To Gain a Competitive Edge

Published: November 19, 2021

Nampa, Idaho
Major: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate
Graduation: 2023
Scholarships: Laura Moore Cunningham

Oregon State University (OSU) student, Daleesa Cole, is attending College of Western Idaho (CWI) in pursuit of a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate with the ultimate goal of becoming a Wildlife Biologist.

“I am currently working on a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife at OSU,” Daleesa said. “My decision to attend CWI was in pursuit of wanting a skill set in GIS and sUAS (small unmanned aircraft systems) to give myself a competitive edge in the wildlife field. It is my hope to further use my skills and abilities gained from CWI and OSU to help assist in changing the world for the better by assisting in ecological and conservation issues through research and development, public education, and awareness as a Wildlife Biologist.”

During her time at CWI, Daleesa landed a full-time internship with Owyhee Air Research in Nampa, Idaho, as a Drone Lead and IR GIS Mapping Technician.

“This opportunity has become a huge stepping stone in my professional career and has given me passion and opportunities beyond what I have ever dreamed. I am now able to combine my skills and abilities in GIS, sUAS, and Fisheries and Wildlife experiences into one for the greater good!”

A proud recipient of the Laura Moore Cunningham Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year, Daleesa values the availability of financial assistance which has made her return to college and pursuit of her goals a reality.

 “CWI has empowered me in every way possible financially, academically, professionally, and personally to be what I hope to someday become. I have been a student for several years now, completing one course or a few at a time at both OSU and CWI. Although life circumstances have altered my journey from time to time, I hope to graduate from both by 2023. My education has opened up opportunities for me I never thought possible. Never give up on the amazing things you can pursue in life!”

Scholarships are now open for the Spring 2022 semester! Complete your application by Nov. 30, 2021.

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