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AAG Community College Travel Grants

Deadline: November 1, yearly

Support from this grant program is awarded to outstanding students from community colleges, junior colleges, city colleges, or similar two-year educational institutions to attend the next AAG Annual Meeting. These travel funds are generously provided by Darrel Hess and Robert and Bobbé Christopherson.  The award consists of meeting registration, one year membership in the AAG, and a travel expense subsidy of $500 to be used to defray the costs of attending the AAG Annual Meeting.

Eligibility: You are eligible to apply if you are a student currently enrolled at a US community college, junior college, city college, or similar two-year educational institution at the time you submit your application. Students from minority and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. You do NOT need to formally participate in the meeting (e.g. paper presentation, poster, panel, etc.) to be eligible. However, if you do, please acknowledge support from the program in any presentations or publications.

Criteria: Selection will be based on the overall quality of the application, scholastic excellence and academic promise. Preference will be given to geography majors, or from institutions which do not have geography programs, to applicants who have taken geography courses and/or plan to continue to study geography in four-year institutions. Financial need will also be considered. The selection committee will observe the purposes and preferences noted above when evaluating proposals. Two to four awards will be made annually. Awards may not be made in years when funds are insufficient or proposals are not suitable.


Applications consist of a form, unofficial transcripts, and a letter of reference.

  • Please completely enter all information requested on our online application form. You will upload your unofficial transcripts to this form. Please gather all required supporting documents before completing the Application form. The Application Form will require you to upload all supporting documents before being able to complete your submission. You cannot save a partially completed form and return to it later, so it is important to have all materials ready before accessing the online Application Form. For questions or difficulties, please contact or call the AAG at 202-234-1450.
  • Applicants should also arrange for the submission of ONE Letter of Recommendation from a college instructor sent in the body of an email or as an attachment from the instructor’s own email address to .

Acknowledgement of receipt of application materials will be returned within a maximum of 2-3 business days. All applicants will be notified of the status of their submission within 2 months after the deadline.

Conditions of Receiving Travel Grants:

Awardees must agree in writing to attend the AAG Annual Meeting and should keep all travel related receipts as expense documentation, to be provided upon request. After the meeting, awardees will also write a 2-3 page paper describing the sessions and events they attended, reporting on networking activities, and reflecting upon the experience for their learning goals and career aspirations.

Eligible applicants are also encouraged to consider application to the AAG Hess Community College Geography Scholarship Program.


Donations to the AAG Annual Meeting Community College Travel Fund are encouraged. For more information on making a contribution, please contact Candida Mannozzi, or by phone at 202-234-1450.

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