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.


2019 Annual Conference Registration Opens SOON

The PLSO 2019 Annual Conference will be held February 20 – 23, 2019 at the Hilton Columbus Easton Hotel, Columbus Ohio.  Registration forms and online registration will be available SOON – Save the dates!!

PLSO CPD Workshop – Nov 12 in Chillicothe

PLSO will host a one-day workshop with speaker Don Teter of WV on Monday, November 12 in Chillicothe, OH.

Mr. Teter will be covering two topics in this 8-hour day: The Relationship Between Boundary Law and Precise Survey Measurements: Stairway to Heaven or Pathway to Purgatory?  AND  Monumental Surveyors: Surveyors in Monumental Carvings, And Surveyors Working on Them



TSAB Workshop in Batavia Nov. 30

The Tri-State Surveyors Advisroy Board will offer a one-day workshop in Batavia, OH on Friday, Nov. 30 entitled “The Human Element of Surveying”.  Click here for details and registration information.

Fall Seminar Registration OPEN

Don’t forget the PLSO Fall Seminar will be held October 11-12 in Perrysburg, OH – hosted by the Toledo Chapter.  Visit the 2018 Fall Seminar page for info and registration forms today!  More info will be added soon!


NEW THIS YEAR – Thursday evening event – TRIVIA NIGHT!!!

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Winners of 2018 NCEES Surveying Education Award announced

University of Akron receives $25,000 grand prize

NCEES is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 NCEES Surveying Education Award. This annual award recognizes surveying programs that best reflect the organization’s mission to advance licensure for surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

NCEES awarded the University of Akron’s Surveying and Mapping program the $25,000 grand prize. Six additional prizes were awarded to qualifying programs to assist with each program’s continued efforts to promote the importance and value of surveying licensure. The award jury considered criteria such as student outcomes and involvement, outreach and recruitment, and the promotion of licensure. The award jury met June 28, 2018, in Clemson, South Carolina, to select the winners.

NCEES Surveying Education Award juror Glen Thurow, P.S, stated, “The University of Akron’s three-pronged approach to program growth is to invest in technology, scholarship support, and strategic marketing. This is an excellent example of how to position an institution for the future.”

The jury selected six programs to receive the following awards:

$15,000 winners :  Idaho State University; Oregon Institute of Technology; University of Maine

 $10,000 winners: Central New Mexico Community College; East Tennessee State University; Troy University

More information about the 2019 NCEES Surveying Education Award cycle will be posted at when available.

State Board Issues Notice Regarding C of A Renewals

Attention Certificate of Authorization Holders

Auto-generated delinquent notice emails were issued to all firms that have not submitted a renewal application or to firms that have renewal applications pending approval. If your firm has submitted a renewal application through the eLicense Portal, you may continue to practice until you hear otherwise from the Board. You will receive an email from the Board stating the additional documentation needed if your firm renewal application is incomplete. If your application is incomplete, your firm will be asked to cease and desist until the outstanding documentation is received. All completed applications will receive an approval email with the wall certificate once the application has been reviewed.

The Board has received approximately 1000 renewal applications in the last several business days and is working diligently to process all applications in a timely manner. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience as we work out the kinks of our new online system.

Chapter Golf Outings Announced

Several PLSO Chapters host golf outings each summer.  Information will be posted here as it is received.

Central Ohio Chapter – Friday, July 20

2018 Golf and Sponsorship Form


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