What We Fund


The Abel Wolman Fellowship supports promising doctoral students in the United States, Canada and Mexico. This $30,000 award provides up to two years of funding for advanced training and research in the field of water supply and treatment.

Abel Wolman and Linn Enslow created a method for controlled chlorination that provided safe drinking water through the world. As Editor of the AWWA Journal and then President of the American Water Works Association, he was a major contributor in the science and engineering of sanitation and water resources. He made a major impact in public health through the provision of water and wastewater treatment.

Professor Wolman’s advances in research are now the basis for the advanced training of today’s doctoral students. Recognize his good works with a contribution to this fund.

$100 will recognize 100 years of water chlorination.

The Larson Aquatic Research Support Scholarships (LARS) provides a $7,000 award to a doctoral student and a $5000 award to a masters student annually who are interested in careers in the fields of corrosion control, treatment and distribution of domestic and industrial water supplies, aquatic chemistry, and/or environmental chemistry.

Dr. Larson studied at the University of Illinois and made major contributions to the water industry through his published research findings and his contributions to the field of water technology. He was elected as Board President of AWWA in 1970 and was instrumental in establishing the Water Research Foundation.

This endowed scholarship was established anonymously in 1989 by a colleague of Dr. Thurston E. Larson. Since then it has relied on funding through the generosity of AWWA donors. Help us to continue his legacy of research and technology by contributing to the LARS scholarship.

AWWA is creating an endowed scholarship to honor the legacy of Dr. Philip Singer, PhD, to offer an annual $3000 award to a graduate student pursuing a career in research in the area of drinking water/quality treatment.

Application requirements
Graduate student at an accredited college or university
Plan of study to include water quality/treatment and public health
Current research emphasis is water quality/treatment

Donate online to honor the legacy of Dr. Philip C. Singer by contributing to a $100,000 endowed scholarship fund or download the donation form.

One AWWA Operator Scholarship

American Water Works Association and the 43 sections across North America have come together to create the One AWWA Operator Scholarship to support continuing education within the water industry.

AWWA’s Water Equation matches funds raised at the section level to provide books, tuition, training, education and certification to operators at water and wastewater treatment plants.

Young Professional and Student Programs

YP Summit Group Pic

Funding for students and young professionals helps us provide webinars to student chapters for free, it helps us create programming at our conferences, such as conference mentoring, networking receptions, job fairs, poster competitions, committee speed networking and much more.

Water Equation assisted in funding Leadership Day for over 100 AWWA Young Professionals in Nashville. That was followed up with nearly 300 AWWA/WEF Young Professionals attending the 2019 YP Summit. This was the largest gathering to date of premier water and wastewater young professionals!

Support Young Professionals!

100% of your gift to AWWA Water Equation benefits the Water Workforce

Community Engineering Corps


Community Engineering Corps is an alliance between AWWA, American Society of Civil Engineers and Engineers Without Borders-USA.

The alliance combines the strengths of three organizations to provide technical expertise to underserved communities in the United States and ensure that their infrastructure meets their community's needs.