Scholarship Details

American Water Works Association Scholarships

Application Deadline:



All majors; interest in the water industry


The American Water Works Association offers several scholarship opportunities for students seeking both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of drinking water science.

Black & Veatch - Building a World of Difference Scholarship
Provides one year of support to an undergraduate student seeking a degree in the water industry.
Support: $5,000 annually

Holly A. Cornell Scholarship
Purpose: The Holly A. Cornell Scholarship created in 1990 by CH2M Hill, Inc. honors the name of Holly A. Cornell, co-founder of CH2M Hill, and to encourage and support outstanding female and/or minority students pursuing advanced training in the field of water supply and treatment. Students who been accepted into graduate school but have not yet begun graduate study are encouraged to apply.

Specific Eligibility/Support:
--Female and/or minority student (see application form for specifics) pursing master’s degree
--Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $7,500.
--CH2M Hill, Inc. will provide travel assistance to the AWWA conference where the award is presented

Neptune Scholarship
Purpose: To assist a student seeking an undergraduate degree in mechanical electrical, computer or software engineering.

Specific Eligibility/Support:
--Pursuing an undergraduate degree
--Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000

Charles "Chick" Roberts Scholarship
Purpose: The Roberts Filter Group established this scholarship in support of an individual seeking to provide advancement in water. Chick Roberts is honored for his dedication to AWWA serving as President, Treasurer and founder of both the Puerto Rico and Quebec sections. Among his many accomplishments, Chick is credited with the development of High Rate Filtration and led the Roberts Filter Group to construct the water filtration system for the Atomic Energy Commission. Chick strove to uphold high professional standards, moral integrity and has been referred as "the conscience of the Water Treatment Industry."

Specific Eligibility/Support:
--Pursuing an undergraduate degree at a Pennsylvania college or university
--Awarded annually, will provide one-time funding of $5,000

All other scholarships provide support for doctoral and masters students with potential to provide leadership in applied research and consulting in the drinking water field


Students may apply for multiple scholarships sponsored by AWWA but are eligible to receive only one per year and may hold any given scholarship once.

Potential to provide leadership in the field of water supply and treatment

Terms of Award:

Selection committees from the AWWA University Student Activities Committee and scholarship sponsors will evaluate the applicants. They will select the scholarship recipient based on
-- the excellence of his or her academic record
--potential to provide leadership in the field of water supply and treatment

The recipients will be notified by early April 2015 and support will be available for the fall of 2015. Funding will be sent directly to the recipient’s school.

Please Submit:

Applicants must submit:
--Official application form
--A two-page résumé (that includes educational history)
--Official transcripts of all university education
--Three letters of recommendation (one of which must be from the academic or research advisor).
-- A proposed curriculum of study for the next year (research work/classes)
--A one-page statement of educational plans and career objectives demonstrating or declaring an interest in the drinking water field
--A three-page proposed plan of research or future study (maximum length including diagrams and references). Not required for undergraduate scholarships.

Application package should be sent to the following address:

Linda Moody
American Water Works Association
6666 W. Quincy Avenue
Denver, CO 80235

For Additional Information Contact:

Linda Moody, AWWA Scholarship Coordinator
Phone: 303-347-6201

Online Application: