Alameda water district offers $5K scholarship to Callifornia university or college students

The Alameda County Water District (ACWD) said received the Clair A. Hill Award for excellence in water management and innovation from the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA). As the honored recipient, ACWD will administer the Clair A. Hill Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year.

ACWA began its scholarship program in 1988 to assist talented and innovative students in joining the effort to ensure California’s water quality and to implement sound water management policies. This year, ACWA continues its academic scholarship program by offering a $5,000 scholarship in the name of water leader Clair A. Hill to a qualified student in a water resources-related field of study, the district said in a news release.

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be California residents attending a California college or university. Applicants must have completed their sophomore work, and at the time of the award be full-time students in their junior or senior year. They must also plan to attend school for the complete academic year. The award will be based on both scholastic achievement and on the individual’s commitment and motivation to his or her chosen vocation.

The scholarship recipient should demonstrate commitment to the field of water resources by pursuing a degree related to, or identified with, a water resources-related field of study (e.g. civil engineering, agricultural and/or urban water supply, environmental studies, public administration). For complete guidelines and the application, visit www.acwd.org or call (510) 668-4209. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2011.

The Alameda County Water District is an independent special district which supplies drinking water to the cities of Fremont, Newark, and Union City in southern Alameda County. It was the first water district founded under the County Water District Act of 1913 and the first contractor to receive water from the State Water Project. ACWD supplies its customers with water from four sources - the State Water Project, San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy system, local groundwater and the Newark Desalination Facility. The five-member Board of Directors is elected by registered voters within the boundaries of the district.