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Sponsored by: Illinois Section American Water Works Association (ISAWWA)


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Applicant must be enrolled in a secondary education program related to the water industry, including community college, technical school, four-year undergraduate programs, and masters and doctoral programs. Applicants must be either an Illinois resident or enrolled in an Illinois secondary education program. This includes, but is not limited to such fields of study as water utility operations and management, civil or environmental engineering, environmental science and policy, chemistry, biology, or water resource management. Selection based on merit/academic performance, leadership/extracurricular activities, recommendation letters, personal statement outlining qualifications for the award, and essay on how applicant envisions contributing to the water industry in the future. Applicants with prior experience in the water industry are preferred.


Application deadline January 31
Scholarship, grant, fellowship, or contest Scholarship
Number of applications 8
Required areas of study biology, chemistry, civil engineering, environmental engineering, environmental science/policy, water resources management
Schedule Half of award is disbursed in March; remainder in September after recpient has submitted course schedule as proof of enrollment for the school year and a summary of water-related courses/projects for the school year.
Awarded every year? yes
Recipient must re-apply; renewal is not guaranteed.
Must be repaid? no
Required to attend a specific school? yes
Separate application required? yes

Contact Information

Laurie Dougherty
Executive Director
Illinois Section American Water Works Association (ISAWWA)
545 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174 United States

Phone: (866) 521-3595
Fax: (866) 521-3591
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