AWWA Scholarships

About AWWA Scholarships

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 17 scholarships, listed below. For additional information or if your company would like to sponsor an AWWA scholarship call 303.347.6201.

ACE20 Scholarship Winners Announced

Every year at ACE we recognize those students and professionals who have made a profound impact to AWWA and the water industry. This year looks a bit different since we cancelled ACE20 due to COVID-19 but we've still found many ways to recognize this year's scholarship winners. Browse the scholarship winners for 2020 below or replay one of our virtual recognition events. 

Virtual Recognition Event for Research Scholarships

Virtual Recognition Event for Corporate Sponsored Scholarships

Virtual Recognition Event for Water-related studies and One AWWA Operator Scholarships



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AWWA SCHOLARSHIPS

Applications are open now through December 21, 2020.

Please see Section Scholarships below for additional opportunities with varying deadlines. For additional questions please contact us.

Answers to frequently asked questions.



AECOM

The AECOM $5,000 academic scholarship funds a graduate student pursuing an engineering degree in innovative solutions to improve drinking water in urban communities.

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American Water Scholarship

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. This $5,000 scholarship provides funding to a graduate level student.

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Arcadis Scholarship

Arcadis offers a $5,000 scholarship to a student pursing a masters or doctoral degree in water science or engineering. Our ideal scholarship recipient is an emerging leader who can tell the story of how her/his/their field of study improves quality of life for all people.

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AWWA Abel Wolman Fellowship

This Fellowship is named after Dr. Abel Wolman.  The endowment was established to assist highly qualified students who continue meaningful research in water supply through doctoral programs. This award of excellence recognizes those whose careers in the water sector exemplify vision, creativity, and excellent professional performance characteristic of Abel Wolman's long and productive career. The initial award for one year is $30,000, with a second year of support available if needed.

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AWWA Larson Aquatic Research Support Scholarships

AWWA administers the LARS scholarships annually to honor the memory of Dr. Thurston E. Larson. The scholarships provide support and encouragement to outstanding graduate students preparing for careers in the fields of science or engineering to which Dr. Larson made significant contributions. These endowed scholarships provide support for two students annually. The funding for a master’s level student, the funding is $5,000 and a doctoral student receives $7,000.

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Carollo Engineers Bryant L. Bench Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Carollo Engineers' Water Practice Director Bryant Bench, who combined elegant engineering with innovative concepts like managed filtration to improve drinking water quality for millions across the country. Bryant also valued people, setting benchmarks to care for, trust, and learn from those with and for whom he worked.

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Charles “Chick” Roberts Scholarship

This $5,000 scholarship offered by Roberts Filter Group recognizes a student attending a Pennsylvania college or university and studying water technologies.

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CDM Smith Thomas R. Camp Scholarship

CDM Smith honors co-founder Dr. Thomas R. Camp with this $5,000 scholarship to encourage outstanding graduate students conducting applied research in the drinking water field.

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Dave Caldwell Scholarship

Established in recognition of Brown and Caldwell co-founder Dave Caldwell. This $5,000 scholarship funds a female and/or minority graduate level student pursuing an engineering degree in the drinking water field.

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Denver Water Centennial Scholarship

In celebration of its over 100 year serving Colorado residents,  Denver water provides a $5,000 scholarship for any student who has serious interest in the fields of water delivery, water quality, water reclamation or water reuse.

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Dr. Philip C. Singer Scholarship

This award was established in 2020 in honor of Dr. Philip C. Singer to recognize an outstanding graduate student pursuing research on topics related to drinking water quality, environmental science, and public health. The scholarship will provide $3,000 to a student who is pursuing research that will provide actionable and timely outcomes to address current challenges faced by the water industry.

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Gannett Fleming Forces of Change Scholarship

Gannett Fleming is proud to offer a $5,000 academic scholarship to an undergraduate or master’s-level engineering student who has a passion for engineering the future of the water industry, is willing to accept an internship, and is seeking a career in California, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or Washington, DC.

There is a simple truth that underpins the importance of our outreach to you, the next generation of water professionals: you will solve the most pressing infrastructure issues of our time. We’re proud to partner with you.

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Hazen and Sawyer Scholarship

Hazen and Sawyer sponsors this scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to benefit a student seeking a master’s degree in the water science field.

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HDR One Water Institute Scholarship

HDR’s One Water Institute Scholarship drives water innovations through applied research. This $10,000 funding assists a graduate student work toward a degree and to conduct research in the water science field.

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Jacobs/CH2M Holly A. Cornell Scholarship

The Holly A. Cornell Scholarship created in 1990 and sponsored by Jacobs/CH2M honors co-founder Holly A. Cornell to encourage and support outstanding female and/or minority students pursuing advanced training in the field of water supply and treatment. This scholarship is in the amount of $10,000.

