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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AWWA Sections take a very active role in supporting students, distributing more than 40 scholarships to local students ranging from $100 to $1,000. These scholarships, also listed below, are in addition to the AWWA scholarships. Sections are also supporting the new One AWWA Operator Scholarship.
Academic Achievement Award
Learn more about and apply for this annual award.
Supports promising doctoral students in the United States, Canada and Mexico pursuing advanced training and research in the field of water supply and treatment.
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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
Provides graduate level support to assist the development of professionals interested in service to the water industry.Specific Eligibility/Support
Provides support to a masters student engaging in developing innovative solutions to the world's water challenges.Specific Eligibility/Support
Sponsored by CDM Smith, provides support to outstanding graduate students doing applied research in the drinking water field.
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
Provides support to a student seeking a master's degree in the water science field.Specific Eligibility/Support
Provides support to a masters student seeking a degree in the water industry.Specific Eligibility/Support
Provides support to a masters or doctoral candidate student seeking a degree in the water industry.Specific Eligibility/Support
Provides support to a masters student seeking a degree in the water industry.Specific Eligibility/Support
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
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
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
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:
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
Application deadline is January 9, 2018.
2018 Graduate Scholarship Application
2018 Undergraduate Scholarship Application
Visit Alabama-Mississippi Section website or contact Section staff for more information.
Arizona grants $14,000 worth of scholarships to students of Arizona colleges and community colleges. Contact Arizona Section Staff for more information.
Lloyd Douglas ScholarshipsFour $1,000 scholarships (one for each Atlantic Canadian province: NS, NB, NL, PEI). Applicant must be pursuing a university degree in engineering/science or college diploma in water/wastewater field.
The California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association is offering bothundergraduate and graduate scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year for students interested in a career in a drinking water related field.The Section is offering four $2500 scholarships for those pursuing a two-year or four-year college degree program. It is offering two $5000 scholarships for those pursuing graduate studies at the Masters or Doctorate levels.Undergraduate scholarships are applicable to community college or four-year college programs, including (not limited to) water/ wastewater treatment plant operator, field/ distribution system operator, chemistry or lab tech, biology/ecology, environmental or civil engineering, mechanical/electrical/plumbing trades, etc.Graduate scholarships are for students pursuing advanced education suitable for a career in drinking water, including (not limited to) environmental or civil engineering, chemistry, environmental sciences, public administration, finance/economics, etc.
Thanks to the generosity of the Associates Committee and especially the Section Enhancers, applications are now being accepted for the CTAWWA Associates Committee Scholarship Programs for CTAWWA members or their children/dependents, who have not previously been awarded a CTAWWA scholarship. High School seniors and students currently enrolled in an education program beyond the secondary level in a 2 year, 4 year or graduate program are eligible. Student members of CTAWWA are also eligible. Application deadline is Friday, March 17, 2017.
General Scholarship Application
Waterworks Career Scholarship Application
Please see the Associates Committee for additional details on the scholarship program and section enhancement.
In addition CTAWWA and CWWA have established a scholarship for eligible high school students that shall be administered through the Scholarship and Awards Committee. CWWA Scholarship Application
Each year, the Roy W. Likins Scholarship Committee awards a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $10,000 in scholarships. The scholarships are distributed in $1,000 or $2,000 increments to deserving Florida students, either in undergraduate or graduate school.
The Hawaii Section Scholarship provides financial assistance to Section members and their dependents in the quest for higher education and to enourage academic and social excellence. Email Ken Ota for more information.
Under the Safe Water Scholarships Program a total of up to $5,000 in scholarships is awarded each year to undergraduate students, graduate students (masters/doctoral candidates), adults pursuing continuing education, and high school students enrolled in a summer study program related to drinking water. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted into a water-related program for the academic year. Secondary education includes water system operator training programs, water-related technical school, community college, 4-year colled, Masters and Doctoral programs.
Besozzi Youth Delegate Grant is used to send a young delegate(s) to an annual conference to gather water supply and water treatment information accented toward innovative and cost-control methods. Individuals working in water or interested in a career in water may apply. Grants cover conference registration and expenses.
Spaetti Youth Education Grants provide funding for education projects for any 3rd - 8th grade teacher of groups of teachers.
Four separate scholarships are available, including an Undergraduate Scholarship in science and engineering, a Graduate Scholarship in science and engineering, and a Diversity Scholarship to support an outstanding minority student in the field. Awards will be given in the amounts ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. Every applicant will also be awarded a one year subscription to Journal AWWA and a one year AWWA student membership.
