Surveying Students Earn Awards From Pennsylvania Land Surveyors' Foundation

Seven surveying students representing Penn State Wilkes-Barre received scholarships from the Pennsylvania Land Surveyors' Foundation, an affiliate of Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors, during the society's annual conference in Hershey on January 14th.

Scholarships totaling $9,500 were awarded to students currently enrolled or planning to enroll in two- or four-year surveying degree programs at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Awards were based on academic performance, extracurricular activity participation, career goals, and adviser recommendations. Individual scholarships ranged from $1,000 to $2,500.

The 2012-2013 winners were:

1st Place: $2,500, Ryan White, Royersford

2nd Place: $1,500, Eric Bogumil, Mountaintop

4th Place: $1,500, Taylor Shepley, Shamokin, Line Mountain High School (enrolling at Penn State Wilkes-Barre)

5th - 9th Place Section: $1,000, in alphabetical order: Matt Boozer; New Bethlehem, Greg Copelli; Kersey, Jessica Helman; Julian, Alexander Wood; Jeannette

The objective of the Foundation's program is to promote, improve, and encourage the profession and practice of land surveying in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania by providing financial assistance to individuals intending to pursue, or who are currently pursuing, an education in surveying with an ultimate goal of becoming practicing Professional Land Surveyors.

In addition to receiving the scholarships, three Penn State Wilkes-Barre students were also honored with winning the PSLS Student Paper Competition.

The 2012-2013 winners were:

1st Place: Jessica Helman, Public and Private Rights to PA Water Bodies

2nd Place: Eric Bogumil, Errors Related to GNSS Observations in Equatorial and Auroral Regions

3rd Place: David Blackman, Lancaster, How Gravity is Measured on Earth