The Lawrence E. Estaville Geography Scholarship (SE5051)

The Lawrence E. Estaville Geography Scholarship honors Dr. Lawrence Estaville and his outstanding service to the Department of Geography as chair from 1994 to 2004. One scholarship is awarded each spring pending available funding and applied to the following fall.

Dr. Estaville earned his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma and taught at Clemson University before assuming the position of Chair of the Department of Geography at Fresno State University. Dr. Estaville’s many achievements during his 10 years as Chair at Texas State include successfully implementing the University’s first doctoral programs, more than doubling the size of the faculty, increasing the number of funded graduate assistants from 4 to nearly 70, encouraging spectacular increases in research, grants, and contracts; while enhancing the quality standards for geographic education at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels.

Aside from his numerous administrative achievements, Dr. Estaville was recognized by the National Council for Geographic Education with its Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award. He won many honors for his research on ethnic and cultural geography and was a member of the Association of American Geographers’ Task Force on Diversity. He was awarded the Enhancing Diversity Award at the 2016 annual meeting of the AAG.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • be a first-generation college student,
  • be declared an undergraduate geography major
  • have a sophomore or junior standing
  • have an overall GPA of 2.5 or above and a geography GPA of 2.5 or above
  • provide evidence of service to the Department of Geography and the community
  • priority will be given to students who qualify for federal work-study funding (attach statement of eligibility)
  • priority will be given to students from underrepresented communities of the state

College of Liberal Arts
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a first generation college student?
  2. Please discuss your of service to the Department of Geography and the community.
  3. Submit a copy of your most recent college transcript (unofficial is acceptable).
  4. If you have been awarded financial aid for the upcoming academic year, please upload a copy of your awards page.