AWWA Scholarships


Wolman winner

David Hanigan of Arizona State University was honored during AWWA's 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition as the recipient of the 2014 Abel Wolman Fellowship. Presenting the award were, from left, President John J. Donahue, Immediate Past President James A. Chaffee and AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance.

AWWA and its members recognize the importance of investing in students as the future of the water industry. AWWA supports students through discounted memberships and more than 14 scholarships, listed below. For additional information or if your company would like to sponsor an AWWA scholarship, email us or call 303.347.6201.

See the list of recent and past recipients

Section scholarships

AWWA Sections take a very active role in supporting students, distributing more than 40 scholarships to local students ranging from $100 to $1,000. These scholarships, also listed below, are in addition to the AWWA scholarships.

Abel Wolman Fellowship

Supports promising doctoral students in the U.S., Canada and Mexico pursuing advanced training and research in the field of water supply and treatment. 

2015 Wolman Fellowship Application Form 

Learn how you can support this fellowship.

 

Academic Achievement Award

The Academic Achievement Award encourages academic excellence by recognizing contributions to the field of public water supply. All masters thesis and doctoral dissertations that are relevant to the water supply industry are eligible. The manuscript must reflect the work of a single author and be submitted during the competition year in which it was submitted for the degree.

The deadline to apply is October 1 annually.

Doctoral Dissertation — First Place is $3,000 one-time award;Second Place is $1,500 one-time award
Masters Thesis — First Place is $3,000 one-time award; Second Place is $1,500 one-time award

2016 Academic Achievement Application Form 

AWWA Scholarships

Larson Aquatic Research Support (LARS) Scholarship

Provides support for doctoral and masters students interested in careers in the fields of corrosion control, treatment and distribution of domestic and industrial water supplies, aquatic chemistry, and/or environmental chemistry. Learn how you can help support this scholarship.
Specific Eligibility/Support:

  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding for two scholarships:
    • $5,000 for a master's student
    • $7,000 for a doctoral student
  • Additional judges will be provided by the Aquatic Chemistry Section of the Illinois State Water
    Survey

American Water Scholarship

Provides graduate level support to assist the development of professionals interested in service to the water industry.

Specific Eligibility/Support
  • Pursuing graduate degree (masters or doctoral)
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000

Black & Veatch - Building a World of Difference Scholarship

Provides support to an undergraduate student seeking a degree in the water industry.

Specific Eligibility/Support
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000

Carollo Engineers Scholarship

Provides support to a masters student engaging in water-energy nexus issues for water, wastewater or water use.

Specific Eligibility/Support
  • Pursuing master's degree
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $10,000.

Thomas R. Camp Scholarship

Sponsored by Camp Dresser and McKee, Inc., provides support to outstanding graduate students doing applied research in the drinking water field.

Specific Eligibility/Support
  • Pursuing graduate degree (masters or doctoral)
  • Judging criteria includes potential to provide leadership in applied research and consulting in the
    drinking water field
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000

Holly A. Cornell Scholarship

Sponsored by CH2M Hill, Inc. encourages and supports outstanding female and/or minority masters' students in pursuit of advanced training in the field of water supply and treatment.

Specific Eligibility/Support

  • Female and/or minority student (see application form for specifics) pursing master's degree
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $7,500.
  • CH2M Hill, Inc. will provide travel assistance to the AWWA conference where the award is presented

Hazen and Sawyer Scholarship

Provides support to a student seeking a master's degree in the water science field.

Specific Eligibility/Support
  • Pursuing master's degree
  • Judging criteria includes potential to provide leadership in applied research and consulting in the
    drinking water field
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000
  • Hazen and Sawyer will provide travel assistance to the AWWA conference, where the award is
    Presented

HDR/Henry "Bud" Benjes Scholarship

Provides support to a masters student seeking a degree in the water industry.

Specific Eligibility/Support
  • Pursuing master's degree
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000
  • HDR will provide travel assistance to the AWWA conference, where the award is presented.

ARCADIS Scholarship

Provides support to a masters or doctoral candidate student seeking a degree in the water industry.

Specific Eligibility/Support
  • Pursuing graduate degree (masters or doctoral)
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000
  • Judging criteria includes potential to provide leadership in the water service industry and pursuit of graduate work advancing the science and engineering of drinking water.

MWH Scholarship

Provides support to a masters student seeking a degree in the water industry.

