Francis H. Moffitt Memorial Scholarship


  • The purpose of the award is to encourage upper-division undergraduate and graduate-level college students to pursue a course of study in surveying and photogrammetry leading to a career in the geospatial mapping profession.


  • Students currently enrolled or intending to enroll in a college or university in the United States or Canada, who are pursing a program of study in surveying or photogrammetry leading to a career in the geospatial mapping profession.


  • The award consists of a certificate and a check in the amount of $5,500 and a one-year student or associate membership (new or renewal) in ASPRS.
  • This award is presented by ASPRS, MAPPS (the Management Association of Private Photogrammetric Surveyors) and ACSM (the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping) through the ASPRS Foundation from funds donated by students, associates, colleagues, and friends of Frank Moffitt as a memorial to his lifetime contributions to the photogrammetric surveying profession.


An upper-division undergraduate or graduate-level 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 those to be taken, in surveying and photogrammetry and other related geospatial information technologies, recognizing that instruction in remote sensing is often embedded in courses taught in many different disciplines.
  • A transcript of all college/university level courses completed and grades received to demonstrate scholastic ability.
  • A listing of: 1) work experience and internships; 2) technical papers, research reports or other publications; 3) courses taught as a lecturer or teaching assistant; and 4) presentations made that may support the applicant’s capabilities in this field.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or professionals having knowledge of the applicant’s capabilities (demonstrated or potential).
  • A statement, not to exceed 2 pages, detailing: 1) the applicant’s educational and/or research goals that relate to the advancement of surveying and photogrammetry and other related geospatial information technologies and the applications of these technologies and 2) the applicant’s long-term professional career goals.

Award Selection:

  • The Committee evaluates each candidate’s application, applying equal weight to each element outlined above.
  • The Committee will also assign additional points, as appropriate, to the final scores for those applicants having attributes that reflect Professor Moffitt’s career and contributions.