Foundation Scholarships and Programs



Please Note - All communications regarding SAMSEF Scholarships should be directed to:        SAMSOGFoundation@gmail.com

Message to scholarship applicants:  Effective for the year 2020, scholarship applications for all yearly scholarships will be accepted until May 15th, 2020.  Scholarships will be awarded in July, 2020, for the 2020-2021 academic school year.


SAMSEF maintains several scholarships designed to encourage and financially assist students seeking education in the field of land surveying.  Below is a summary of our scholarships.   

Ben W. Fortson Scholarship
$ 3,000 per year


SAMSEF manages the Ben W. Fortson Scholarship fund. This fund was established in 1980 by SAMSOG and is named in memory of Ben W. Fortson. Ben W. Fortson was a longtime and devoted Secretary of State and Surveyor General for the State of GA. This scholarship is primarily devoted to benefit those students pursuing their degree in land surveying. Through the years, this fund has benefited many students with financial assistance as they endeavored to further educate themselves in land surveying.  One student per year is selected for this scholarship.

SAMSEF Regional Scholarships
$3000.00 per year
(Five Scholarships)


SAMSEF has established five regional scholarships to support degree seeking land surveying students throughout the state of GA.  The recipient of this scholarship must be a resident of GA and pursuing a career in land surveying and a degree in land surveying or a related field of study that includes sufficient hours to take the SI exam upon graduation at an accredited college acceptable to the trustees of SAMSEF.  This scholarship will be made available to students at any level of higher education, including students entering college as a freshman.  Applicants must submit appropriate information supporting their worthiness for the scholarship with their application, including high school grade transcripts, college transcripts, related projects, and essays.   
Click here to apply online for The Ben W. Fortson Scholarship or the SAMSEF Regional Scholarships...

(Link will be active February 2020)

SAMSEF Technical Scholarships
250.00 per semester 
(Six Scholarships)


SAMSEF established the SAMSEF TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIP in 2015, in memory and/or honor of those dedicated surveyors in Georgia who have pursued a lifelong commitment to learning and serving the public in the highest of professional services in surveying and mapping. The SAMEF TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIP was established to financially assist students pursuing education in the land surveying profession but are not enrolled in a formal associate or bachelor degree program related to the profession.
Click here to apply online for The SAMSEF Technical Scholarship

(Link will be active February 2020)