Connected Nation Announces WKU Scholarship

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Today during the Cumberland Chapter of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) annual meeting, Connected Nation announced a $500 scholarship for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) student at Western Kentucky University for the Fall 2014 semester.

The Cumberland Chapter of URISA serves the GIS community in Kentucky and Tennessee as a local chapter of the international association for the GIS profession. Today’s first annual meeting of the Cumberland Chapter is the culmination of volunteer work done by GIS professionals in the two states to establish this local chapter over the course of the past year; Connected Nation hosted the kick-off event last January that resulted in the establishment of the chapter officers and bylaws.

Connected Nation continues to support the GIS community through the launch of the WKU GIS scholarship.

“It’s absolutely fantastic that Connected Nation has provided a scholarship opportunity for our GIS students,” said Kevin Cary, GIS director at Western Kentucky University. “This compliments our GIS program at WKU and we look forward to future GIS endeavors with Connected Nation.”

“As part of our corporate mission, we are always looking to give back to our community,” said Connected Nation President and COO Tom Ferree. “We use GIS every day in our efforts to bridge the digital divide and enhance lives, so it’s appropriate that we do what we can to support future GIS professionals.”

The scholarship application will be published on the Connected Nation website,, in February.