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Department Awards

The Department provides the following scholarships and awards to outstanding undergraduate and graduate majors. The faculty selects scholarship and award winners each spring semester after reviewing applications from students for these scholarships and awards. 

For those scholarships requiring application, please access the applications through the Centralized Academic Scholarship Hub (CASH) at ou.edu/scholarships. The deadline is February 1, 2017, for all 2017-2018 scholarships.



Clyde F. Bollinger Award

The Clyde F. Bollinger Award is given to a graduating senior who has shown an enthusiasm for the discipline and has exhibited exceptional involvement with the department.  The award is made in the spring semester in the amount of $500.00.


Aondover Tarhule, Jeffrey Widener,Berrien Moore III
Aondover Tarhule, Jeffrey Widener,Berrien Moore III

John Michael Caldwell Memorial Teaching Award

The John Michael Caldwell Memorial Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teaching by teaching assistants.  Awards are made in the spring semester in the amount of $500.00 per award recipient.


Aondover Tarhule, Keana Dixon, Berrien Moore III, James C. Davis
Aondover Tarhule, Keana Dixon, Berrien Moore III, James C. Davis

James C. Davis Geography Early Scholar Award

The James C. Davis Geography Early Scholar Award is given to an undergraduate student who has exhibited acedemic talent during his or her freshman, sophomore or junior year.  Preference is given to residents of Oklahoma and students exhibiting financial need. The award is made in the spring semester in the amount of $500.00.


Aondover Tarhule,  Gary Gress, Reagan Metz, Berrien Moore III
Aondover Tarhule, Gary Gress, Reagan Metz, Berrien Moore III

The Gress Family Undergraduate Geography Scholarship

The Gress Family Geography Scholarship is made possible by a generous donation by Gary and Wanda Gress of Norman.  The awardee is a student who is an active contributor to the department via academic endeavors, service(s), projects, research or other meaningful departmental activities.  The award is made in the spring semester in the amount of $500.00.


Aondover Tarhule, Matthew McNair, Berrien Moore III
Aondover Tarhule, Matthew McNair, Berrien Moore III

Richard L. Nostrand Scholarship

The Richard L. Nostrand Scholarship recognizes outstanding graduate student research in cultural and historical geography.  The award is made in the spring semester in the amount of $500.00.



The Vernon & Sandra Nutter Scholarship

May be awarded to a full-time, regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability.  Eligibility of candidates is based on progress toward earning a degree, and a GPA  of 3.75 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale.  Applications will be reviewed based on academic performance, an essay written by the candidate and letters of recommendation by persons familiar with the candidates' academic work.  Awards are made in the spring semester.


Aondover Tarhule, Lara McCllen, Berrien Moore III
Aondover Tarhule, Lara McCllen, Berrien Moore III

Ralph and Margaret Olson Scholarships

The Ralph and Margaret Olson Scholarships are awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Undergraduate awardees must be junior or senior geography majors with one or more semesters remaining. Graduate winners must have completed at least one academic year of graduate work at OU with one or more semesters remaining.  Candidates are identified on the basis of academic achievement, intellectual ability, financial need, and literary and speaking skills.  Awards are made in the spring semester in the amount of $500.00.


Aondover Tarhule, Becca Castleberry, Berrien Moore III
Aondover Tarhule, Becca Castleberry, Berrien Moore III

Pugh Pioneer Family Scholarship

The Pugh Pioneer Family Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate geography major with an outstanding academic record.  Preference is given to residents of Oklahoma. The award is made in the spring semester in the amount of $500.00.



South Central Climate Science Center Scholarship

The South Central Climate Science Center Scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students in any major within the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. 

Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Preference will be given to students demonstrating a financial need.  The award is $1,000 and will be announced in the spring semester.


Aondover Tarhule, Jeff Widener, Berrien Moore III
Aondover Tarhule, Jeff Widener, Berrien Moore III

Charles Standley Memorial Award

The Charles Standley Memorial Award is presented to recognize an outstanding publication by a graduate student.  The award is made in the spring semester in the amount of $500.00.



Bheru and Lila Sukhwal Scholarship

The Bheru and Lila Sukhwal Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student who produces outstanding work in the area of political geography.  The award is made in the spring semester in the amount of $500.00.



Stephen M. Sutherland Fund

The Stephen M. Sutherland Fund supports travel expenses and other research by students in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. Funds are available to all majors within the department.  Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Aondover Tarhule, Chair (atarhule@ou.edu).



DGES Chair's Award for Outstanding Capstone Project

The Chair's Award for Outstanding Capstone Project is awarded near the end of the spring semester to the student or team with the capstone project judged outstanding by the department's faculty.  The award amount is $500.00.