Alumni and Giving

Giving to the Department of Geography

The Geography Department, thanks to the generous help of current and former faculty, alumni and their families is proud to offer several scholarships each year, largely to recognize outstanding scholarship, leadership and enthusiasm for our beloved discipline. 

It’s easy to give money to the Department of Geography, or to any of the specific awards and scholarships.

The Tamburro Scholarship is the flagship award in the department.  It pays for all normal university fees to a fulltime undergraduate geography major that has, or will transfer from a community college.  The award has been made possible through a generous gift from the family of Michael Tamburro, a lover of geography and former student of the department.

The Ross Scholarship recognizes excellent students who have displayed outstanding imagination, creativity and potential to contribute in the field of Geography.

The Robert and Karen Newcomb Graduate Fellowship recognizes the efforts of geography graduate students who best reflect a spirit of independence, creativity and imagination.

The Geography Student Scholarship recognizes high achievement and creativity in the classroom and financial need.

The Shoshana Sokol Memorial Award recognizes the achievements of non-traditional students who perhaps have returned to CSUN pursue studies in geography.  The Sokol family hopes the fund will be used to cover or defray the costs of textbooks.

Donors may also make general contributions to the Geography Department, the Center for Geographical Studies, or the Darrick Danta Fund for Field Research.

You can donate directly to any of these funds via the university’s donation portal

You are welcome to contact Judi Gomez, the Director of Development for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 818-677-3532, or any of the faculty or staff from the Department of Geography.

To make a contribution, send a check payable to CSUN Foundation and in the memo section write in the name of the Geography Scholarship you will like to support and mail to:

Judi Gomez, ASC
CSUN/Dept. of Geography
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8249

Or contact Judi directly at or (818) 677-3532

If you have any questions about the scholarships please contact Judi Gomez, at the Department of Geography (818) 677-3532 or email the department at