The Brettschneider Geography Scholarship (SB6042)

The Karen Brettschneider Geography Scholarship honors Karen Brettschneider‘s legacy of environmental stewardship to the next generation of geographers. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding and applied to the following fall.

Karen was a graduate of the Texas State University (previously Southwest Texas State University) Geography program in 1998 and worked as an environmental planner for five years before her untimely passing. This scholarship will extend Karen’s legacy of environmental stewardship to the next generation of geographers.

Karen Brettschneider was born in Monroe, Louisiana on May 21, 1973. After completing a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Texas Christian University, she attended Texas State University to pursue a master’s degree in resource and environmental studies. While working on her graduate degree, Karen shared her love of geography with other students as she taught physical geography labs. She also met and married her husband, a fellow geographer. After graduation, Karen worked for the Houston-Galveston Area Council, promoting and analyzing water quality studies throughout 13 counties surrounding the Houston area.

Karen’s passion for life was contagious, bringing a positive energy to any situation. Even during her lengthy struggle with breast cancer, Karen continued to smile and laugh and to be an inspiration to all of us about the difference a positive attitude and determination can be in making the most out of life. She continued to work on regional water quality projects and animal rescue even during the most trying times of her cancer treatments.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in geography
  • have a concentration in water studies or resource and environmental studies
  • have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA

College of Liberal Arts