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? 

If so, please bookmark this webpage to return on September 1, 2021 to apply for one of the 24 scholarships available for engineering, water studies, policy, communications, technology, finance, legal and water research. See the listing below of all scholarships offered and the FAQ for necessary qualifications.

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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, 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.


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.


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/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.


Mueller Continuing Education Scholarship

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

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 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.


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. 

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.


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.


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.

ACE21 Scholarship Winners Announced

AWWA Water Equation is pleased to announce the 24 Academic Scholarship recipients for water-related studies from corporate sponsors and AWWA.

The recipients were celebrated at virtual events. Details are below.

2021 Virtual Recognition Events

Scholarship Virtual Event- Day 1

Scholarship Virtual Event-Day 2

2020 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