About the Scholarship

As starting a career in a less popular field involves insecurities and financial risks, the California-Nevada Section, American Water Works Association (AWWA) Scholarship encourages and sponsors students who are interested in a career in drinking water-related field, which includes environmental scientists, civil engineers, water treatment plant operators, that is, a role that supports safe drinking water. 

Students or individual members of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) will be given preference in the selection process. 

California-Nevada Section, AWWA Scholarship awards

The Section Scholarship program is aimed to support and motivate the students of California or Nevada who are passionate about starting a career in a drinking water-related field. 

There are 3 types of scholarships awarded by the Section for students.

  • $2500 for four students pursuing a two-year or four-year undergraduate college degree in drinking water-related field

  • Up to two $5000 scholarships for students who are pursuing a Masters or a doctorate degree in a drinking water field of study

  • The CA-NV Section and AWWA jointly provide several $1000 scholarships for those studying to be a distribution system operator or work in drinking water treatment. 

  • One $1,000 undergraduate scholarship is awarded in the memory of Linda Contrera

  • The scholarships cover the cost of college classes, study materials, and other operator training or certification courses. 

The renewal of the awards is possible on an annual basis. 

California-Nevada Section, AWWA Scholarship Application

The application can be downloaded from the CA-NV Section's official website. Detailed information and guidelines regarding completion of the application form are mentioned there. 

In addition to the application form, the applicant needs to provide academic transcripts, letters of recommendation(2), statement of interest and the study plan (if the student is applying for the graduate scholarship). 

Application Deadline

The California-Nevada Section, AWWA Scholarship application deadline is March 15, 2020. All applications and supplemental documents must be submitted before the deadline. 


Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a resident of California or Nevada
  • The undergraduate scholarship is applicable to community college or university programs in water/ wastewater treatment plant operator, field/ distribution system operator, chemistry or lab technician, environmental or civil engineering, mechanical/ electrical/ plumbing trades, etc.

  • Graduate scholarships are applicable for students in higher education disciplines like civil engineering, chemistry, environmental sciences, public administration, economics etc. 

  • One AWWA Operator scholarships are awarded to those who are studying for an operator certification at any level and any age

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