Nicholls geomatics program receives $100,000 for endowed scholarship

The geomatics program at Nicholls State University has received $100,000 to establish the “Jules Oreste Chustz Memorial Student Endowed Scholarship,” named in memory of the late child of Jimmy Chustz of Chustz Surveying Inc.

Contributions include $50,000 from Chustz Surveying Inc., $25,000 from the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors and $25,000 from the Contractors Educational Trust Fund. Pictured are Dr. David Boudreaux, vice president for institutional advancement; Dr. Terry J. Dantin, professor of geomatics; Chustz; Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president; Dr. Badiollah Asrabadi, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Balaji Ramachandran, coordinator and associate professor of geomatics and Contractors Educational Trust Fund Endowed Professor. Ramachandran said the ultimate goal is a $250,000 endowed scholarship, offering 20 annual awards of $1,000 each to Nicholls geomatics students. The geomatics program, which prepares students for careers as land surveyors, construction surveyors, mappers and planners, is one of a kind in Louisiana. For additional information about the program, accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission, go to