The Section also awards the Eva Nieminski Honorary Graduate Scholarship to students enrolled in a graduate science or engineering program in the Intermountain West and whose research interests involved water quality, supply or treatment. Students who have been accepted into such a graduate program but have not begin coursework are also eligible.
The Terry L. McKanna Scholarship is given to qualified students enrolled in an accredited college or university in Kansas taking courses related to civil or environmental engineering or environmental science with emphasis on water works careers.
Section Scholarship awarded to eligible students pursuing a degree related to the water/wastewater sector.
The Section awards an Advanced Degree Scholarship and scholarships to individuals to attend the annual AWWA Water Utility Management Institute. Learn more.
The J. R. Popalisky Scholarship Fund for qualified students enrolled in an accredited college or university in Missouri. Qualifying curriculum for the scholarship applicants includes courses related to civil or environmental engineering or environmental science with emphasis on career fields associated with water supply. The JRPSF will consider applications for one or more scholarships per year in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000). The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage enrollment in educational studies related to career fields associated with water supply.
Montana Section of AWWA and Montana Water Environment Association are equal partners in offering the Don G. Willems Scholarship. One or two scholarships ($1,000) are offered annually to students, whose course work leads to employment in the water and wastewater fields, which are highly diverse, including specialization in water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collection, water resources, watershed protection, groundwater remediation and many other sub disciplines, including for example, the study of waterborne disease.
The Colonel Theodore A. Leisen Memorial and Training Endowment Fund encourages water industry professionals to obtain additional training and encourage graduate students to choose the water industry as their field of work. Deadline for applications is September 1.
Read more and Contact Section staff for more information.
The Drinking Water Careers Scholarship, for graduate, junior and senior undergraduate students. The scholarship will be provided for one academic year in the amount of $1,500. Learn moreabout about our scholarships.
The New York Section has several scholarships:
The NC Safewater Endowment Program awards more than $12,000 in scholarships and grants annually.
The Carol Bond Memorial Scholarship was created by the North Carolina American Water Works Association and Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA) in cooperation with employees of the City of Raleigh, NC. This scholarship is to commemorate the late Carol Bond and her life-long devotion to environmental education.
The Ohio Section grants three scholarships a year. Applicants must be an Ohio student attending an accredited institution of higher learning during the scholarship year, in a water industry related program (i.e. science, engineering, management, computer information systems or other water related fields). Contact Section Staff for more information.
The Pacific Northwest Section has 12 Scholarship Awards. PNWS members and their families are encouraged to apply. In addition, the Section receives generous support from Ameron International, Kelman Publishing and the NW Washington Subsection for additional scholarships. In 2016, the Section provided a total of $27,000 in scholarship funds to eight students. For more information, contact the Sponsorship Chair.
The David A. Long Scholarship. Students pursuing degree in engineering, biology, chemistry, business administration or other field which may lead to a career in the water supply industry. Must be attending a Pennsylvania college or maintain a permanent. Provides $2000 Scholarship for a college junior, senior or graduate student. Student must be pursuing or planning to residence in Pennsylvania. For more information contact Russ Williams.
The Legacy of Learning Scholarships were established to support young people who are interested in pursuing a career in the water industry.
The Section sponsors a $500 scholarship for section members or their children.
The Memorial Scholarship Fund awards annual scholarships of $1,000 each. Applicant must be a son, daughter or legal ward of an active member of the Southwest Section of AWWA. Applicant must be a high school graduate or a college undergraduate. There is no geographic restriction on the college to be attended. The scholarships are intended for academic study, not trade or vocational schools.
The Texas Section AWWA is committed to the support of higher education through the Texas Section AWWA Scholarship Program. The program is open to the children of Texas Section members or members who have returned to full time education. Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors or students already enrolled in college or postgraduate work. Applicants must be full time students.
The Section also offers the Alan Plummer Associates/TAWWA Scholarship.
The Virginia Section offers five scholarships:
More information and forms are available on the Virginia Section website
Lewis V. Carpenter Scholarship Fund. Three (3) $1,000 scholarships for eligible freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate level students interested in the water supply profession. Contact Chairman, Lewis V. Carpenter Scholarship Fund.
Craig Kelman & Associates Scholarship, a $500 scholarship.
The Section has three levels of scholarships available:
More information is available on the Wisconsin Section website.