Reinventing Geospatial®, Inc. (RGi®) is honored to announce that David Runneals has been selected as the first recipient of the $10,000 RGi Scholarship for Geospatial and Engineering, given in partnership with The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).
David is a senior at Northwest Missouri State University, where he is on track to graduate with a degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in 2019. In his application essay, David wrote: “I have grown passionate [for] integrating data and technologies along with research and development, falling very much in line [with] my ultimate goal of working for a humanitarian relief or disaster response organization, where I am able to impact human lives while making data more open and accessible.”
For the past several years, David has served as a volunteer with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation’s Search & Rescue GIS Working Group, where he was an integral member of the disaster response team during the 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. As part of his work with NAPSG during the hurricanes, David provided technical support and developed innovative solutions to challenges facing first responders on the ground in Puerto Rico, including support with transportation information and data integration across disparate crowdsourced data efforts.
“David is the perfect recipient of the first-ever RGi Scholarship,” said RGi CEO Stephen Gillotte. “We’re thrilled with both his scholastic achievements and his humanitarian focus, and can’t wait to see how he continues to contribute to the future of GEOINT.”
To learn more about the RGi Scholarship or to apply, please visit usgif.org/education/scholarships. The 2019 Scholarship Program will open in November 2018.