NEWWA Scholarships - Student, Operator & Diversity Scholarships
Plus Maine Water Utilities Association Scholarship Fund Application
Headed to College? Looking to Become Certified or Start Your Career in Water? Apply for a Scholarship!
NEWWA awards approximately $24,000 annually to worthy applicants pursuing academic degrees, drinking water licenses, and continuing education. The NEWWA Scholarship Committee expects to award the following scholarships annually:
Application Deadline: April 1 Annually
George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship – up to $5,000 to a student enrolled in a civil engineering program at a 4-year college or university.
Francis X. Crowley Scholarship – $3,000 to a student enrolled in civil or environmental engineering program, or a business management program at a 4-year college or university.
Elson T. Killam Memorial Scholarship – $1,500 to a student enrolled in a civil or environmental engineering program at a 4-year college or university.
Joseph Murphy Scholarship – $1,500 to a student enrolled in a civil or environmental engineering program, or a related science or business program applicable to public water supply at an accredited college.
Michael Garofano Memorial Scholarship – $1,500 to a student enrolled in a civil or environmental engineering program, or a water operations or related science program.
NEWWA Scholarships – Additional scholarships may be awarded to students, regardless of their field of study, with preference given to those candidates whose programs of study are related to the water works industry.
Students who are attending or have been accepted into appropriate college/university programs at the undergraduate or graduate level are eligible to apply. Applicants must reside in New England or attend a college/university in New England to qualify.
NEWWA reserves the right to not award any or all scholarships for any year in which outstanding candidates are not identified.
Interested in becoming a student member? NEWWA offers a 3-for-1 student membership in NEWWA, New England Water Environment Association, and American Public Works Association for $30. You must be a full-time student in a degree program. Apply online here. Note that to be assigned to the New England section (NEWWA) you must use a mailing address in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine. Note individuals with a primary address in Connecticut will be assigned to the Connecticut section rather than the New England section—contact Mary Quigley at email@example.com for details before beginning an application.
In addition to applying for a scholarship, you may make a donation to any of the specific scholarships,or to the general NEWWA fund. Your contribution will ensure these scholarships always have the means to continue providing much-needed funds to worthy college students entering the water works profession. Download a scholarship pledge form here, or contact NEWWA at 508-893-7979 with any inquiries.
For further information on the scholarship program, please contact Katherine Schlef, Scholarship Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2023 and September 1, 2023
The NEWWA Scholarship Committee also expects to award the following scholarships on an annual basis to operators:
Kenneth Knowlton Operators Memorial Education Scholarship – Awarded to operators for training at the NEWWA facility or other institutions when budgetary constraints eliminate the opportunity for some of our peers to attend training for certification, advancement, or professional development. A Knowlton Operator's Scholarship applicant must be an Individual member of NEWWA and/or their utility employer must be a member for at least two years to be eligible for consideration. Additionally, applicants must be actively employed in the field of water works.
One AWWA Operator Scholarship – Awarded to assist operators with certification/licensure, two-year community college water programs, professional training programs, books and manuals, etc. In addition, the recipient receives a complimentary year-long operator membership with AWWA.
The operator scholarship applications will open again for submissions on July 1, 2023.
Application periods are from January to March (closing March 1 with the awards being made by April 1) and July to September (closing on September 1 with award being made by September 30).
NEWWA Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship
Application Deadline: April 1 Annually
The New England Water Works Association’s mission is to promote public health, safety, quality of life, and environmental stewardship through education/training, advocacy, and outreach relating to safe drinking water. To help accomplish its mission, NEWWA must work to attract people with various backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives.
NEWWA has created a Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship to help provide access to underrepresented individuals who wish to pursue a career in water works and join the community. The Scholarship Committee encourages individuals who are interested in a career in the water profession to apply. Environmental Partners Group, LLC (Environmental Partners) is pleased to sponsor a diversity and inclusion scholarship with New England Water Works Association (NEWWA).
The committee may award up to $2,000 annually to one or more deserving applicants, which includes a 1-year complimentary membership to NEWWA for each award recipient.
An applicant must belong to one of the following categories:
- A student with interest in the water works profession seeking any undergraduate or graduate degree.
- An individual seeking to enter the water works profession.
Current NEWWA members are ineligible for this scholarship and are encouraged to apply for other NEWWA scholarships available.
Maine Water Utilities Scholarship Fund
The Maine Water Utilities Scholarship Fund (MWUSF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, was developed to encourage and promote the pursuit of careers in Maine’s water and wastewater profession through the administration of a scholarship program. MWUSF offers several $1,000 scholarships each year. The scholarships include the following:
Judy Wallingford Scholarship: sponsored by the Maine Water Company in recognition of Judy Wallingford’s distinguished career of service to Maine water customers and communities as President of Maine Water Company from 1992 to 2017 and as President of the Maine Water Utilities Association in 2005.
Madeline A. Storer and Peter A. Lancaster Scholarships: sponsored by the Maine Water Utilities Association and its supporting members, these scholarships commemorate the life and work of two notable water utility professionals. The Madeleine A. Storer Scholarship is in memory of Madeleine Storer, who was instrumental in the formation of the committee that raises funds annually to make the scholarship possible. The Peter A. Lancaster Scholarship commemorates the life and work of the Bangor Water District’s late construction supervisor, Peter Lancaster.
NEWWA reserves the right to not award any or all scholarships for any year in which outstanding candidates are not identified. Read the rules governing the NEWWA Scholarship Committee here.
In addition to applying for a scholarship, you may make a donation to any of the specific scholarships, or to the general NEWWA fund. Your contribution will ensure these scholarships always have the means to continue providing much-needed funds to worthy college students entering the water works profession. Download a scholarship pledge form here, or contact NEWWA at 508-893-7979 with any inquiries.
For further information on the scholarship program, please contact Katherine Schlef, NEWWA Scholarship Committee Chair, at email@example.com.