Arthur L. Littleworth Best Best & Krieger Diversity Scholarship

Each year through the ACWA Scholarship Program, ACWA, in partnership with Best Best & Krieger, awards one $10,000 scholarships to a qualified undergraduate student. The $10,000 will be dispersed evenly over a four-year period ($2,500 per year).

Apply for this Scholarship

Please review the Arthur L. Littleworth Best Best & Krieger Diversity Scholarship Guidelines thoroughly before completing the scholarship application. Applicants who do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements will not be considered. Applications for the 2022-’23 cycle are now closed. Applications for the 2023-’24 cycle will open in December. 

Eligibility and Application Requirements

  • Applicant must be attending an accredited public or private U.S. college at the start of the academic year covered by the scholarship.
  • Applicants must be a freshman or sophomore at the time of the academic year covered by the scholarship.
  • Applicant must be pursuing an undergraduate degree related to law, water law, water policy or public administration.
  • 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).
  • Applicants must submit official high school or college transcripts; acceptable formats include photocopied or scanned official transcripts, or unofficial transcripts issued by the school; however, printed class schedules will not be accepted.
  • Applicant must submit an essay responding to the following prompt:
    • What is your personal mission for advancing the field of water and how has your diverse background contributed to this mission? (800-1200 words)

Selection Criteria

  • Academic achievement
  • Essay response
  • Demonstrated commitment to leadership and volunteer activity
  • Interest and/or experience in law, water law, water policy or public administration
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Purpose and Disbursement

Scholarship funds will not be disbursed to the recipient directly, but to the appropriate financial aid office in the sum of $2,500 per year 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. The recipient will be responsible for providing materials March of each year that demonstrate they are still eligible to receive funds. If a scholarship recipient fails to meet the terms of this scholarship in any way, the award may be rescinded.

Past Recipients

  • Shelby Negosian, Washington University in St. Louis (2022)

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