Safe Water Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $1,000
Awards Available: 5
Award Deadline: Jun 30, 2024

On this page you'll find scholarships offered by the Section. Make sure to tell any students, operators-in-training, or current operators looking for more education about ISAWWA's scholarship opportunities!

Scholarship applications will open for 2024 in February. If you would like a reminder when the scholarship application is live, please contact Laura Morgan, Outreach Specialist,

See below for our list of available scholarships.



The Outreach Committee seeks to support the future generation of total water workers by providing scholarships to students committed to a future in the water industry and who are currently enrolled in post-secondary education programs.


  • Must be enrolled in post-secondary education college or university, pursuing a Bachelor, Masters, or Doctoral degree.
  • Must be enrolled in or considering a career in a water-related field.
  • Must fill out application in full including the sections: Goals, Interest in Field, and Leadership. Include your most recent transcript and resume.
  • Preference given to those who are attending school in Illinois or who plan to live and work in Illinois.

Scholarship Details:

  • Up to $1000.00 is available.  
  • Distributed to educational institutions for the current academic year.
  • Application Deadline: June 30th
  • Notification by: August
  • Funds Distributed by: September 30th

Apply online for the Safe Water Scholarship.  Applications will go live in February.

General Information for Scholarship Awardees

  • The award recipients will be responsible for providing all payment information to ISAWWA and shall allow 45 - 60 days for disbursement of funds.
  • Scholarship recipients will receive free registration for ISAWWA's annual WATERCON Conference.
  • Immediate family members of ISAWWA staff are not eligible to receive scholarship funds.
  • Acceptance of scholarship constitutes permission to use recipient's name and school.
  • Please make sure to answer all of the questions on the application. Required questions are marked with an asterisk*.



The Outreach Committee seeks to ensure a strong knowledge base for future generations of water and wastewater operators by providing scholarships for operator professional development.

The One AWWA Operator Scholarship is funded by the Illinois Section AWWA and through a match from AWWA’s, The Water Equation Campaign.


  • Applicant must be a current water or wastewater operator, or seeking to enter the water, wastewater, or stormwater profession as operator.
  • Applicant must be seeking a certification/licensure, two-year related associate degree, technical school program, professional training program, books and manuals, and/or operator-related conferences/training focused on water, wastewater, and/or stormwater
  • Applicant must work in the State of Illinois.

Scholarship Details:

  • Up to $500.00 available funds from the IL Section AWWA with a match from the American Water Works Association (total up to $1000.00).
  • Distributed to organization or institution providing training.
  • Application Deadline: June 30th.
  • Notification by: August.
  • Funds Distributed by: September 30th.
  • Items related to books, manuals, conferences, professional development courses, and other eligible expenses will be reimbursed to recipient upon presentation of eligible receipts.
How to Apply:

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