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USGIF and Black Cape Announce New Recurring Scholarship

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Ibadan, 12 June 2024. – The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and Black Cape have announced a new multi-year scholarship; the Black Cape Scholarship for Women in Geospatial Intelligence. Each summer the scholarship will go to one female student studying geospatial, geography, geospatial technology, or a related field at the undergraduate level with the intent to work for the U.S. Government.

In addition to the general doctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and graduating high school senior scholarships that USGIF offers, the Black Cape scholarship brings its total number of recurring scholarships to 12.  Furthermore, USGIF has awarded more than $1.7M in scholarships since launching the program in 2004. As part of the ongoing selection process for USGIF’s general and other recurring scholarships, the Foundation will consequently award the first Black Cape Scholarship for Women in Geospatial Intelligence in the summer of 2024 during USGIF’s award cycle.

Speaking about the Black Cape Scholarship for Women in Geospatial Intelligence, USGIF CEO Ronda Schrenk said, “The field of geospatial intelligence is crucial for national security, and USGIF commits to fostering a pipeline of talented professionals. The CEO also added, “The Black Cape Scholarship for Women in Geospatial Intelligence is a fantastic opportunity to encourage and empower women to pursue careers in this critical field. We are grateful to Black Cape for their partnership and support.”

Likewise, Black Cape co-CEO and co-Founder Al Di Leonardo noted, “When Abe Usher and I first worked together in U.S. Special Operations and within the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, many of our colleagues were talented women who really led the way, in both technology and analysis. Through the Black Cape scholarship, we hope to attract more talented women to the geospatial field and create great career opportunities for them to work within the U.S. Government.”

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