ACWA Establishes Fellowship in Support of Water Leaders Class by Will Holbert Sep 18, 2019 Water News The ACWA Board of Directors recently approved the creation of the John P. Fraser Water Leaders Fellowship that will financially support individuals working at an ACWA public member agency to participate in the Water Education Foundation’s annual William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class. The fellowship honors former Executive Director John P. Fraser, who passed away in 2018, for his 22 years of service to the association and his numerous contributions to the water community. One of those contributions: creating the organization that became today’s Water Education Foundation itself. The William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class is a competitive, one-year program attended by early to mid-career, up-and-coming leaders to deepen their water knowledge and enhance their leadership skills. Many leaders within the water community credit the program as the foundation of successful careers within the industry. “This year-long program offers emerging water leaders a depth of knowledge that’s essential in tackling the many challenges inherent to California water management,” said ACWA Executive Director Dave Eggerton, a graduate of the program. “I’m proud that ACWA has established this fellowship to support qualified candidates, especially those at agencies where funding for this type of professional development is limited.” ACWA’s fellowship covers the program’s tuition, which is currently $4,000. It also covers reimbursement for limited travel expenses. Applicants must apply through the Foundation’s application process and meet the Foundation’s eligibility requirements. Special consideration will be given to applicants from smaller agencies and those with limited budgets for professional development. For more details about the fellowship, including full requirements and the selection process, visit www.acwa.com/about/scholarships/fellowship. For more details about the class, including instructions for applying, visit www.watereducation.org/water-leaders.