AWWA Scholarship Program

AWWA Scholarship Program

The AWWA Scholarship program applications will open in September 2024.

Please see below for the scholarships offered and return in September to learn about the application process.

To view the 2024 AWWA Scholarship Program Recipients, please click here

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Scholarships for Graduate Students

AECOM Scholarship

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 (STEM) Scholarship

Driven by its core value to improve quality of life by building and leveraging a diverse, equitable, inclusive workplace and a culture of belonging, 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. For a master’s student, the funding is $5,000, and for a doctoral student, the funding is $7,000.

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 a graduate Pennsylvania student studying water technologies.

CDM Smith Thomas R. Camp Scholarship

CDM Smith honors co-founder Dr. Thomas R. Camp with this $10,000 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. James K. Edzwald Award

This award was established in 2023 in honor of Dr. James K. Edzwald to recognize an outstanding graduate student pursuing research on documenting climate change effects on water quality and treatment and/or resilient treatment methods pertaining to supplies with algae, Cyanobacteria, natural organic matter, and/or contaminants of emerging concern to the drinking water industry. The scholarship will provide $3000 in these topics with preference to a graduate student whose application emphasizes career goals of serving the water field.

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 drives water innovations through collaborative research. Its namesake scholarship provides $10,000 in funding to assist a graduate student work towards a degree that will support their career as a consultant in the water industry.

J & L Presidential Scholarship

The J & L Presidential Scholarship offered by the Jacangelo Family aims to support and grow relationships with promising graduate students attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) who have an interest in a career with a service provider or utility with a major in engineering, science, public health, or technology for the water community. Students with diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. A $5000 scholarship will be offered to one student. Criteria for selection will be based on financial need, academic excellence, career goals, and interest in the water community. Final candidates will be required to submit proof of financial need.

Jacobs Holly A. Cornell Scholarship

The Holly A. Cornell Scholarship created in 1990 and sponsored by Jacobs, honors CH2M Hill 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.

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.

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.

Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Charles "Chick" Roberts

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

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.

Gannett Fleming Forces of Change

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.

Mueller Continuing Education Scholarship

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

Mueller HBCU Scholarship

This $5,000 scholarship offered by Mueller Water Products awards an undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited and recognized historically black college or university pursuing a career that benefits the water sector.

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. 

Veolia 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. 


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Contact Michelle Hektor today at mhektor@awwa.org.


Congratulations to the 2024 AWWA Scholarship Program Recipients
$176,000 in Academic Scholarships for water studies:
AECOM | Jennifer Toney | University of Alabama at Birmingham
American Water | Ehsan Rajaie | The University of Texas at Arlington
Arcadis Diversity | Maeva Che | University of Toronto
Brown & Caldwell | Faezeh Pazoki | McGill University
Carollo Bryant L. Bench | Gabriela Ford | University of Central Florida
CDM Smith | Kara Cunningham | West Virginia University
Denver Water | Nicolle Dunn | Arizona State University
Dr. Abel Wolman Fellowship | Dilara Hatinoglu | University of Maine
Dr. James K. Edzwald Scholarship | Joseph Ladouceur | University of Ottawa
Dr. Philip C. Singer Scholarship | Thusitha Rathnayake | University of British Columbia
Gannett Fleming Forces of Change | Marc Digregorio | James Madison University
Hazen & Sawyer | Abigail Chapman | University of Texax
HDR One Water Institute | Alexandra Grant | San Diego State University
J & L Presidential | Cescar Kangogo | Tennessee State University
Jacobs Holly A. Cornell | Alexandra Sitar | Duke University
Larson Aquatics Research Support - Masters | Carrie Ellis | University of Rhode Island
Larson Aquatics Research Support - PhD | Dafne de Brito Cruz | University of Waterloo
Mueller Water Products | Kara Kuge | University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Mueller Water Products HBCU | Bria Nartey | Howard University
Neptune Technology Group | Lennox Scholl | Florida International University
Raftelis Leadership | Samuel Spears | Purdue University
Raftelis Leadership | Rachel Kennard | University of California, Davis
Roberts Filter Group | Matthew McGauley | Villanova University
Stantec | Seyed Khademi | Colorado School of Mines
Veolia Water & Technology Solutions | Nistha Shrestha | Howard University
Woodard & Curran | Nino Stea | University of Central Florida

The Dr. James K. Edzwald Scholarship Endowment Fund

J Edzwald Jim Malley

AWWA's Water Equation is excited to share its fundraising campaign to establish a $100,000 endowment fund to create the Dr. James K. Edzwald Scholarship.

You may know Dr. Edzwald as your professor at University of Massachusetts, or from you volunteer work with AWWA committees. You may recognize a young Dr. Jim Edzwald and an even younger Jim Malley in this photo.

Dr. Edzwald has been instrumental in the education of thousands of water professionals at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Clarkson University, and University of Massachusetts as well as at AWWA conferences during his nearly 60 -year tenure. It is only fitting that this lifetime AWWA member's scholarship will contribute to the continuing education of those seeking water-related education.

The scholarship will recognize a graduate student pursuing research on documenting climate change effects on water quality and treatment and/or resilient treatment methods pertaining to supplies with algae, Cyanobacteria, natural organic matter, and/or contaminants of emerging concern to the drinking water industry. It will provide $3000 annually with preference to a graduate student whose application emphasizes career goals of serving the water field.

Will you give in honor of Dr. James K. Edzwald's mentorship and friendship?



Scholarships available from AWWA Sections

Learn more about AWWA Section Scholarships that are available in your area.

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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.

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Is your company interested in sponsoring an AWWA Scholarship?

AWWA 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 mhektor@awwa.org.