Pennsylvania Land Surveyors’ Foundation
2013-2014 Scholarship Winners
First Place – Eric Bogumil – Penn State
Second Place – Matthew Sharr – Penn State
Third Place – Matthew Boozer – Penn State
Fourth Place – Jacob Smith – Penn College of Technology
Fifth Place – Ross Nelson – Alfred State
Sixth Place – Joseph Marchakitus – Penn State
High School Level
Kaitlin Chappell – Accepted to Penn State
In addition to receiving monetary awards, the winners will be invited to attend the Monday evening Awards Banquet during the 2014 Surveyors' Conference so that they can be recognized for their outstanding scholarship and dedication. Please join PSLS in congratulating these future surveyors.
Click on the recipients name to see thank you letters.
Applications for the 2014-2015 Scholarship are available here.
Below are the specifications and requirements for the PLS Foundation Scholarship.
Several scholarships with the amounts being paid as lump sum awards.
To promote, improve and encourage the profession and practice of land surveying in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by providing financial assistance to those persons intending to pursue, or who are currently pursuing, an education in surveying with an ultimate goal of becoming practicing Professional Land Surveyors.
Scholarships will be disbursed in two installments: the first issue being given by early fall of the award year, and the second at the beginning of the new year. Both installments are subject to current enrollment in a two-year Surveying Technology Program or in a four-year Bachelor of Science Surveying Program.
The scholarship recipients will be chosen by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees based upon achievements, content of responses, grammar, presentation and an advisor’s evaluation. Announcement of the recipients will be made in July of each year. The Foundation will not discriminate against any person in the selection process on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, ancestry or national origin.
The applicant must be a citizen of the United States and be a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The applicant must be enrolled in or be accepted in a two-year Surveying Technology Program or a four-year Bachelor of Science Program in Land Surveying.
The applicant must submit copies of SAT scores and high school or college transcripts with completed transcript release from a guidance office or registrar’s office.
Each applicant will be evaluated on a point-count system as described below.
Performance Factors – 20 points maximum as follows:
- SAT Scores and Grades – 20 points
High school seniors will be rated on their SAT scores. The verbal score will count for a maximum of 10 points and the math score for a maximum of 10 points.
College students will be rated on their cumulative grade point average at the time they apply for the scholarship.
- Applicants activities – 20 points
Evaluation of applicant’s activities and honors, work experience, leadership positions and distinguishing qualifications.
- Application Preparation – 20 points
Evaluation of content, clarity of ambitions an career goals, grammar, spelling and neatness.
- Guidance Counselor/Advisor Evaluation – 20 points
The student’s guidance counselor/advisor should provide an objective evaluation regarding academics, character and perceived financial need on the enclosed Guidance Counselor/Advisor Recommendation Form. This form should be mailed separately from the student’s application.
- Applicant’s potential as a Professional Land Surveyor – 20 points