resources Inc /
MAGIP Higher Education Scholarship
2015 MAGIP 
Higher Education
 GIS Scholarship

2015 MAGIP Van Shelhamer K-12 
Education Grant


Congratulations to the 2015 Recipients!


Each year MAGIP awards K-12 curriculum grants and college scholarships. In 2015 we awarded:

- Two (2) $1,000 grants to assist K-12 educators to support GIS-related curriculum through the MAGIP Van Shelhamer Memorial K-12 Education Grants.  

- One (1) $2,000 scholarship to undergraduate or first-year graduate students studying GIS at a Montana college or university, and

- $2,000 in scholarship money  through the RedCastle Resources, Inc /MAGIP Higher Education Scholarship


GIS-Pro 2015 /NWGIS 2015 Conference

Are you interested in attending the 2015 GIS-Pro 2015 / NWGIS 2015 Conference, October 18-22, 2015, in Spokane, Washington? Student Volunteer Applications are now being accepted.  Student volunteers will receive complimentary conference registration.  And, students traveling over 50 miles will receive a small travel stipend. Applications are due by September 8, 2015.     


Students in Bigfork High School's "Projects in GIS" class are receiving college credit at Flathead Valley Community College. Please see the Bigfork Eagle article on the program for more information. The school GIS program now has a web page, at http://bhsgis.weebly.com/.

Past Grant and Scholarship Recipients



In 2014 we offered a $2,000 scholarship to undergraduate or first-year graduate students studying GIS at a Montana college or university and two $1,000 grants to assist K-12 educators to support GIS-related curriculums.

The 2014 Higher Education Scholarship was awarded to Loga Fixico of Salish Kootenai College for his proposal to create a habitat suitability model for Camassia quamash (Blue camas). His research proposal is availablehere.

The 2014 Van Shelhamer Memorial Educational Scholarship K-12 Education Grant was awarded to Gail Shatkus, Career and Technology Educator at Chester-Joplin-Inverness Schools, to assist with travel expenses to the Esri Teachers Teaching Teachers Institute (T3G) in Redlands, CA.



The 2013 scholarship was awarded to Dominique David of Montana State University.  She will use a GIS database to record Indigenous science knowledge about the Gallatin Valley headwaters and integrate it with the knowledge of Western Science.  Her research proposal is available here.

The 2013 K-12 grants were awarded to the West Yellowstone K-12 Schools and to C.S. Porter Middle School in Missoula.  Jo Stevens of the West Yellowstone schools will purchase GPS units to use to teach her students the principles of geo-location and create a collection of geocaches in the area that the Chamber of Commerce will advertise for tourists as an enticement to spend time in the area.  Scott Edge of C.S. Porter Middle School will purchase GPS units and use them in a 20-hour geography and geocaching course offered at the school's summer camp for incoming 6th-graders.


The 2012 scholarship was awarded to Mitchell Lee Fyock of the University of Montana.  He will utilize and assess two geomorphological mapping systems developed in Europe for use in high mountain environments in the United States.

The 2012 K-12 curriculum grant was awarded to the Chester-Joplin-Inverness School District to support the use of centimeter-grade GPS by the high school architecture design class taught by Gail Shatkus to lay out building and land designs.

University Scholarships
The University of Montana and Montana State University offer scholarships based on endowment funds that MAGIP contributed to.  For more information, please click on the following links for the MSU Earth Sciences Graduate Scholarship and the UM Zuuring/MAGIP scholarship.

Potential Tasks

The following list of potential tasks and issues was developed at the May 23 meeting and still do not have anyone assigned to work on them. If you are interested in any of these items please select one and volunteer to find out something about it.

  • We need someone to speak at educator's conferences about our grant program.
  • The Montana Office of Public Instruction has curriculum standards for many areas, but none of these include GIS. Meet with the OPI Science Curriculum Specialist, to find out what the process is for working GIS into Montana’s Science Curriculum.
  • School administrators could be GIS users! ESRI will give them free ArcGIS software. We need someone who can get word out to school administrators on how GIS could help them.
  • Find out why we don’t get more scholarship and grant applications. Are the amounts too small? Are we doing everything we should to publicize them?
Committee Meeting Minutes

May 23, 2012

July 12, 2012

October 29, 2012

February 27, 2013

October 1, 2013

July 8, 2014

April 13, 2014

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