Specific Eligibility/Support
  • Pursuing Master's degree
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000

Neptune Scholarship

This scholarship provides support to an undergraduate student seeking a degree in the water science field.
Support: $5,000 one-time grant

Charles "Chick" Roberts Scholarship

The scholarship sponsored by The Roberts Filter Group, provides an award to a student pursuing an undergraduate degree at a Pennsylvania college or university in the water science field.
Support: $5,000 one-time grant

Infilco Degremont/Vernon D. Lucy III Scholarship

Established in recognition of Vernon D. Lucy III's long career and involvement in the water industry as an employee and President of Infilco Degremont, Inc., and in appreciation of his many years of mentorship to young industry professionals.

Specific Eligibility/Support
  • Pursuing undergraduate degree in science or engineering; must be junior or senior level by academic year 2014-15
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000
  • Infilco Degremont, Inc. will provide travel assistance to the AWWA conference where the award is presented

Dave Caldwell Scholarship

Scholarship established in recognition of Brown and Caldwell co-founder Dave Caldwell, who made substantial contributions to engineering and technology in the drinking water field. One of his most notable achievements was the co-development of the Caldwell-Lawrence diagram, a classic water treatment tool. This scholarship has been established to benefit students pursuing an engineering degree in the drinking water field.

Specific Eligibility/Support:
  • Female and /or minority student (see application form for specifics) pursuing graduate degree
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $10,000.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in applied research and consulting in the drinking water field.


Section Scholarships

Alabama-Mississippi

Visit Alabama-Mississippi Section website or contact Section staff for more information.

Arizona

Arizona grants $14,000 worth of scholarships to students of Arizona colleges and community colleges. Contact Arizona Section Staff for more information.

Atlantic Canada

Lloyd Douglas Scholarships: Four $500 scholarships (one for each Atlantic Canadian province: NS, NB, NL, PEI). Applicant must be pursuing a university degree in engineering/science or college diploma in water/wastewater field.

Connecticut

One scholarship for children of CTAWWA Member. Second scholarship for up to $2,000 to a CTAWWA Student member. And thanks to the generosity of the Associates Committee and especially the Section Enhancers, applications are now being accepted for the CTAWWA Associates Committee Scholarship Programs for CTAWWA members or their children/dependents who have not previously been awarded a CTAWWA scholarship. High School seniors and students currently enrolled in an education program beyond the secondary level in a 2-year, 4-year or graduate program are eligible. Student members of CTAWWA are also eligible. Application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2015.

 

Florida

Each year, the Roy W. Likins Scholarship Committee awards a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $10,000 in scholarships. The scholarships are distributed in $1,000 or $2,000 increments to deserving Florida students, either in undergraduate or graduate school.

Georgia

  • The Georgia Section American Water Works Association awards two $1,500 non-renewable scholarships annually to members of GAWWA or their children. These scholarships are designated as follows: One scholarship will be awarded for studies at a four-year college or university and one scholarship will be awarded exclusively for studies at a vocational, technical or trade school.
  • The Georgia Association of Water Professionals maintains three separate scholarship funds. Each of these funds is intended to assist deserving students in their further training and education after high school. GAWP will award five $2,000 scholarships from this fund yearly, as follows: one Undergraduate Scholarship, two Frontline Undergraduate  Scholarships, one Graduate Scholarship and one H2Opportunity Undergraduate Scholarship.  
  • The William J. Greene Scholarship is for $2,000 and it is renewable for up to three years, contingent upon the student meeting established renewal criteria.
  • The Philip R. Karr, III Scholarship a $2,000 award and is renewable for one year, contingent upon the student meeting established renewal criteria.

Hawaii

The Hawaii Section Scholarship provides financial assistance to Section members and their dependents in the quest for higher education and to enourage academic and social excellence. Email Ken Ota for more information.

Illinois

Under the Safe Water Scholarships Program a total of up to $5,000 in scholarships is awarded each year to undergraduate students, graduate students (masters/doctoral candidates), adults pursuing continuing education, and high school students enrolled in a summer study program related to drinking water. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted into a water-related program for the academic year. Secondary education includes water system operator training programs, water-related technical school, community college, 4-year colled, Masters and Doctoral programs.

Indiana

Besozzi Youth Delegate Grant is used to send a young delegate(s) to an annual conference to gather water supply and water treatment information accented toward innovative and cost-control methods. Individuals working in water or interested in a career in water may apply. Grants cover conference registration and expenses.