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Mueller Continuing Education Scholarship

Mueller Water Products scholarship awards $5,000 to a student employee by a utility who is seeking an undergraduate degree.

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Neptune Technology Group Scholarship

Neptune Technology Group, Inc. supports a $5,000 scholarship for an undergraduate student seeking a degree in mechanical electrical, computer or software engineering.

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Raftelis Leadership Scholarship

Raftelis aims to support and grow relationships with promising students who have an interest in becoming problem solvers for local governments and municipal water utilities by offering two $5,000 scholarships. Students who have a major in business, finance, communications, public affairs, economics, marketing, and government relations are aligned with the types of majors many of our employees have. 

We seek to assist well-rounded students with initiative and experience that they would like to share with our company and our clients. Students with diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. These scholarship includes the potential for mentoring and an internship.

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Stantec Scholarship

Stantec sponsors this $10,000 scholarship to assist a student enrolled in a research-based program (Masters or Ph.D.) in the area of water treatment science and engineering.

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SUEZ - Water Technologies & Solutions Vernon D. Lucy III Scholarship

The Vernon D. Lucy III Scholarship was established to honor his lengthy career and involvement in the water industry and many years of mentorship to young industry professionals. 

Sponsored by SUEZ - Water Technologies & Solutions, this scholarship provides $5,000 for an undergraduate student seeking a degree in science or engineering and of his mentorship to young industry professionals.

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Woodard & Curran Scholarship

The Woodard & Curran Scholarship established in 2017 supports a female or minority student seeking a master’s degree in engineering in the amount of $5,000.

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WRT Scholarships

James Houston Memorial Scholarship sponsored by WRT funds three $5,000 scholarships for students pursuing a certification, an Associates or Bachelors degree in water and/or wastewater studies.

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SECTION SCHOLARSHIPS

AWWA Sections take a very active role in supporting students, distributing more than 40 scholarships to local students ranging from $100 to $5,000. These scholarships, listed below, are in addition to the AWWA scholarships. Sections are also supporting the new One AWWA Operator Scholarship, funded by Water Equation and Section scholarship funds.

Alabama

Alabama is part of the Alabama-Mississippi Section. Each year, the Alabama-Mississippi Section awards the Academic & Advanced Licensure/Training Scholarship up to a dozen recipients. 

Alaska

Alaska is part of the Alaska Section. Each year, Alaska awards the Water Equation Scholarship and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. Each scholarship has two recipients awarded $1,000 each. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Alaska Section website.

Alberta

Alberta is part of the Western Canada Section. Each year, the Western Canada Section awards 3 recipients $500 through the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Western Canada website

Arizona

Arizona is part of the Arizona Section. The Arizona Section awards the AZ Water Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship details, visit the Arizona Section website

Arkansas

Arkansas is part of the Southwest Section. Each year, the Southwest Section awards multiple recipients up $1,000 through the Southwest Section Memorial Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Southwest Section website

British Columbia

British Columbia is part of the British Columbia Section. Contact the British Columbia Section staff for questions and comments regarding scholarship availability.

California

California is part of the California-Nevada Section. Each year, the California-Nevada Section awards more than $20,000 in scholarships (2 graduate scholarships, 4 undergraduate, and 2 operator scholarships). To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the California-Nevada website.

 

Colorado

Colorado is part of the Rocky Mountain Section. Each year, the Rocky Mountain Section awards up to $4,000 through the James B. Warner scholarship and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Rocky Mountain Section website

Connecticut

Connecticut is part of the Connecticut Section. The Connecticut Section offers a Waterworks Career Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Connecticut Section website

Delaware

Delaware is part of the Chesapeake Section. Contact the Chesapeake Section staff for questions and comments regarding scholarship availability.

District of Columbia

District of Columbia is part of the Chesapeake Section. Contact the Chesapeake Section staff for questions and comments regarding scholarship availability.

Florida

Florida is part of the Florida Section. Each year, the Florida Section awards the Roy W. Likins Scholarship to up to 10 recipients and up 6 recipients the Operator Grant Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Florida Section website

Georgia

Georgia is part of the Georgia Section. Each year, the Georgia Section awards a high school student and a college student $1,500 each. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Georgia Section scholarship.

Guam

Guam is part of the Hawaii Section. Each year the Hawaii Section awards 2 students with the $2,000 Student Scholarship and 2 operators the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Hawaii Section website

Hawaii

Hawaii is part of the Hawaii Section. Each year the Hawaii Section awards 2 students with the $2,000 Student Scholarship and 2 operators the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Hawaii Section website

Idaho

Idaho is divided among 3 Sections dependent on zip code. Visit here to find your Section.

