ACWA Scholarship

Each year through the ACWA Scholarship Program, ACWA awards two $3,500 scholarships to qualified undergraduate students to be applied to tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year.

Scholarship Guidelines

Please review the following ACWA Scholarship guidelines thoroughly before completing a scholarship application. Applicants who do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements will not be considered. Applications that are incomplete or received after the postmark deadline also will not be considered.

Applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 1 of each year.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be a California resident at the time of application;
  • Applicants must be attending an accredited, University of California or California State University at the start of the 2018-’19 academic year;
  • Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a water resources-related field of study related to engineering, agricultural and/ or urban water supply, environmental studies or public administration;
  • Applicants must be at least a junior at the time of the award;
  • Applicants must commit to full-time enrollment (12 semester units or 16 quarter units) for the entire 2018-’19 academic year;
  • Applicants must submit at least two current letters of recommendation (but no more than three current letters of recommendation), with at least one of the letters originating from a college professor or employer; and
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college they have attended; sealed transcripts are not required but photocopied transcripts and printed class schedules will not be accepted.

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 2018-’19 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If a scholarship recipient fails to meet the terms of this scholarship in any way, the award may be rescinded.

Application Materials

The ACWA Scholarship cycle for the 2017-’18 academic year is complete. Application materials for the next scholarship cycle (2018-’19 academic year) are available here.

Past Recipients

  • 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)