Spaetti Youth Education Grants provide funding for education projects for any 3rd - 8th grade teacher of groups of teachers.

Intermountain

 

Four separate scholarships are available, including an Undergraduate Scholarship in science and engineering, a Graduate Scholarship in science and engineering, and a Diversity Scholarship to support an outstanding minority student in the field. Awards will be given in the amounts ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. Every applicant will also be awarded a one year subscription to Journal AWWA and a one year AWWA student membership.

The Section also awards the Eva Nieminski Honorary Graduate Scholarship to students enrolled in a graduate science or engineering program in the Intermountain West and whose research interests involved water quality, supply or treatment. Students who have been accepted into such a graduate program but have not begin coursework are also eligible.

Kansas

The Terry L. McKanna Scholarship is given to qualified students enrolled in an accredited college or university in Kansas taking courses related to civil or environmental engineering or environmental science with emphasis on water works careers.

Kentucky-Tennessee

Section Scholarship awarded to eligible students pursuing a degree related to the water/wastewater sector.

 

Michigan

  • The Faust Scholarship was established to promote the pursuit of advanced education by water utility employees. All Michigan water utility employees and their dependents are eligible as well as individuals pursuing a water utility career. The scholarship award is based on demonstrated dedication to the water supply industry and to the pursuit of a college or associate degree in the drinking water field.
  • The High School Scholarship is for all applicants who meet the Application and Eligibility Requirements; they will be given an equal chance to receive the award. Two (2) $1,000 scholarships are available each year.

Minnesota

The Section awards an Advanced Degree Scholarship and scholarships to individuals to attend the annual AWWA Water Utility Management Institute. Learn more.

Missouri

The J. R. Popalisky Scholarship Fund for qualified students enrolled in an accredited college or university in Missouri. Qualifying curriculum for the scholarship applicants includes courses related to civil or environmental engineering or environmental science with emphasis on career fields associated with water supply. The JRPSF will consider applications for one or more scholarships per year in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000). The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage enrollment in educational studies related to career fields associated with water supply.

Montana

Montana Section of AWWA and Montana Water Environment Association are equal partners in offering the Don G. Willems Scholarship. One or two scholarships ($1,000) are offered annually to students, whose course work leads to employment in the water and wastewater fields, which are highly diverse, including specialization in water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collection, water resources, watershed protection, groundwater remediation and many other sub disciplines, including for example, the study of waterborne disease.

Nebraska

The Colonel Theodore A. Leisen Memorial and Training Endowment Fund encourages water industry professionals to obtain additional training and encourage graduate students to choose the water industry as their field of work. Deadline for applications is September 1.

New England

  • George E. Watters - In memory of George E. Watters. Awards $5,000 to a civil engineering student.
  • Francis X. Crowley - In memory of Francis X. Crowley, who made a large contribution to NEWWA. Awards $3,000 to a civil or environmental engineering or business management student.
  • Elson T. Killam - Using funds from a bequest Elson T. Killam left to NEWWA in 1989, this scholarship awards $1,500 to a civil or environmental engineering student.
  • The Michael Garofano Memorial Scholarship ($1,500) – Civil engineering, environmental engineering, or a water operations or related science-program.
  • Knowlton Operator's Scholarship - Awards scholarships to operators for training at the NEWWA facility or other institutions when budgetary constraints eliminate the opportunity for some to attend training for certification, advancement or professional development.
  • Joseph A. Murphy - In memory of Joseph A. Murphy, this scholarship awards $1,500 to a civil or environmental engineering or a business or related science-program student.
  • NEWWA – An additional scholarship awarded to students, regardless of their field of study, with preference given to those programs related to the water works profession.

Read more and Contact Section staff for more information.

New Jersey

The Drinking Water Careers Scholarship, for graduate, junior and senior undergraduate students. The scholarship will be provided for one academic year in the amount of $1,500.

