Scholarship Details

Commissioners' Engineering Scholarship Program

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Named in honor of former Commissioners Joyce Starks and Gene W. Counihan – the goal of the Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to students from WSSC Water’s service district in furtherance of their engineering studies and to encourage applicants/winners to consider careers in the water, wastewater/water resource recovery industry; and preferably, at WSSC Water.

Up to two new scholarships in the amount of $2000 each may be awarded; one to a Prince George's County resident and one to a Montgomery County resident. Winners are eligible for additional awards of $2000 each year for up to four consecutive years as long as residency and grade point average (GPA) requirements are met. Winners also receive priority consideration for paid summer internship opportunities at WSSC Water.


To qualify, students must:

provide proof of permanent residency in WSSC Water’s service district;
be enrolled full-time in a degree program at an accredited college or university that leads to an engineering degree in one of the following areas: Civil Engineering (i.e., Environmental, Sanitary, Structural, Geotechnical, Water Resources, Fire Protection, Transportation, Project Management, Construction Management); Electrical Engineering; Material Science and Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science/Engineering. High school seniors who have been accepted into such a program are eligible; proof of acceptance/enrollment must accompany application materials; and,
complete an application and have it received by the WSSC Corporate Secretary.

Terms of Award:

Up to two new scholarships in the amount of $2000 each may be awarded;

Please Submit:

Students are required to submit an essay, along with the following materials:

Cover Letter;
Official Transcript;
Proof of Permanent Residency in WSSC Sanitary District (e.g., copy of driver’s license; voter registration card, government-issued ID); and,
Two Reference Letters.
2017 Essay Topic:

Click here to apply online or submit your application package by mail to: Sheila Finlayson, Esq., Corporate Secretary, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707.

Online Application: