Annual Institute Scholarships


Since 1968, the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors (WSLS) has provided land surveying students financial assistance in the form of scholarships. The awards have grown from a handful of $250 scholarships to this year's eight scholaships totaling over $19,500 with funds contributed by the WSLS Foundation, Berntsen International, Seiler Instrument, and Leica Geosystems.


Eight scholarships will be presengted at the 70th Annual Surveyors’ Institute at the Kalahari Convention Center on Thursday evening, January 24, 2019. Berntsen International and Seiler Instrument will each award one $2500 scholarship, the WSLS Foundation will award five $2500 scholarships, and Leica Geosystems will award one student scholarship. The WSLS Foundation scholarships will be presented in honor of Society members in recognition of their contributions to WSLS and the surveying profession.

In addition to the monetary award, each recipient, along with a partner, will be invited to attend the Institute Banquet on January 24 and provided that night's lodging for two at the Kalahari Inn and Resort.


To be eligible a student must be either:

  1. Enrolled in and attending one of Wisconsin’s colleges that meet the requirements of Wis Admin Code A-E 6.04 by offering a Land Surveying or Civil Engineering Program. These include: Madison Area Technical College (Madison College), Milwaukee Area Technical College, Mid-State Technical College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay). Applicants from Fox Valley Technical College (Appleton) students will also be accepted.
  2. A Wisconsin resident attending an out-of-state school in a Bachelor of Science surveying program, having completed at least one year and enrolled in the 2nd year or later of that program

To Apply

All application material must be submitted digitally using the Submission Form in step (5).

To apply for a scholarship, follow these steps:

(1) Download the Scholarship Application form. This is a Word document on which you will enter your information. Save the form on your computer using the naming convention: yourname-application

(2) As instructed on the Scholarship Application form, compose a narrative describing your Educational Objectives and Professional Career Goals. Name the file: yourname-goals

(3) Request a Letter of Recommendation from one of your program instructors; a second letter may also be submitted. Ask that the letter(s) be emailed directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will provide the author's name and contact information on the Submission Form. Be sure the authors agree to write you letters before submitting thier names.

(4) Obtain a digital version of an official transcript from your current school. A transcript available only in printed form must be scanned. Be sure to request the transcript early to ensure it arrives before the application deadline. If only an unoffical transcript is available, it may be sent instead but must be clearly marked Unoffical Transcript. Name the transcript file: yourname-transcript

(5) Application material must be submitted using the Submission Form at this link. You will attached files from steps (1), (2), and (4), and provide contact information for your Letter of Recommendation authors in step (3).

Selection Process

The Education Committee will select Scholarship Recipients based on academics, financial need, references, content of essay, and involvement in professional and student organizations. These will be submitted as recommendations to the funding enities who will have final approval.

 All application materials must be received by 20 October 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered for a scholarship.

If you have questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 updated 17 Sept. 2018