Peter W. Blethen, L.S. Memorial Scholarship

The Peter W. Blethen, L.S. Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Peter Blethen. The scholarship is sponsored by the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS) and funded through the Minnesota Land Surveyors Foundation (MLS).

Peter Blethen was a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder and a dedicated employee of Bolton & Menk, Inc. for over 31 years until his retirement in 2014. Peter passed away on Friday, January 22, 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was a Registered Land Surveyor in both Minnesota and Iowa. Peter worked very hard in advancing survey technology within Bolton & Menk as well as in the surveying industry.

Throughout Peter’s career, he supported the MLS Foundation’s efforts. Peter believed there was no better way to promote the surveying profession than to support the surveying students in their educational pursuits. In 2002, he was the first owner of the prestigious MSPS Traveling Bearing Tree Trophy.

During his career, Peter was appointed the Nicollet County Surveyor in 1992 and continued to serve in that capacity until 2014. Peter was an active member of the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors, serving in multiple capacities including Chapter Secretary, Chapter Vice President and Chapter President. He served on the MSPS State Board as Secretary for 1 year, Director for 2 years and was the State President in 2003. In 2006, Peter was recognized for his contributions to the land surveying profession in Minnesota by being awarded the MSPS Surveyor of the Year Award. Peter served on the South Central College Civil Engineering Technology Advisory Committee and also the MNDOT Survey Technical Workshop Committee.

The Foundation is working with Peter’s family to determine a set of criteria for the Memorial Scholarship.

If you would like to dontate to the scholarship fund, send checks and/or correspondence to: 

MLS Foundation
c/o Dennis J. Purcell, PLS
1399 Wood Duck Trail
Shakopee, MN 55379-9430
[email protected] 

Make Checks Payable to: MLS Foundation – Please note for Blethen Memorial Scholarship. 

The Minnesota Land Surveyors Foundation is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit corporation.
A tax deduction receipt will be provided to the donor. 

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