In 1968 the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors began providing financial assistance to Land Surveying students in the form of scholarships. The WSLS Foundation was established as a separate entity specifically to generate money ensuring continued financial support for deserving students.Scholarships are presented at the WSLS Annual Institute in January of each year. Through the efforts of first WSLS then the Foundation, money awarded annually grew from $500 in 1968 to more than $18,000 in 2017.
In 2016 the Foundation created and presented a new scholarship specifically for students in their first year of a land surveying program. The 2017 First Year Scholarship will be presented at the Summer meeting on 29 July in Green Bay, Wis. The schloarship is for $1500.00 and will be awarded in honor of Mark Teuteberg.
To be eligible for the First Year Scholarship a student must either be:
1. Enrolled in and attending one of Wisconsin’s four area colleges that meet the education requirements of A-E 6.04 by offering a Land Surveying or Civil Engineering Program. There are: Madison Area Technical College; Milwaukee Area Technical College; Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay); and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Applications will also be accepted from students in similar programs at Gateway Technical College (Racine), and Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton).
2. A Wisconsin resident in a Bachelor of Science Surveying Program at an out-of-state school.
In addition, the applicant must:
- Have completed at least one land surveying class in the program at the college they are attending.
- Be a full time student in the program of the college they are attending and enrolled in classes for the second year of the program.
- Have completed the first year of the program or at least 24 program credits.
- Provide additional documentation of class enrollment for current semester if not listed on the transcript. Documentation to consist of a digital enrollment verification letter from a program Instructor or advisor.
Although not a specifc requirment for schoarship consideration, the applicant should be a student member of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors.
How to Apply
Material will be submitted electronicaly using the First Year Scholarship Application link. These materials consist of:
- A completed and signed Application Form.
- Copies of official transcript(s) from college(s) attended, or currently attending, as pertaining to the land survey program (Item 15 of the Application Form).
- Proof of Spring 2017 semester class enrollment. If not indicated on the transcrpt,then a digital letter from an instructor or advisor can fulfill this requirement.
- A one to three page essay describing educational program objective(s) and long range professional goals (Item 14 of the Application Form).
It is the applicant's responsibility to obtain agreement from the writer before submitting their contact information and ensure the Letter(s) arrive prior to application deadline.
All digital documents must follow this naming convention: first name, last name, and document type; e.g., John Doe-Application, John Doe-Essay, etc.
Application materials must be submitted by May 31, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for the Scholarship.
The WSLS Education Committee will select the Scholarship recipient on behalf of the WSLS Foundation basing the selection on academics, financial need, references, essay content, and involvement in student and professional organizations.
posted 27 April 2017