Clair A. Hill Scholarship

Each year, through the Clair A. Hill Scholarship Program, the winner of the Clair A. Hill Agency Award for Excellence awards one $5,000 scholarship to a qualified undergraduate student to be applied to tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year.

Scholarship Guidelines

Please review the following Clair A. Hill 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 college 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 $5,000 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 Clair A. Hill 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

  • Chelsea Darnelle, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2016)
  • Dylan Soares, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2015)
  • John MacDougall, California State University, East Bay (2014)
  • Kerilyn Ambrosini, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2013)
  • Nicholas Depsky, UC Davis (2012)