Deadline for Water Leaders Program Approaching by Caroline Minasian Nov 6, 2019 Water News The deadline to apply for the Water Education Foundation’s (Foundation) 2020 William R. Gianelli Water Leaders Class is Dec. 9. This one-year program is for early to mid-career participants throughout California who want to deepen their knowledge of water and improve their leadership skills. Each year there are roughly 20 class members who participate in a variety of activities including a one-day orientation in Sacramento, Foundation water tours, the Foundation’s Water 101 Workshop, shadowing and interviewing a mentor, and special meetings to develop a class presentation and written report. Earlier this year, ACWA created the John P. Fraser Fellowship to provide financial support to an individual working at an ACWA public member agency to participate in the Water Leaders Class. The fellowship honors Executive Director John P. Fraser, who passed away in 2018, for his 22 years of service to the association and for his numerous contributions, which includes creating the organization that became today’s Water Education Foundation. “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.” The fellowship covers the program’s $4,000 tuition and 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.