Esri’s Director of Education David DiBiase announced a pilot scholarship program to support employee professional development via Penn State’s online geospatial offerings. He explained to a gathering of Penn State geospatial program staffers and advisory board members earlier this week that this summer two employees were admitted to Penn State Online graduate programs in GIS and Geodesign. Esri will provide financial support for their studies.
DiBiase provided further context via e-mail:
Every Esri employee is eligible to be reimbursed for the cost of a certain amount of continuing professional development each year. In addition, Esri supports scholarships and fellowships on a competitive basis for select employees to pursue degrees at the University of Redlands and Claremont Graduate University. The new Penn State scholarship will enable select Esri employees to earn a post-baccalaureate certificate or Masters from Penn State’s five online geospatial programs of study. The hope is to expand the scholarship program to support more employees in the coming years.
DiBiase was key in launching Penn State’s online GIS programs during his tenure at Penn State.
Disclosure: I’m a member of the Penn State’s MGIS Advisory Board.