College of Letters & Sciences
Department Staff

Geography, Geology & Environmental Science

Contact Information

Margo Kleinfeld
Department Chair & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-1087
Location: Upham Hall 120A
John Frye
Master Adviser & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-5270
Location: Upham Hall 116
Jessie Dugan
Academic Dept Associate
Phone: 262-472-1071
Location: Upham Hall 120

Scholarships & Awards

Fischer Scholarship

The Fischer Scholarship Program is supported by a trust fund established by Professor Warren Fischer, who along with Mrs. Rose Fischer, taught for many years on the UW-Whitewater campus. Grants have been awarded from this fund each semester since 1978. The Fischer's goal was to improve the quality of geographic education.

Information regarding the Fischer Scholarship Program can be obtained by contacting the Department of Geography, Geology & Environmental Science in Upham Hall 120 or calling (262) 472-1071.

Scholarship Eligibility

  1. Must be a full-time student (at least 12 units throughout the entire semester) during the semester that the scholarship is in effect.
  2. Must be a declared major or minor in geography;
  3. Be declared in one of the education curricula
  4. Each semester schedule must include at least one Geography course until either the geography major or minor has been completed.
  5. For scholarship renewal, applicants must:
    1. Be enrolled in at least one geography course each semester until the major or minor is completed
    2. Have completed 12 units toward the degree during the preceding semester including at least one geography course
    3. Maintain a grade point average necessary to remain in good standing in their education curriculum

Download the Scholarship Forms

Silver-Savage English/Environmental Scholarship

The Silver/Savage Environmental Scholarship is given by ardent supporters of liberal education, Donna Silver and George Savage: Donna, through her work at UW System and George, as Languages & Literatures faculty at UW Whitewater. This scholarship is made possible through George's mother, Nellie Savage, a teacher, church elder, leader of the local American Field Service, and world traveler. Nellie married Dr. William C. G. Savage, a veterinarian, whose interest in science and nature began early as an avid birdwatcher. This scholarship is created in the spirit of consilience between the two cultures, humanities and sciences. To that end, the scholarship is granted to a candidate with a declared major or minor in English and a declared major or minor in Environmental Science/Studies or Biology: one of the degrees must be English. The award will be granted for the academic year following the application. The award will be judged by the Chair of Language & Literatures and one faculty member, one Environmental Studies/ Science or Biology faculty, and a representative of the Silver/ Savage family.

Approximate Award Amount: $2000-2500 tuition credit.


  • The application, completed online:
  • The candidate must be a full-time second or third year student (or transfer student) who is a declared English Major with a declared minor or second major in Environmental Studies/ Science or Biology.
  • The candidate must submit an updated résumé and academic transcripts.
  • The candidate must submit a brief (100-300 word) statement about how the applicant sees his or her English major being enhanced by a minor or second major in Environmental Studies/ Science or Biology.
  • At least one letter of support from an English teacher/ professor and/ or and Environmental Studies/ Science or Biology teacher/ professor. This letter should focus on the student's academic potential within the professor's discipline and should be sent directly to the Scholarships Committee.
  • Deadline for all materials: February 15.

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