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, email us or call 303.347.6201.


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2019 Scholarship Applications

The deadline for 2019-2020 scholarships was January 18, 2019 at midnight. For additional questions please contact us.

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AWWA SCHOLARSHIPS

Application deadline for AWWA Scholarships was January 18, 2019. AWWA scholarships will reopen in late summer 2019 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please see Section Scholarships below for additional opportunities with varying deadlines. For additional questions please contact us. 

Answers to frequently asked questions.

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

Bryant L. Bench Scholarship (Carollo Engineers Inc.)

Provides support to a masters student engaging in developing innovative solutions to the world's water challenges.

Specific Eligibility/Support

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

Denver Water

A $5,000 scholarship for any student enrolled in a Colorado college, university, community college or technical/trade school in 2018 as well as recent high school graduates interested in the fields of water delivery, water quality, water reclamation or water reuse.

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.

Holly A. Cornell Scholarship

Sponsored by CH2M, 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 will provide travel assistance to the AWWA conference where the award is presented

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. 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

Thomas R. Camp Scholarship

Sponsored by CDM Smith, 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

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.

Stantec 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 Technology Group Scholarship

This scholarship provides support to a student seeking an undergraduate degree in civil, mechanical, electrical, computer or software engineering.
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

SUEZ/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 2016-17
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000
  • SUEZ 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 $5,000.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in applied research and consulting in the drinking water field.

Woodard & Curran

Sponsored by Woodard & Curran, encourages and supports outstanding female and/or minority masters' students in pursuit of training in the field of water treatment. 

Specific Eligibility/Support

  • Female and/or minority student pursing master's degree
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000.
  • Woodard & Curran will provide travel assistance to the AWWA conference where the award is presented

Mueller Continuing Education Scholarship

Mueller Continuing Education Scholarship
Sponsored by Mueller Water Products, encourages and supports current utility employees seeking an initial undergraduate degree in the field of water treatment. 

Specific Eligibility/Support

  • Current utility employee pursing undergraduate degree
  • Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000.
  • Mueller Water Products will provide travel assistance to the AWWA conference where the award is presented

AECOM

 The AECOM Academic Scholarship funds a graduate student pursuing a graduate engineering degree on innovative solutions to improve drinking water in urban communities. This is a $5,000 scholarship.

ABEL WOLMAN FELLOWSHIP

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

Application deadline was January 18, 2019.


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. To learn more about the Section and the scholarship, visit the Alabama-Mississippi Section website.

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 up $10,500 to 9 recipients through 4 different 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

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 amongst 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

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 up $10,500 to 9 recipients through 4 different 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: George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship, Francis X. Crowley Scholarship, Student Scholarships, and the One AWWA Operator 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. To learn more about the Section and scholarships, visit the North Carolina Section website.

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.