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PENNSYLVANIA LAND SURVEYORS' FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Below are the specifications and requirements for the PLS Foundation Scholarship.

Applications for the 2021-2022 Scholarship are closed for 2021. Check back in early 2022 for application and recommendation forms.

AMOUNT

Several scholarships with the amounts being paid as lump sum awards.

RECIPIENTS

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.

OBJECTIVE

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.

ELIGIBILITY

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.

AWARD

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.

EVALUATION

Each applicant will be evaluated on a point-count system as described below.


Performance Factors – 100 points maximum as follows:

  • Applicant's Academic Record (SAT Scores and Grades) – 30 points
    High school seniors will be rated on their SAT scores. The verbal score will count for a maximum of 15 points and the math score for a maximum of 15 points.
    College students will be rated on their cumulative grade point average at the time they apply for the scholarship.

  • Applicant's Activities – 20 points
    Evaluation of applicant’s activities and honors, work experience, leadership positions and distinguishing qualifications.

  • Applicant's Statement – 30 points
    Evaluation of content, clarity of ambitions and career goals, grammar, spelling and neatness.

  • References and Evaluator Scholarship Recommendation Form – 20 points
    The applicant must submit three character references from someone who is not a family member.
    The student’s guidance counselor/advisor should provide an objective evaluation regarding academics and character on the "Evaluator Scholarship Recommendation Form". This form should be mailed separately from the student’s application.

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AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

2020-2021 Scholarship Winners

Charles & Mary Ghilani Scholarship Winner - Brian Springer (second year of award)

Charles & Mary Ghilani Scholarship Winner - Claudia Leu (first year of award)

College Level:

  • Mathew Bogue

  • Gregory Ellsworth

  • Jacob Williams

  • Ayden Yoder

 

2019 - 2020 Scholarship Winners

Charles & Mary Ghilani Scholarship Winner - Brian Springer
McMillen Engineering Scholarship Winner - Claudia Leu


College Level:

  • Matthew Bogue

  • Jacob Hebel

  • Gerald Rusek

  • Jake Williams

  • Ayden Yoder

 

2018 - 2019 Scholarship Winners
Charles & Mary Ghilani Scholarship Winner - Catrina Coppola


College Level

  • Mathew Bogue

  • Glenn C. Johnson

  • Vincent Pavill

  • Ayden Yoder

 

2017 - 2018 Scholarship Winners

Charles & Mary Ghilani Scholarship Winner - Catrina Coppola from Stillwater, PA

College Level

  • Matthew Bogue

  • John Chapman

  • Catrina Coppola

  • Joshua Felbinger

  • Derek Grose

  • Joshua Harenza

  • Glenn Johnson

  • Aaron Kopicki

  • Vincent Pavill, IV

  • Joshua Piestrak

2016 - 2017 Scholarship Winners

Mary & Charles Ghilani Scholarship Winner - Jeffrey Johnson

College Level

  • Elizabeth Keegan, Penn State Wilkes-Barre

  • Jordan Behrens, Penn State Wilkes-Barre

  • Theodore Frear, Penn State Wilkes-Barre

  • Wyatt McMarlin, Penn State Wilkes-Barre

  • Thomas Blasi, Penn State Wilkes-Barre

  • Joshua Piestrak, Penn State Wilkes-Barre

 

High School Level

  • Noah Bella

  • Isaac Bennett

  • John Chapman

  • Joshua Harenza

  • Vincent Pavill

 

2015 - 2016 Scholarship Winners

College Level

  • Jordan Behrens, Penn State Wilkes-Barre

  • Theodore Frear, Penn State Wilkes-Barre

  • Elizabeth Keegan, Penn State Wilkes-Barre

  • Ross Nelson, Alfred State College

  • Joshua Piestrak, Penn State Wilkes-Barre

  • Zachary Root, Alfred State College

High School Level

  • Matthew Boyes, Northwest Area High School - Now attending Penn State Wilkes-Barre

  • Jarod Mattocks, Troy High School

  • Kyle Mostik, Southern Columbia High School - Now attending Penn College of Technology

  • Shawn Sheeley, St. Mary's High School - Now attending Penn College of Technology

  • Derek Weaver, Garden Spot High School - Now attending Penn College of Technology

2014-2015 Scholarship Winners

College Level

  • Gregory Copelli - Penn State

  • Theodore Frear - Penn State

  • Ross Nelson - Alfred State

  • Zachary Root - Alfred State

  • Alexander Wood - Penn State

High School Level

  • Zachary McGonigal - West Branch High School

  • Justin Paglianite - Pittston Area High School

  • Joshua Piestrak - Northwest Area High School

  • Kent Wilkinson - Owen J. Roberts High School

2013-2014 Scholarship Winners

College Level

  • 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