Nicholls International Student Earns National Scholarship

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THIBODAUX, La. — A Nicholls geomatics junior has earned a scholarship from his field’s professional organization, the National Society of Professional Surveyors Foundation

Ashish Pandey, of Nepal, received the $2,000 Nettite Dracup Memorial Scholarship. 

“He is very studious, intelligent, hardworking and a quick learner,” said Dr. Balaji Ramachandran, T. Baker Smith endowed professor and assistant professor of geomatics. “Getting this prestigious National Society of Professional Surveyors scholarship shows the quality of our Nicholls Geomatics students.”

The scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement, the applicant’s statement, professional activities and a letter of recommendation. 

Panday previously received the $1,000 Geographic and Land information Society Scholarship. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in geomatics.

The foundation awards over $30,000 every year in scholarships to encourage and support college education in geospatial sciences. The organization serves as the voice of professional surveyors in the U.S. 

The Nicholls Geomatics Program aims to provide its graduates with professional surveying and mapping education. The program offers students unique research and outreach opportunities, often involving protecting the Louisiana coast. The field is listed as one of the top 3 emerging industries by the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education.

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