New York

The New York Section has several scholarships:

  • John A. Biros Scholarship. John dedicated 31 consecutive years of volunteer service to the Section Board of Governors, and stepped down as the Section’s Assistant Secretary-Treasurer (a position he held since 1980) at the conclusion of the 2004 Annual Meeting. This $1,500 scholarship was created to honor John’s active involvement as an AWWA member and his dedication to the water industry as a whole.
  • John C. Robbins and Hazen & Sawyer - Walter B. Sinnott Scholarships (undergraduate). The $1,500 John C. Robbins Scholarship and the $2,500 Walter B. Sinnott Scholarship are awarded on the basis of merit and character to a full-time, post-secondary school student enrolled in a program of study in the water supply field that leads to a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the United States. Preference is given to applicants whose courses of study are considered to be beneficial to water works practice in New York State (such as engineering design, utility management or regulation or treatment plant operation).
  • O'Brien & Gere - Russell L. Sutphen Graduate Scholarship. One $1,500 scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit and character to an individual who is a full-time graduate student currently enrolled in a program of study in the water supply field that leads to a master's or higher degree at an accredited college or university in the United States. Preference is given to applicants whose courses of study are considered to be beneficial to water works practice in New York State (such as engineering design, utility management or regulation or treatment plant operation).
  • Plant/Distribution System Operations Scholarship. Four $500 scholarships will be awarded. These scholarships are awarded to an individual based on merit. Funds must be used for water system operator courses or attendance at the Annual New York Water Event.

North Carolina

The NC Safewater Endowment Program awards more than $12,000 in scholarships and grants annually. 

The Carol Bond Memorial Scholarship was created by the North Carolina American Water Works Association and Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA) in cooperation with employees of the City of Raleigh, NC. This scholarship is to commemorate the late Carol Bond and her life-long devotion to environmental education.

Ohio

The Ohio Section grants three scholarships a year. Applicants must be an Ohio student attending an accredited institution of higher learning during the scholarship year, in a water industry related program (i.e. science, engineering, management, computer information systems or other water related fields). Contact Section Staff for more information.

Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest Section has 12 Scholarship Awards. PNWS members and their families are encouraged to apply. In addition, Tte Section receives generous support from Ameron International and Kelman Publishing for additional scholarships. In 2014, the Section provided a total of $24,000 in scholarship funds to 10 students. For more information, contact the Sponsorship Chair.

Pennsylvania

The David A. Long Scholarship. Students pursuing degree in engineering, biology, chemistry, business administration or other field which may lead to a career in the water supply industry. Must be attending a Pennsylvania college or maintain a permanent. Provides $2000 Scholarship for a college junior, senior or graduate student. Student must be pursuing or planning to residence in Pennsylvania. For more information contact Russ Williams.

Rocky Mountain

  • Small System Management Scholarship. Given to a supervisory or management professional working in a small or medium-sized utility to attend the AWWA Management Institute at the University of Utah.
  • James B. Warner Water Studies Scholarship. Given to encourage young professionals to seek higher education in a water-related field in honor of James B. Warner. Given to students who are at least a Junior in college pursuing a water related field.
  • James B. Warner Associate's Scholarship
    The James B. Warner Associate Scholarship was developed by RMSAWWA to encourage operator’s seeking to complete their associate’s degree in a water-related field.  The scholarship is for $1,000 and is given annually by RMSAWWA.

South Carolina

The Legacy of Learning Scholarships were established to support young people who are interested in pursuing a career in the water industry.

South Dakota

The Section sponsors a $500 scholarship for section members or their children.

 

 

Southwest

The Memorial Scholarship Fund awards annual scholarships of $1,000 each. Applicant must be a son, daughter or legal ward of an active member of the Southwest Section of AWWA. Applicant must be a high school graduate or a college undergraduate. There is no geographic restriction on the college to be attended. The scholarships are intended for academic study, not trade or vocational schools.

Texas

The Texas Section AWWA is committed to the support of higher education through the Texas Section AWWA Scholarship Program. The program is open to the children of Texas Section members or members who have returned to full time education. Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors or students already enrolled in college or postgraduate work. Applicants must be full time students.

The Section also offers the Alan Plummer Associates/TAWWA Scholarship.

Virginia

The Virginia Section offers five scholarships:

  • Ray A Jackson Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Non-Engineering/Science Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Graduate Student Scholarship
  • Operators Scholarship
  • WaterJAM Student Scholarship

More information and forms are available on the Virginia Section website

West Virginia

Lewis V. Carpenter Scholarship Fund. Three (3) $1,000 scholarships for eligible freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate level students interested in the water supply profession. Contact Chairman, Lewis V. Carpenter Scholarship Fund.

Western Canada

Wisconsin

The Section has three levels of scholarships available:

  • Category 1 - University Student – One $750 Scholarship.
  • Category 2 - Technical School Student – One $500 Scholarship.
  • Category 3 - Son/Daughter of WWA Member – Two $500 Scholarships

More information is available on the Wisconsin Section website.