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PLSO in Search of Scholarship Committee Chair

17 May 2024 10:57 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)

Are you interested in making a very real impact on future land surveyors? We are currently looking for someone to take over chairing the Scholarship Committee. Daren Cone, our current chair, is looking to work with someone for awarding scholarships this year for an easy transition process. Please check out the volunteer duties below and contact Scott Freshwaters if you're interested.

The role of the Scholarshsip Committee requires about 8-16 hours per year, and includess:  

  • Work with auction committee on fund raising efforts for the scholarship fund (has included being the emcee for the live auction- but that’s not written policy anywhere)


  • Review current available funds for distribution from OCF and make request to board for current years scholarship fund amounts.
  • Review scholarship committee roster and confirm contact list with Oregon Community Foundation and confirm that conflict of interest policies are signed by all committee members.

Mid to late June

  • List of applicants is made available to committee members. 
  • The chair reaches out (by group email) to both the primary committee members and the oversight committee members to have the members review the applicant list and determine if any have a conflict of interest.
  • If any members declare a conflict of interest the chair determines if there are sufficient remaining members to move forward with the selection process.  If not the chair reaches out to find alternates to fill in for that years selection process and notifies OCF.
  • When there are sufficient members to move forward with the selection process the chair sets up virtual meetings with the primary selection committee first followed by the oversight committee.
  • Members of the primary selection committee rank the applicants independently before the committee meets.  At the primary committee meeting- the members review and discuss rankings and come to consensus on the rankings and then select recipients and award amounts. 
  • At the oversight committee meeting the scholarship chair reviews the recommendations made by the primary committee. The oversight committee can either approve the recommendations made by the primary committee or suggest changes for the primary committee to consider. (hasn’t happened yet)
  • Once consensus is reached by both committees the committee chair reports the scholarship recipients and award amounts to OSAC portal using the online distribution form and notifies the PLSO executive director.

Other duties of the scholarship chair:

  • Member recruitment for the primary and oversight committees
  • Review of scholarship questions and policies from the PLSO board or OCF/OSAC

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