WSLS Foundation First Year Scholarship


Since 1968, the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors (WSLS) has been providing scholarships to Land Surveying students. To generate funds and increase award amounts to ensure continued financial support for deserving students, the WSLS Foundation was established as a separate entity. Through the efforts of first WSLS then the Foundation, money awarded annually grew from $500 in 1968 to more than $18,000 currently. In 2016 the Foundation created and presented a new scholarship specifically for students in their first year of a Land Surveying Program.

2020 Scholarship

The 2020 First-Year Student Scholarship, in the amount of $1500, will be presented at the Summer meeting on (TBD) in (TBD), Wis.


To be eligible for the 2020 First Year Student Scholarship a student must either be:

1. Enrolled in and attending one of Wisconsin’s four area colleges that meet the education requirements of Wis Admin Code A-E 6.04 by offering a Land Surveying or Civil Engineering Program. These are: Madison Area Technical College; Milwaukee Area Technical College; and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Applications will also be accepted from students in similar programs at Fox Valley Technical College, Gateway Technical College, and MidState Technical College.


2. A Wisconsin resident in a Bachelor of Science Surveying Program at an out-of-state school.

In addition, the first year student 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.

While not a requirement for application, student membership in either WSLS or a local Chapter is encouraged. Membership will not be a consideration for scholarship selection.

Application Process

Each applicant must compile an Application File consisting of:

  • A downloaded and completed 2020 First-Year Student Scholarship Application Form.
  • Transcript(s) from college(s) attended, or currently attending, as pertaining to the Land Survey Program. Scanned hard copy versions are acceptable if not available from the school(s) in digital form. An unofficial transcript is acceptable if not yet available for the last completed semester.
  • A one- to three-page essay describing the applicant's educational objective(s) and long range professional goals

This material will be combined into a single pdf Application File and named using the applicant's last and first names, eg, Doe John.pdf

Scholarship application will made using the First-Year Student Scholarship Application link on the WSLS website. At this link the applicant will:

If not indicated on the transcript, proof of Spring 2020 semester program enrollment must be included in the Instructor's Letter of Recommendation.

Applications will be accepted beginning May 1st, 2020.  Application materials must be submitted by May 31, 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for the Scholarship.

Selection Process

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.


Contact the WSLS Education Committee by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions in regard to this scholarship.

posted 31 Oct 2019