Sep 28, 2017

State Surveying Group Awards Scholarships to FVCC Students

Surveying Students
Left to right are Jeff Bell, president of the Northwest Chapter of MARLS, students Kevin Violette, Mitch Edgar, Sam Negron and Kristina Counts, and Kay Bell, executive administrator of MARLS.

The Montana Association of Registered Land Surveyors (MARLS) recently awarded scholarships to four FVCC surveying students. Jeff Bell, president of the Northwest Chapter of MARLS, and Kay McDonald, executive administrator of MARLS, presented the scholarships to the students during class on September 26.

The following students received scholarships: Kevin Violette, a second-year student from Great Falls, received the Donald Ebbutt scholarship for $1250; Mitch Edgar, a first-year student from Stevensville, received the Tiny Tillotson scholarship for $1000; Sam Negron, a first-year student from Columbia Falls, received the Roy Bandy scholarship for $1000; and Kristina Counts, a first-year student from West Glacier, received the James Hahn scholarship for $1000.  The scholarships were awarded in memory of Montana surveyors who dedicated their lives to the profession.

MARLS is a statewide organization of Montana licensed professional land surveyors committed to improving the quality of professional land surveying and land records in the state. Since 1989, MARLS has awarded more than $136,000 in scholarships, with the majority of the scholarships going to FVCC students.

FVCC offers the only surveying degree program in Montana. Graduates of FVCC’s program have one of the nation’s highest pass rates on the Land Surveyor Intern licensing exam.

For more information about FVCC’s two-year surveying program, visit or contact Dave Dorsett at (406) 756-3913 or