Scholarships and Honors

Mary Jo Read Scholarships for Undergraduates

The UWM Department of Geography strives to recognize and support outstanding undergraduate Geography majors through the Mary Jo Read Scholarships for undergraduates, and through awarding Honors in the Major.

Dr. Read received a doctorate in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1942, and was the first woman to do so. She taught geography at UW-Milwaukee from 1940-1965, serving as Department Chair from 1958-1963. Dr. Read (1911–1998) endowed a trust during her lifetime to provide graduate and undergraduate fellowships to outstanding students in Geography. Scholarships are awarded in keeping with her wishes.

Mary Jo Read Scholarship

Every year the Department of Geography recognizes the achievements of undergraduates majoring in Geography with junior or senior standing with the Mary Jo Read Scholarship for undergraduates. The Mary Jo Read Undergraduate Award is intended to support geography undergraduate students of outstanding academic merit during their junior and/or senior year(s) of study.

To be eligible, a student majoring in Geography must have junior or senior standing, and must be enrolled in at least 12 credits of classes during the year the award will be paid out. Applications are due early in spring semester. Here is this year’s call for applicants:

Applications for this scholarship are due February 24, 2017.

Mary Jo Read Travel Scholarships

The Dean of the College of Letters and Science and the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Mary Jo Read Travel Scholarships for geography undergraduate majors. These scholarships provide travel grants to fund capstone travel, research, and professional development experiences.

Eligibility and Categories of Travel Awards

The Mary Jo Read Travel Scholarship competition is open to undergraduate Students majoring in Geography at UW-Milwaukee

Awards are made in two categories:

  • Category 1 – Travel support for professional development experiences, such as presentation of a paper at a major academic conference; or
  • Category 2 – Travel support for course-related research field experiences.

Here is this year’s call for travel scholarship applicants:

Applications for the travel scholarship are due February 24, 2017 (deadline extended from January 20).

Honors in the Major

Geography majors who have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.5 GPA in all courses taken for the major are awarded the distinction ‘Honors in the Major’ when they graduate.

High Honors in the Major

Geography majors who have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.75 GPA in all courses taken for the major are awarded the distinction ‘High Honors in the Major’ when they graduate.