- The purpose of the award is to encourage those who have an exceptional interest in pursuing scientific research or education in geospatial science or technology or land information systems/records to enter a professional field where they can use the knowledge of this discipline to excel in their profession.
- The Scholarship is made to an under-graduate student currently enrolled or intending to enroll in a college or university in the United States for the purpose of pursuing a program of study that prepares him/her to enter a profession in which education in geospatial science or land information disciplines will advance the value of those disciplines within that profession.
- The award consists of a certificate and a check in the amount of $2,000 and a one year student membership (new or renewal) in the Society.
- Funds from the ILI have been donated to the ASPRS Foundation to support the John O. Behrens ILI memorial Scholarship in recognition of Mr. Behrens' outstanding contributions over the many years of his distinguished career
A student or prospective student who wishes to be considered for the award must submit an application form and the following items:
- A listing of courses taken in land information, data management and geospatial information and technology and the academic grades received.
- A transcript of all college or university level courses completed and grades received to demonstrate scholastic ability. If the applicant is a prospective enrollee in a college or university program, prior high school and post high school transcripts are required.
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or professionals having knowledge of the applicant’s capabilities (demonstrated or potential) as a professional in a field that uses land information.
- Papers, research reports, or other items produced by the applicant that may support the capabilities in this field.
- A statement of work experience that may include internships, other forms of work experience, or special projects that demonstrates excellence in geospatial science, technology, land information systems/records research, and/or in communications and collaboration. The statement should include the nature, location and date(s) of the experience.
- A statement, not to exceed 2 pages, detailing the applicant’s plans for continuing studies towards becoming a professional in a field that uses land and/or geospatial information as a key part of its performance.
- The Committee evaluates each application, applying equal weight to each of the items listed above. The applicant who, in the opinion of the majority of the Committee, has the highest overall ranking is designated as the winner.