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American Congress on Surveying & Mapping

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941. Its goal is to improve the techniques and expand the knowledge of surveying and mapping to help those who use and make maps worldwide. This educational organization strives to develop academic programs and support technical and professional publications geared toward surveying and mapping.

The ACSM is composed of four member organizations. These organizations are independent, incorporated associations which include over 5,000 professionals from a variety of businesses such as academic institutions, government agencies, and private industries. The four member organizations are: American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS); Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CAGIS); Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS); and, National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). Each member organization serves its own members and their interests and works with the ACSM to reach their goals.

As part of their goal to reach out to students nationwide, the ACSM offers a scholarship program to support the financial needs of students seeking higher education in the field of surveying and mapping. To assist licensed professionals, the ACSM also offers certification programs in specific areas of surveying and geomatics education. This article touches upon the scholarship program and what it has to offer students in this field.

American Congress on Surveying and Mapping: Scholarship Program

The scholarship program offered through the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping is made possible with the help of its member organizations to recognize and encourage outstanding surveying and mapping students.
To apply for the following scholarships, candidates must complete and submit an application form and mail it to: Dawn James, ACSM Scholarships and Awards, 6 Montgomery Village Ave., Ste. 403, Gaithersburg, MD 20879. NOTE: Faxed or emailed applications will be discarded. Application deadline is in November.

  • Berntsen International Scholarship in Surveying Technology: This award is given to a qualifying student enrolled in a 2-year program pursuing a degree in surveying technology. Amount awarded is $500.
  • AAGS Graduate Fellowship Award: This award is offered to graduate students enrolled in a graduate program in geodetic surveying, or geodesy. Sponsored by the American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS), this fellowship awards the recipient $2,000. Preference is given to candidates with a minimum of two years of surveying work experience.
  • AAGS Joseph F. Dracup Scholarship Award: Geared toward candidates enrolled in a four-year degree program in surveying or related area of study, such as surveying engineering, or geomatics. Amount awarded is $2,000. Preference is given to candidates with career interest in geodetic surveying.
  • Berntsen International Scholarship in Surveying: This award is designed for students enrolled in four-year degree programs in surveying or a related field. Sponsored by the Bertsen International Inc., of Madison, Wisconsin, this scholarship awards $1,500.
  • NSPS Scholarships: Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded to qualifying students enrolled in a four-year degree program in surveying or related field. Sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors, this scholarship is designed to recognize student excellence. Candidates must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree surveying program.
  • Nettie Dracup Memorial Scholarship: Awards two $2,000 scholarships to qualifying undergraduate students enrolled in a four-year program in geodetic surveying at an accredited institution.
  • The Schonstedt Scholarships in Surveying: Sponsored by the Schonstedt Instrument Company of West Virginia, two $1,500 scholarships are awarded to qualifying students enrolled in a four-year degree program in surveying or related field. Preference is given to students in their junior or senior year. Included with this award is a free magnetic locator donated to the recipient’s school surveying program.
  • ACSM Fellows Scholarship: One $2,000 award is given to a student in their junior year or higher enrolled in a degree program in any ACSM discipline.

The following scholarships are administered by the NSPS Foundation, Inc., and are eligible to students enrolled in two- or four-year surveying degree programs, attending full-time, or part-time. To apply for these scholarships, candidates must complete and submit an application form, proof of ACSM membership, a personal statement, three letters of recommendation, and official transcript. All documents should be included in one envelope and mailed to: Dawn James, ACSM Scholarships and Awards, 6 Montgomery Village Ave., Ste. 403, Gaithersburg, MD 20879. NOTE: Faxed or emailed applications will be discarded. Application deadline is in November.

  • The Cady McDonnell Memorial Scholarship: This award is designed especially for a female student enrolled in a surveying program. Applicant must reside in one of the following states to apply: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming, Washington, Nevada, California, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska, Arizona, or Hawaii. Candidates must submit proof of residency with their application. Award amount is $1,000.
  • NSPS Board of Governors Scholarship: This $1,000 scholarship is designed for junior level students enrolled in a four-year surveying program. Applicants must possess a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • The Lowell H. and Dorothy Loving Undergraduate Scholarship: This $2,500 scholarship is offered to junior or senior level students enrolled in a four-year degree program at a U.S. institution. Applicants must have completed a minimum of two courses in geometric geodesy, land surveying, analysis and design of spatial measurement systems, or photogrammetry/remote sensing.
  • Tri State Surveying and Photogrammetry Kris M. Kunze Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is designed as a three-tier award. First consideration goes to professional land surveyors or certified photogrammetrists, next consideration goes to land survey interns, and finally, last consideration goes to students enrolled in two-or four-year surveying programs. Applicants must be taking business administration or business management courses, or pursuing studies in one of these business fields.

American Congress on Surveying and Mapping Scholarship Program: Things to Note

All ACSM scholarships fall into numbered categories. Students applying for category 3 scholarships may select more than one on the application form. Be sure to read the fine print so nothing is missed.

There are several scholarships, awards, and competitions offered through the member organization, CAGIS, for which ACSM members qualify. For details on these awards, go to the CAGIS website.

Contact the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping

American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
6 Montgomery Village Ave., Ste. 403
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
PH: (240) 632-9716
FAX: (240) 632-1321
www.acsm.net

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