History of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors Scholarship Foundation
In 1978 NJSPLS was formed by eight Professional Land Surveyors meeting in a restaurant in Hightstown, New Jersey. The only representation that surveyors had at that time was the Land Surveyors Functional Section of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers. The two organizations coexisted for a short time. The growth of NJSPLS made it obvious that there should be only one voice for the profession. The growing Society needed a permanent headquarters and staff, as well as a lobbyist in Trenton to monitor the legislative interest of land surveyors. In 1983, NJSPE agreed to disband the Land Surveyors Functional Section. The Section’s treasury was split, half went directly to NJSPLS and half was to go to a scholarship fund operating under the auspices of NJSPLS and NJSPE. The agreements were finalized at our Conference in 1983. The Scholarship Fund was established and a committee was organized to administer the funds.
Over the years, the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors Scholarship Foundation has received donations from individual professionals, including fees earned by several generous professionals for their preparation of the State specific, Land Surveyors examinations for licensure. Significant additional funds have been contributed over the years, made by or on behalf of prominent land surveying professionals. An $8,000.00 fund was established in memory of John Hirth, PLS, a $5,000.00 fund was established in memory of James Manalio, PE, PLS and a $500.00 fund was established by Thomas J. Sharp & Associates.
Awards are made annually by the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors Scholarship Foundation to individuals pursuing careers in the surveying profession. The annual scholarship amount(s) granted from these funds is based on the interest earned by the invested principal. The original principal in these funds remains untouched. The Foundation receives significant funding from proceeds of the Annual NJSPLS Auction and Golf Outing. Combining these annual sources with the earned interest on the core funds has permitted the Foundation to award substantial scholarships year after year. Several Chapters of NJSPLS fund and award scholarships as well. Separate scholarship application should be made to the chapters. Presentation of scholarships is made by the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors Scholarship Foundation annually prior to commencement of the Fall Semester.
Scholarship applications are due March 1.