Two awards in the amount of up to $1,000 will be given out to water system operators (plant or distribution) in Virginia.  Preference is given to small Waterworks.
Deadline:  May 20, 2022
One award in the amount of $2000 will be given out to an undergraduate student from universities and colleges in Virginia.
Deadline: May 27, 2022
Two awards in the amount of $2500 will be given out to graduate students from universities and colleges in Virginia.
Deadline: May 27, 2022

Please note the submittal deadlines for each scholarship.  Scholarships need to be submitted online using the button below.  

Direct any questions to Geneva Hudgins (

Thank you and we look forward to your applications

Students interested in applying for scholarships can become members of AWWA for free by completing the online form below. 
Previous Scholarship Recipients
The Student Activities Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the VA AWWA Scholarships for 2021!  This year VA AWWA supported two operators, one undergraduate student, and two graduate students through its scholarship program. These scholarships further the recipients’ education and help them along their career path in the water industry. 
Meet each of the recipients and hear in their own words why they like the water industry and how these scholarships will help them achieve their goals.
OneAWWA Operator's Scholarship
Ryan Charles, Buchanan County Public Service Authority
“Every aspect of being an operator I can somehow find joy in. From the hands-on work, the position entails to the ability to provide clean drinking water is so important and I’m honored to have the ability to do so. These families rely on us to provide their families with their basic needs. These needs are something that I take pride in as well as my community.”
OneAWWA Operator's Scholarship
Kyle Trail, Town of Pulaski
VA AWWA Ray A Jackson Undergraduate Scholarship
Brianna Handford, attending the University of Virginia majoring in Civil Engineering with a focus on Water Resources Engineering.
“I believe that water resource engineering is one of the best tracks to pursue in order to leave a meaningful mark on local communities and the environment. With my degree, I hope to be internationally involved as a foreign aid worker and help provide communities with quick, equitable, and reliable access to clean water. I hope this career helps me form meaningful connections with people and show what it means to serve as an engineer. I can't thank the AWWA enough for helping me achieve my goals!”
Dr. Robert C. Hoehn Graduate Student Scholarship
Amanda Darling, attending Virginia Tech pursuing her Ph.D. in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program.
“My research interests include drinking water quality and treatment methods with a focus on rural areas of Appalachia. With the support the Dr. Robert C. Hoehn Graduate Student Scholarship provides, I hope to be able to connect existing disparities for rural communities in the U.S. to our understanding of strategies to improve safe drinking water access globally, providing data for policy-makers to better inform decision making on water and sanitation issues.”
Dr. Robert C. Hoehn Graduate Student Scholarship
Nancy Lilly, attending Virginia Tech pursuing a Masters Degree in Natural Resources
“I am honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the Dr. Robert C. Hoehn Graduate Scholarship for 2021.  This scholarship will contribute to my studies where I am learning how to integrate the different silos in our water industry and approach the complicated problems we face and will be facing in the future with systemic, creative, and inclusive solutions.”