Scholarships for Land Surveying Education


Interested in becoming a land surveyor?

Below are some of the scholarships available for Ohio students



PLSO Scholarships

The PLSO offers annual state-level scholarships to honor and promote students seeking careers in surveying who will support and represent Ohio and PLSO surveying standards of the future. Among other eligibility criteria, candidates must be enrolled in a surveying degree program at an ABET or other accredited college or university in Ohio.

The PLSO’s scholarships are administered by the Columbus Foundation, and students can apply online at by accessing the ScholarLink feature. Recommendation letters and transcripts can be uploaded to the Columbus Foundation’s website. The PLSO application and guidelines are available on the PLSO website. The deadline for application is May 1.


Chapter Scholarships Available

Cleveland Chapter
The Cleveland Chapter’s application deadline is March 1. For more information, go to


Miami Chapter
Miami Valley’s scholarship will be awarded by Aug. 10 annually. Contact Joshua Mihelcic, PS, EI at (937) 291-9092 or for more information on the Miami Valley scholarship.


Tri-State Surveyor’s Advisory Board
The Tri-State Surveyor’s Advisory Board, which includes the PLSO Cincinnati and Southwest Chapters, offers a scholarship to potential and current students enrolled at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College or Northern Kentucky University majoring in surveying. For more information, go to


Other Scholarships Available


The Thomas Michael Besch, Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), USA Retired “Armed Services Personnel Endowed Scholarship in Surveying, Mapping, and Geographic Information Systems”
A scholarship fund for military veterans has been established in honor of T. Michael Besch.  Veterans who enroll in the Surveying, Mapping and GIS program will be eligible to apply for the scholarship.  The award, honoring Besch’s commitment to the Surveying profession and his long standing military career, was unveiled at the Western Reserve Chapter’s annual dinner on Saturday, January 23, 2016.



Gaydar Establishes Scholarship in Wife’s Memory
Jack Gaydar, PLSO and Western Reserve Chapter member since 2000, recently created the Debora Lee Wootton Memorial Scholarship in Surveying and Mapping and women and minority students at The University of Akron – the only Ohio university that offers a bachelor’s degree in land surveying. The scholarship is in memory of his late wife, who was a Cherokee Indian, and business partner in Iron Pin Surveying and Engineering in Medina, Ohio. The purpose of the scholarship is to address the following.

  • Baby boomers are retiring, and land surveying jobs are not getting refilled at a rate to ensure sustainability.
  • High school students have a lack of knowledge about the profession of land surveying.
  • The ranks of females and minorities are very low or close to nil and not proportionally represented in the surveying field.

The scholarship provides an in-need, qualified female or minority student with an opportunity that they might not have to get a world-class education at one of the top universities in Ohio. Gaydar, also an adjunct lecturer in surveying and mapping at The University of Akron, Summit Technical College, has committed his $10,000 annual salary from The University of Akron, and the Operator Training Committee of Ohio has made a one-time donation of $1,860.

“I would like to encourage female and minority land surveyors, and local surveying and engineering firms to make a donation of any size,” Gaydar said. “Remember the education and training we received made us the surveyors we are today. It is time to pass the torch.”

Tax-deductible gifts can be sent to Ms. Carin Luli, Director of Development, Department of Development, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio  44325-2603. Make checks payable to “Debora Lee Wootton Scholarship”. Luli can be reached at (330) 972-7441 or


National Scholarships from NSPS

The National Society of Professional Surveyors/American Congress on Surveying and Mapping also offers scholarships. Go to the lower right-hand column at for guidelines and an application form.


NGS Releases Blueprint for NATRF 2022

NGS has posted a document detailing the plans for NATRF 2022 project.

CLICK HERE to view the information.

Spring Ohio Surveying News Now Available

Click here for the latest edition of the Ohio Surveying News

NCEES seeks input from surveyors

NCEES has extended the online survey for the Principles and Practice of Surveying exam content review to March 31, and has requested assistance from NSPS to find additional volunteers for this important study by sharing this news with NSPS members.

The information is posted online at A PDF of the news release is also available for download on this page. The survey will be used to update the specifications for the PS exam.

Ohio Valley Chapter to host workshop at Ft. Steuben


The Ohio Valley Chapter of PLSO has teamed up with Historic Fort Steuben and the West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors to host a one-day workshop on Friday, May 5 at the Fort in Steubenville, Ohio. CLICK HERE for the details and registration form.

Year end HALF DAY workshop offered

PLSO will host a 1/2 day workshop (good for 3 hours of CPD credit) on Thursday, December 22 at the PLSO office building conference room in Columbus.  Admission is $75 for PLSO members and $150 for Non-Members.  The sessions will be instructed by PLSO Executive Director Melinda Gilpin and include: State and Federal Legislative Updates, PLSO Organizational News, and “Things Ohio Surveyors Should Know”.  If you have not attended a similar session by Melinda in the last 6 months, changes to the session will permit you to count it toward CPD credit. CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF registration form, or REGISTER ONLINE with a credit card.

2017 Annual Conference

CLICK HERE for the 2017 Annual Conference Page.

More information being added daily

Registration form now available!

New Ohio Surveying News

CLICK HERE for the current issue of Ohio Surveying News


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