New York Section One AWWA Operator Scholarship

$1,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
12/31/2022Submission Deadline

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The New York Section American Water Works Association (NYSAWWA) aims to lead the water community to provide sustainable safe water through the advancement of management, education, science, and technology. The One AWWA Operator Scholarship is funded through the support of AWWA’s Water Equation Campaign and the New York Section American Water Works Association. The scholarship is awarded to cover costs related to water or wastewater operators’ training and education.

Applicants must either be current water or wastewater operators or seeking to enter the water or wastewater profession. Applicants must also be pursuing an operator’s license or certification, a two- or four-year degree related to the water operator profession. They must reside or work within the geographical boundaries of the New York Section.

The $1,000 award is disbursed directly to the recipient’s college, university, or technical school. Funds can be used to reimburse expenses for items related to books, manuals, conferences, professional development courses, and other eligible expenses. Each scholarship recipient will also receive a one-year AWWA Operator membership.

Key Information of New York Section One AWWA Operator Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study

Water Operator

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Vocational/Technical School
  • Undergraduate

Award Amount


Number of Awards


New York Section One AWWA Operator Scholarship Timeline

January 2022

Application Opening Date

Applications open on January 1.

December 2022

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on December 31.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: All
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: New York
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity:

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Recommendation letters
  • Essay
  • Present Work Experiences

How to ace the New York Section One AWWA Operator Scholarship


Determine your career goals

By deciding where you want to be within the water or wastewater operator profession, you will know what programs or professional development to pursue. Determining your career goals in advance will put you in a better position to describe your career objectives in your cover letter.


Look into gaps in the water industry

In your cover letter, you will be required to discuss how the scholarship will enhance your ability to bring value to the water industry. Before making your application, look at areas of the water industry that are lagging behind. This will provide you with information on where you can best apply your skills and efforts to improve the water industry.


Reach out to water or wastewater professional

Talking to a professional operator will expose you to opportunities in the operator profession. You will also receive guidance on what training you should receive to help you secure available opportunities. A professional will also write a good recommendation which must be submitted as part of your application.


Take up internships

Taking up internships or volunteer positions will expose you to the day-to-day activities of a water or wastewater operator. This will also help you to clearly determine possible areas or positions in which you would be interested to work in.

How the New York Section One AWWA Operator Scholarship is Judged

Eligible applicants must submit a complete application form, accompanied by a cover letter of career objectives, and how the scholarship will enhance their ability for professional development and bring value to the water industry. Applicants must also submit their résumé as well as two letters of recommendation or reference. Applicants are judged on the strength of their cover letters and letters of recommendation.

Why We Love the New York Section One AWWA Operator Scholarship


Applicants are challenged to give back

Since applicants must be residing in New York, they are challenged to think about how they can use their skills to improve the water industry in their home area.


Applicants receive mentorship opportunities

As applicants reach out to professionals in the water industry, they build valuable networks that can grow into mentorship opportunities.


No academic record requirements

Applicants are not required to submit nor are they assessed on any details related to their academic performance.

5 Facts About New York Section AWWA


Over 100 years old

The New York Section AWWA was formed in 1914 and had its first meeting on January 20, 1914, at the Manhattan Hotel.


Over 2,000 members

Since its formation in 1914 with less than 100 members, the section’s membership has grown to more than 2,200 individual and organizational members that reflect all aspects of the water quality community.


It provides resources to help pass exams

The section publishes the Opflow magazine, containing the Certification Corner that helps professionals to sharpen their skills and stay test-ready to pass certification exams with ease.


It has an eLearning center

The section has an eLearning center that is an online training and record-keeping program that delivers affordable and detailed content to earn a contact hour certificate.


It runs advocacy programs

The section runs advocacy programs whose priorities are infrastructure funding, managing lead in drinking water, and supporting source water protection, thus maintaining the vulnerable utilities at all levels.

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