Donald G. Willems Scholarship awarded jointly by MSAWWA & MWEA

MSAWWA and MWEA are equal partners in offering the Donald G. Willems Scholarship. One or two scholarships are offered annually to students whose course work leads to employment in the water and wastewater fields, which are highly diverse, including specialization in water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collection, water resources, watershed protection, groundwater remediation, and many other subdisciplines, including for example, the study of waterborne disease.

Each award includes a scholarship of $1500 to be used toward the cost of education, such as tuition, books, and supplies. Recipients also receive a one-year student membership to either AWWA or WEF (recipient’s choice), and also paid registration and lodging for the MSAWWA/MWEA Joint Conference. The conference includes a variety of presentations on the technical details of project work, research, and regulations, as well as numerous vendor displays of equipment and products for the water/wastewater industry. A conference banquet provides opportunity to socialize with professionals from around Montana and the other northwest states.

Basic Requirements

  1. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Montana college or university.
  2. The applicants major course work must be leading them toward employment in the fields of water and/or wastewater.
  3. Applicants may be enrolled in a program at any degree level (associate, bachelor’s or graduate).
  4. Applicants must have at least a 2.0 G.P.A., based on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Application Instructions
  6. Applicants must submit the Donald G. Willems Scholarship Application Form along with supplementary information that is requested on the application. The completed application and supplementary information must be postmarked by March 15th. Instructions are provided for all entries on the application form. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

Conditions of Acceptance

  1. Applications will be ranked by the MSAWWA/MWEA Scholarship Committee. Candidates will be notified of the Committee’s decision in April.
  2. The successful candidates must notify the Scholarship Committee within one week, indicating acceptance or rejection of the award.
  3. Recipients will be asked to submit either an AWWA or WEF membership form. Membership will be paid by MSAWWA/MWEA.
  4. Recipients will be invited to attend the annual conference. Registration, including meals and lodging, is paid by MSAWWA/MWEA. Transportation is paid by the student.
  5. The scholarship will be awarded in the recipient’s name to the school he/she is attending in August of the year awarded. The school will use the scholarship to balance the student’s account, and will distribute any remaining funds directly to the student.
  6. Please direct questions to Greg Lukasik at Greg is the Scholarship Committee Chair.