CWEA is Giving Away Money to Students!

By Connie Leonard, Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship Chair, leonardcj@cdm.com     

Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship season has begun with applications now available for download on the CWEA website. The Scholarship is for students currently studying or interested in studying for careers in the water environment industry. Students don’t need to be members of CWEA, but if they aren’t they must sponsored by CWEA a member. Scholarships are given at all levels of study from those studying full or part time, those getting their associate, bachelor, or graduate degrees.

2009 scholarship winners Pitiporn Asvapathanagul and Megan Yoo with Chuck Weir and Dave Greenwood at CWEA's annual awards luncheon

2009 scholarship winners Pitiporn Asvapathanagul and Megan Yoo with Chuck Weir and Dave Greenwood at CWEA's annual awards luncheon

We are just starting to spread the word to CWEA’s local sections, universities, friends and neighbors. If you know any college students or coworkers going back to school, tell them about the scholarship and encourage them to apply.

In order to keep the fund sustainable and to increase the amount of awards we are able to give out every year, we’ve set a goal to increase the fund reserves to $500,000 by 2015. Currently we’re at about $240,000, so this is a lofty goal, but I know the CWEA team is up to it. Looking ahead to upcoming costs of college education and upcoming retirements, let’s step up and encourage as many people as we can interested in going into the water/wastewater/environmental field.

For those of you interested in applying for a scholarship this year be sure to download the application and get your documentation ready soon. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2010.

Download the application and get more information about the Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Association at www.cwea.org/scholarship, or email scholarship@cwea.org.

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