HIGICC recognizes outstanding community members and students through two programs: The Mark Lierman Memorial Scholarship Award and the President's Award.
Mark Lierman* Memorial Scholarship
The Mark Lierman Memorial Scholarship Awards are two $1,000 scholarships that recognize deserving students who have demonstrated an appreciation for and understanding of geospatial data and geographic information systems (GIS). Applications for academic year 2012-2013 are now being accepted. The applicant must be enrolled at an accredited college or university for fall 2012 and have graduated from a high school in Hawaii or be attending school in Hawaii. The deadline for applications is May 10, 2013. This year's criteria and application can be viewed and downloaded here:
Scholarship Award Recipients:
- 2012 Erik Franklin and Kathyrn Massaro
- 2011: Kosta Stamoulis and Elena Abe
- 2010: Christopher Hamilton
- 2009: Mele Chillingworth and Jessica Nalani Leonard
- 2008: No award
- 2007: Lisa Wedding - GIS and remote sensing applications for coral reef management
- 2006: Garrett George and Kealoha Kinney
The President's Award is bestowed on a deserving individual who has made a meaningful impact on Hawaii's geospatial community. This award is selected by the Board's President and announced at the HIGICC annual meeting.
President's Award Recipients:
- 2012 Karen Kemp
- 2011 Henry Wolter
- 2010 Craig Clouet
- 2009 Ken Schmidt
- 2008 Chris Chiesa
- 2007 Darcee Killpack
- 2006 Rhett Rebold
- 2005 Royce Jones
- 2004 Joan Delos Santos
- 2003 Susan Bevacqua & Ron Salz
- 2002 Nami Ohtomo
* Mark Lierman Memorial Scholarship
Mark Lierman was born in Twin Falls, Idaho. He worked in GIS for over 25 years, and came to the City and County of Honolulu in 1992. As a GIS Analyst with over 17 years of service and a key senior member of the City’s Department of Planning and Permitting, Honolulu Land Information System (HoLIS) program, he was a major contributor to the development of Honolulu's GIS program. He was also an instrumental leader in the development, deployment and management of the City’s building, land use, and construction permitting system known as POSSE.
Mark was a tireless advocate for and an enthusiastic promoter of GIS technology to many citizens, professionals, civil servants, and politicians throughout the State of Hawaii. He was a cheerful participant in local GIS user groups, including HIGICC, and was a fixture at GIS Day events at McCoy Pavilion. Known for his playful roles (as a butler, as a globe, etc.), he used humor and self-deprecation to put a human face to GIS and reduce the intimidation factor of the technology to make it more accessible to the kids and volunteers alike.