Illinois

Illinois is part of the Illinois Section. Each year, the Illinois Section awards up to $10,000 through three scholarships: the Outreach Safe Water Scholarship, the One AWWA Operator Scholarship, and Illinois Public Service (IPSI) Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Illinois Section website

Indiana

Indiana is part of the Indiana Section. Each year, the Indian Section awards the Besozzi Grant for complimentary attendance to their annual conference and up to 5 recipients are awarded the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Indiana Section website

Iowa

Iowa is part of the Iowa Section. There are currently no scholarships offered by this Section. Contact the Iowa Section staff for questions and comments.

Kansas

Kansas is part of the Kansas Section. Each year, the Kansas Section awards the Terry L. McKanna Scholarship and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship to 2 recipients each. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Kansas Section website

Kentucky

Kentucky is part of the Kentucky-Tennessee Section. Each year, the Kentucky-Tennessee Section awards the One AWWA Operator Scholarship to 2 recipients. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Kentucky-Tennessee Section website

Louisiana

Louisiana is part of the Southwest Section. Each year, the Southwest Section awards multiple recipients up $1,000 through the Southwest Section Memorial Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Southwest Section website

Maine

Maine is part of the New England Section. Each year, the New England Section awards six recipients through the following scholarships: George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship, Francis X. Crowley Scholarship, Student Scholarships, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarships. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the New England Section website

Manitoba

Manitoba is part of the Western Canada Section. Each year, the Western Canada Section awards three recipients $500 through the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Western Canada website

Maryland

Maryland is part of the Chesapeake Section. Contact the Chesapeake Section staff for questions and comments regarding scholarship availability. >

Massachusetts

Massachusetts is part of the New England Section. Each year, the New England Section awards six recipients through the following scholarships: George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship, Francis X. Crowley Scholarship, Student Scholarships, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarships. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the New England Section website

Mexico

Mexico is part of the Mexico Section. There are currently no scholarships offered by this Section. Contact the Mexico Section staff for questions and comments.

Michigan

Michigan is part of the Michigan Sections. Each year, the Michigan Section awards the Faust Scholarship, the Freshman Scholarship, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Michigan Section website

Minnesota

Minnesota is part of the Minnesota Section. Each year, the Minnesota Section awards up to 12 recipients through the following scholarships: Advanced Degree Scholarship, Community College Scholarship, Water Utility Management Institute Scholarship, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Minnesota Section website

Mississippi

Mississippi is part of the Alabama-Mississippi Section. Each year, the Alabama-Mississippi Section awards the Academic & Advanced Licensure/Training Scholarship up to a dozen recipients. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Alabama-Mississippi Section website.

Missouri

Missouri is part of the Missouri Section. Each year, the Missouri Section awards the $1,000 J. R. Popalisky Scholarship to one more recipient. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Missouri Section website.

Montana

Montana is part of the Montana Section. Each year, the Montana Section awards the $1,000 Don G. Willems Scholarship to up to 2 recipients. Additionally, the Montana Section has two Operator Scholarships: the One AWWA Scholarship and the Operator’s Training Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Montana Section website

Nebraska

Nebraska is part of the Nebraska Section. Each year, the Nebraska Section awards 3 recipients $500 each from the Colonel Theodore A. Leisen Memorial and Training Endowment Fund. To learn more about the Section and scholarship, visit the Nebraska Section website.

Nevada

Nevada is part of the California-Nevada Section. Each year, the California-Nevada Section awards more than $20,000 in scholarships (2 graduate scholarships, 4 undergraduate, and 2 operator scholarships). To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the California-Nevada website.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick is part of the Atlantic Canada Section. Each year, the Atlantic Canada Section awards up to eight people the following scholarships: the Bill Butler Scholarship, the Craig Kelman & Associates Scholarship, the Lloyd Douglas Scholarship, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Atlantic Canada website

New Hampshire

New Hampshire is part of the New England Section. Each year, the New England Section awards six recipients through the following scholarships: . To learn more about the Section and scholarships, visit the New England Section website

New Jersey

New Jersey is part of the New Jersey Section. Each year, the New Jersey Section awards three recipients the Student Scholarships, up to $5,000, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and scholarships, visit the New Jersey Section website.

New Mexico

New York

New York is part of the New York Section. Each year, the New York Section awards multiple scholarships to eligible undergraduate and graduate students, as well as operators.  To learn more about the Section and scholarships, visit the New York Section website.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador is part of the Atlantic Canada Section. Each year, the Atlantic Canada Section awards up to eight people the following scholarships: the Bill Butler Scholarship, the Craig Kelman & Associates Scholarship, the Lloyd Douglas Scholarship, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Atlantic Canada website

North Carolina

North Carolina is part of the North Carolina Section. Each year, the North Carolina Section awards up 14 people from a mix of Community, University and College scholarships and the One AWWA Scholarship. Learn more about scholarships offered by the North Carolina Section.

North Dakota

North Dakota is part of the North Dakota Section. There are currently no scholarships offered by this Section. Contact the North Dakota Section staff for questions and comments.

Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories are part of the Western Canada Section.  Each year, the Western Canada Section awards three recipients $500 through the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Western Canada website.

Nova Scotia

Novia Scotia is part of the Atlantic Canada Section. Each year, the Atlantic Canada Section awards up to eight people the following scholarships: the Bill Butler Scholarship, the Craig Kelman & Associates Scholarship, the Lloyd Douglas Scholarship, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Atlantic Canada website

Nunavut

Nunavut is part of the Western Canada Section. Each year, the Western Canada Section awards three recipients $500 through the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Western Canada website.

Ohio

Ohio is part of the Ohio Section. Each year, the Ohio Section awards 5 recipients funds from the Advanced Degree/Continuing Education Scholarship and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Ohio Section website.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma is part of the Southwest Section. Each year, the Southwest Section awards multiple recipients up $1,000 through the Southwest Section Memorial Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Southwest Section website.

Ontario

Ontario is part of the Ontario Section. Contact the Ontario Section staff for questions and comments regarding scholarship availability.

Oregon

Oregon is part of the Pacific Northwest Section. Each year, the Pacific Northwest Section awards up to 14 different scholarships to eligible recipients. To learn more about the Section and scholarship, visit the Pacific Northwest Section website.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is part of the Pennsylvania Section. Each year, the Pennsylvania Section awards the David A. Long Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and scholarship, visit the Pennsylvania Section website.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is part of the Atlantic Canada Section. Each year, the Atlantic Canada Section awards up to eight people the following scholarships: the Bill Butler Scholarship, the Craig Kelman & Associates Scholarship, the Lloyd Douglas Scholarship, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Atlantic Canada website

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is part of the Puerto Rico Section. There are currently no scholarships offered by this Section. Contact the Puerto Rico Section staff for questions and comments.

Quebec

Quebec is part of the Quebec Section. Contact the Quebec Section staff for questions and comments regarding scholarship availability.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island is part of the New England Section. Each year, the New England Section awards six recipients through the following scholarships: George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship, Francis X. Crowley Scholarship, Student Scholarships, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarships. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the New England Section website.

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is part of the Western Canada Section. Each year, the Western Canada Section awards three recipients $500 through the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Western Canada website.

South Carolina

South Carolina is part of the South Carolina Section. Each year, the South Carolina Section awards the Legacy of Learning and the ONE AWWA Scholarships to eligible recipients. To learn more about the Section and scholarships, visit the South Carolina Section website.

South Dakota

South Dakota is part of the South Dakota Section. Each year, the South Dakota Section awards an annual scholarship. To learn more about the Section and scholarship, visit the South Dakota Section website.

Tennessee

Tennessee is part of the Kentucky-Tennessee Section. Each year, the Kentucky-Tennessee Section awards the One AWWA Operator Scholarship to 2 recipients. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Kentucky-Tennessee Section website.

Texas

Texas is part of the Texas Section. Each year, the Texas Section awards more than a dozen eligible recipients from the Texas Section Scholarship Program. To learn more about the Section and scholarships, visit the Texas Section website.

Utah

Utah is part of the Intermountain Section. Each year, the Intermountain Section awards the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Intermountain Section website.

Vermont

Vermont is part of the New England Section. Each year, the New England Section awards six recipients through the following scholarships: George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship, Francis X. Crowley Scholarship, Student Scholarships, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarships. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the New England Section website

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands are part of the Puerto Rico Section. There are currently no scholarships offered by this Section. Contact the Puerto Rico Section staff for questions and comments.

Virginia

Virginia is part of the Virginia Section. Each year, the Virginia Section awards 3 eligible recipients from the following scholarships: the Ray A. Jackson Scholarship, the Graduate Student Scholarship, and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and scholarships, visit the Virginia Section website.

Washington

Washington is part of the Pacific Northwest Section. Each year, the Pacific Northwest Section awards up to 14 different scholarships to eligible recipients. To learn more about the Section and scholarship, visit the Pacific Northwest Section website.

West Virginia

West Virginia is part of the West Virginia Section. Each year, the West Virginia Section awards up to 5 eligible recipients funds from the Lewis V. Carpenter and One Operator Scholarships. To learn more about the Section and scholarships, visit the West Virginia Section website.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin is part of the Wisconsin Section. Each year, the Wisconsin Section awards multiple recipients through their student and professional scholarships. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Wisconsin Section website.

Wyoming

Wyoming is part of the Rocky Mountain Section. Each year, the Rocky Mountain Section awards up to $4,000 through the James B. Warner scholarship and the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. To learn more about the Section and the scholarships, visit the Rocky Mountain Section website.

Yukon

The Yukon is part of the British Columbia Section. Contact the British Columbia Section staff for questions and comments regarding scholarship availability.