AWWA Scholarship & Award Program

AWWA Scholarship Program

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a career in the water sector? Are you attending a college or university in North America? Is your graduation date after August 2022? 

Apply for water sector scholarships available for engineering, water studies, policy, communications, technology, finance, legal and water research by December 20, 2021. See the listing below of all scholarships offered and the FAQ for necessary qualifications.

Scholarship application links are located below at each sponsor listing.

American Water Works Association is developing the world’s largest scholarship program for the world’s largest water association. Currently offering over $200,000 in academic scholarships and achievement awards, our corporate donors trust the AWWA Water Equation to manage and collect applications from the best and the brightest students in North America, to guide the judging and ranking through a qualified scholarship committee, and to award the top candidates. The scholarships are mutually beneficial to the corporate sponsors and recipients, as they create a mentoring partnership which can result in an employment opportunity.

Corporate scholarships are an admirable way to show pride in the water industry, to support our workforce and to partner with AWWA’s philanthropy. Scholarships are formalized each summer for the scholarship application process. For more information please contact Sr. Manager of Development Michelle Hektor at 303-734-3613 or


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


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.



Arcadis Scholarship

Driven by its core value to build and leverage a diverse and inclusive workforce, Arcadis offers this $5,000 scholarship award to assist graduate-level students from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups (Black, Latinx, American Indian or Alaska Native) in STEM fields with the potential to provide leadership in the water service industry. 



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.


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.


AWWA President's Scholarship

The AWWA President’s Scholarship offers two $1000 scholarships in the 2022-2023 academic year.
One $1000 scholarship is offered to an undergraduate student living in Saskatchewan, Canada who has determined a field of study in water research, public health, engineering, finance, IT, communications or project management with the intent of benefiting the water community.

One $1000 scholarship is offered to an undergraduate student living in the upstate New York region (including Albany, Utica, Binghamton, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo). who has determined a field of study in water research, public health, engineering, finance, IT, communications or project management with the intent of benefiting the water community.



Carollo Engineers Bryant L. Bench Scholarship

This $10,000 scholarship was established in honor of Carollo Engineers’ Water Practice Director Bryant L. Bench, who combined elegant engineering with innovative concepts like managed filtration to improve drinking water quality for millions across the country. This scholarship is intended to assist graduate students continue pursuing their passion for water as they work toward the consulting engineering profession.


Charles “Chick” Roberts Scholarship

This $5,000 scholarship offered by Roberts Filter Group recognizes an undergraduate or graduate Pennsylvania student studying water technologies.


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.


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.


Denver Water Centennial Scholarship

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


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.


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. The scholarship includes the opportunity for mentoring and an internship. 

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.


Hazen and Sawyer Scholarship

The Hazen and Sawyer Scholarship will be awarded to a graduate level candidate who reflects these values, and is committed to leading the industry by advancing solutions to today's most pressing challenges in the fields of drinking water, water reuse, and water resources.


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.


Jacobs Holly A. Cornell Scholarship

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


Mueller Continuing Education Scholarship

Mueller Water Products Continuing Education scholarship awards $5,000 to an undergraduate student who is employed by a water utility.


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.


Raftelis Leadership Scholarship

Raftelis offers two Leadership Scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students interested in a consulting career. The Raftelis Leadership Scholarships were established with the goal of supporting and growing relationships with promising students who have an interest in becoming problem solvers for local governments and municipal water utilities. Students with diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. 

The successful applicants will have proven leadership ability and strong academic achievement. Although a specific major is not required, 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. Above all we are looking for well-rounded students with initiative and experience that they would like to share with our company and our clients. 

Scholarship recipients will each receive a $5,000  award toward college education, a match with a mentor from a Raftelis office and potential for an internship in a Raftelis office. 


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.


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. This $5000 award is offered to undergraduate students interested in working in the water sector. 


Woodard & Curran Scholarship

The $5,000 Woodard & Curran scholarship was established in 2017 to support students from underrepresented groups pursuing a graduate degree with a focus on innovative solutions for issues related to water and the environment.


Volunteers needed for WE Scholarship Advisory Subcommittee

AWWA Water Equation Committee is seeking volunteers for the Scholarship Advisory Subcommittee to read and rank applications for water-related studies scholarships offered through Corporate Sponsors.

Please apply here.