ACWA Scholarship

Each year through the ACWA Scholarship Program, ACWA awards two $3,500 scholarships to qualified undergraduate students.

Apply for this Scholarship

Please review the ACWA Scholarship Guidelines thoroughly before completing the scholarship
application. Applicants who do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements will not be considered.

The deadline to apply for the 2019-20 scholarship cycle is March 1. Late applications will not be accepted. The 2019-20 scholarship application is expected to open in late December 2018.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

  • Applicant must be a California resident at the time of application.
  • Applicant must be attending an accredited, University of California or California State University.
  • Applicant must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a water resources-related field related to engineering, agricultural and/or urban water supply, environmental studies, or public administration.
  • Applicant must be at least a junior at the time of the award.
  • Applicant must commit to full-time enrollment (12 semester units or 16 quarter units) for the entire academic year.
  • Applicant must submit at least two current letters of recommendation (but no more than three), with at least one of the letters originating from a college professor or employer; an
  • Applicant must submit official transcripts for each college they have attended; printed class schedules will not be accepted
  • Applicant must submit an essay responding to specific prompt (no more than 800 words).

Selection Criteria

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on:

  • Scholastic achievement;
  • Demonstrated motivation to the vocation of water resources-related management;
  • The quality of the student’s essay; and
  • Commitment to full-time enrollment for the entire academic year.

Purpose and Disbursement

Scholarship funds are not disbursed to the student directly. Funds are disbursed to the appropriate Financial Aid Office in a lump sum of $3,500 and must be applied to the student’s account for tuition and fees. Scholarship funds should not be transferred directly to the student or be used for any other purpose.

If a scholarship recipient fails to meet the terms of this scholarship in any way, the award may be rescinded.

Past Recipients

  • Ashley Green, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2018)
  • Benjamin Clemons, UC Berkeley (2018)
  • Brian Clark, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2017)
  • Dylan Goodwin, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2017)
  • Holli Tripp, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2015)
  • Gregory Borba, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2015)
  • Martha Moak, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2014)
  • Sierra Minchaca, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2014)
  • Emily Kislik, UC Berkeley (2013)
  • Hilary Olsen, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2013)
  • Kerilyn Ambrosini, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2012)
  • Rebecca Peters, UC Berkeley (2012)