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 scholarships totalling about $19,500 with funds contributed by the WSLS Foundation, Berntsen International, Seiler Instrument, and Leica Geosystems.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 72nd Annual Surveyors’ Institute is being held virtually on January 27th thru 29th, 2021 and the method of delivery and presentation of the scholarships has not been determined at this time.  Berntsen International, Seiler Instrument, and Leica Geosystems will each award one scholarship, the WSLS Foundation will award five scholarships.  The WSLS Foundation scholarships will be presented in honor of Society members in recognition of their contributions to WSLS and the surveying profession. 


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, Gateway 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.       Visit the following site. 2020 Scholarship Application This is a form on which you will enter your information. The form automatically saves provided you are logged in to a google account.

2.       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 their names. A confirmation letter will be sent to you at the address you provide in the application when a letter is received. IT IS THE APPLICANTS RESPONSIBILITY TO NOTIFY LETTER AUTORS IN A TIMELY MANNER AND TO ENSURE THAT THE LETTER HAS BEEN DELIVERED BY THE AUTHOR 

3.       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 unofficial transcript is available, it may be sent instead but must be clearly marked Unofficial Transcript. Name the transcript file: yourname-transcript

4.       Application material must be submitted using the form. You will attach files from steps (1) & (3) and provide contact information for your Letter of Recommendation authors in step (2).

5.       Selection Process,  the Education Committee will select Scholarship Recipients based on academics, financial need, references, content of question answers, and involvement in professional and student organizations. These will be submitted as recommendations to the funding entities who will have final approval. All application materials must be received by December 4, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered for a scholarship. If you have questions, please contact [email protected]com .