Abraham Anson Memorial Scholarship


  • The purpose of this award is to encourage students who have an exceptional interest in pursuing scientific research or education in geospatial science or technology related to photogrammetry remote sensing surveying and mapping to enter a professional field where they can use the knowledge of their discipline to excel in their profession.


  • The award is made to an undergraduate 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 to enter a profession in which education in photogrammetry remote sensing surveying and mapping and geospatial science or technology disciplines will advance the value of those disciplines within that profession.


  • The award consists of a certificate a check in the amount of $2,000 and a one-year student membership (new or renewal) in the society.
  • This award is presented by the ASPRS Foundation from funds donated by the Anson bequest and contributions from the Society and the Potomac Region as a tribute to Abe Anson’s many contributions to the field of photogrammetry remote sensing and long dedicated service to the Society.


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 and/or to be taken in photogrammetry remote sensing surveying and mapping data management and geospatial science or technology disciplines recognizing that instruction in remote sensing and geo sciences is often taught in many disciplines.
  • An official 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 geospatial information.
  • A statement of work experience and listings that may include internships other forms of work experience special projects papers research reports courses taught as a teaching assistant or other items produced by the applicant that may support the capabilities in this field. 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 photogrammetry remote sensing surveying and mapping land and/or geospatial information science or technology as a key part of its performance.

Award Selection

  • 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.