$1000 Scholarship

Delwyn Clyde Rasmussen "Rass" PLS 2689 was born in Ferron, UT in 1917. During WWII, he worked for the weather station in close relationship with the U.S. Military. After the war years, he moved to the Monterey Peninsula where he began working with companies that "chain the land." He soon opened his own land surveying company. He was a surveyor, owner and consultant well into his 80s. Rass and his company were well-known for their honesty, integrity and professionalism.

One of his most complex projects was the 1978 Official Map of the Custom House Redevelopment Project in Monterey; the street layouts there were originally determined by the "best fit" between the old adobes. This project turned a blighted area into the present Custom House Plaza with the traffic tunnel below. Rass kept his license current after retirement; he had the lowest PLS number among all of the active licenses issued in California. He remarkably lived his last eight years "off the grid" taking care of the land and a collection of animals. Rass passed away at the age of 99 in March 2017. He set a fine example for many of us, and will be very much missed.

Candidates will be selected by applying the following preferences as listed in order of importance:

  • A current or former resident of Monterey, San Benito, or Santa Cruz County.
  • A student member of a chapter of CLSA in good standing. A student member in good standing will be as defined in current Chapter Bylaws.
  • A student who has demonstrated an interest in surveying/geomatics.