KAMP is pleased to announce that this year’s Scholarship Winner is Terry Bearb, a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Science at Western Kentucky University.
From his nomination:
Upon realizing Geographic Information Science focuses on the concepts of mapping along with the manipulation and collection of geospatial data, I knew a degree in GIS would be the best to suit my interests and give me the freedom to advance myself in a rewarding career. At an early age, I developed a love for maps and spent time analyzing the geographic features and concepts that make up a map.
Growing up, my grandfather owned his own land surveying business, so I was fortunate enough to go to different job sites with him and consume as much information as possible. I witnessed first-hand the collection of data and how that data was translated to a document, mapping out a certain area. As I saw more maps being created, my passion and interests for geographical analysis heightened to a level where it would only be fitting to transition this hobby for eventual professional employment. My GIS degree, coinciding with the technical and practical skills I have learned, will directly prepare me for employment in a professional setting. A realistic goal for post-graduation would be employment in local or state planning fulfilling a GIS Analyst or Cartographer position. Long-term career goals include becoming a GIS Manager with aspiration to eventually work in a government setting such as the National Geospatial-lntelligence Agency (NGA). While stationed in Washington, D.C. as an Information Technology Specialist of the U.S. Navy, I had the privilege to work closely with NGA. While this agency serves many important roles, I discovered that not only do they provide essential intelligence to the U.S. military through imagery and geodetic surveying, they also can provide assistance and planning for major nation-wide events. Upon separation from the military, a goal was established to first achieve a geospatial degree, become a GIS professional, and utilize my skills and personal drive to find myself fulfilling a government seat once again protecting the freedoms of the nation.
Congratulations Terry! We wish you all the best in your career.