There are many ways you can support the Geography Program at James Madison University. All contributions are tax-deductible.

  • Support student organizations, scholarship funds, and undergraduate research activities.
  • Sponsor our student projects.
  • Spend some time with our students, sharing your work or life experiences in a class or student organization meeting.
  • Host a class visit at your workplace. 
  • Offer travel assistance for students to attend conferences and competitions.
  • Let us know about internship or job opportunities at your company.
  • Keep your alumni information up-to-date.

Please consider giving to one of the following funds that supports our students and faculty.

This fund supports a range of activities and projects in the Geography program, including faculty and student scholarship, educational endeavors, and various Geography related activities.

CISE Study Abroad Scholarship
The CISE Study Abroad Scholarship was established to assist students with a declared major in the College of Integrated Science and Engineering who plan to participate in a Study Abroad Program.

Kari Zehner Memorial Endowment in Geography
This endowment was established in the memory of Kari R. Zehner, a Meritorious Civilian Service Award recipient and geographer for the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity at Marine Corps Base Quantico, as well as a graduate of JMU ('92). A competitive-based award from the endowment is given to a Geographic Science major who has completed at least 30 credit hours and is returning for the following academic year.

Frederick M. Garst Memorial Fund
This endowment was established in memory of Fred Garst to support student research. Fred, a JMU alum, taught in the Geography Program since 2002. He was a leader in GIS and remote sensing with the Harrisonburg field office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Fred opened many doors for our students and created a strong sense of community wherever he worked. 

Become a Partner
  • Host an interview session and offer internships and job opportunities.
  • Promote your company by scheduling a “tech talk” with one of our student organizations.  Focus on “what we do and how we do it” not “what it's like to work here.”
  • Engage with our students by offering real-world, hands-on research opportunities.

To learn more about becoming a CISE Industry Partner, please contact Lynda Chandler.

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