New York American Water Announces College Scholarship Program

Five $3,000 scholarships are being offered to high school seniors.

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2015 Scholarship Winner Kimberly Jelich of Malverne.

Photo by: New York American Water

Merrick, NY - February 26, 2016 - New York American Water is offering five $3,000 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in the water-utility industry or related fields. This is the sixth consecutive year New York American Water has offered scholarships to high school students within its service area as part of its commitment to fostering the future workforce and leaders of the state’s water supply. The scholarship program is part of an outreach effort by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), of which New York American Water is a member. Students must submit their applications no later than April 1, 2016.
“The water industry faces challenges in the near term and long term, such as aging infrastructure and managing a finite supply,” said Brian Bruce, president of New York American Water, and chairman of the New York Chapter of NAWC. “The brightest minds in our high schools today will be tasked with meeting those challenges and developing solutions. These scholarships will help them meet their educational goals and help nurture the future leaders of the water industry.”
The scholarship is offered to all high school seniors in New York American Water's service area who meet the following criteria:  
  • United States Citizen
  • A New York resident for 5 years
  • High school senior pursuing a degree at a New York college or university (two- or four-year) as an undergraduate student (part- or full-time) 
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 GPA grading scale
  • Enrolling in a curriculum related to the water utility industry or related fields such as,environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, computer science, environmental law, etc.
Students interested in applying for a scholarship are encouraged to contact their guidance counselor or visit the New York American Water website, obtain a copy of the application. For more information contact Rose Simpson at 516-632-2208 or  
New York American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water company in New York, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 350,000 people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at


  • 2015 Scholarship Winner Kyle Rhodehouse of Wantagh. Photo by: New York American Water

  • 2015 Scholarship Winner Kimberly Jelich of Malverne. Photo by: New York American Water