SWANA Announces 2018 Scholarship Winners
Scholarships promoting solid waste industry education awarded to four exceptional students,
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Grant H. Flint Scholarship Program, awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in academic and social endeavors. In support of its mission to promote and foster industry education, SWANA offers up to $25,000 a year in scholarships at the high school, college and graduate level. Many of SWANA's 45 chapters also provided local scholarships from their individual areas.
"SWANA deeply values the opportunity to support students in their college and graduate programs and believes this is a unique area to promote the solid waste industry to future professionals," said Charles Weidner, Chair of SWANA's Scholarship Committee. "We are proud to offer scholarships to these deserving students."
Scholarships were awarded at two levels:
• Category I: Graduating high school seniors:
o Sasha Weber, Livingston, New Jersey, attending Barnard College
o Anelise Sedlock, Lawrence, Kansas, attending University of Kansas
o Madison Duval, Roanoke, Virginia, attending Georgetown University
• Category II: Undergraduate juniors or seniors pursuing a degree in a field related to solid waste management:
o Shannon O'Connor, Valley, Nova Scotia, attending Dalhousie University
"The Grant H. Flint Scholarship Program application process opened my eyes to various aspects of waste management and how they are interrelated, as well as allowed me to develop connections with professionals who are working in the solid waste industry," said O'Connor. "I greatly appreciate this scholarship from SWANA, and I am excited to learn more about this rewarding industry."
To be eligible, high school students must be the children or grandchildren of current SWANA members. College and graduate students must be either sponsored by a SWANA member or a SWANA member themselves. Scholarships were awarded by a committee of SWANA members who represent a broad cross section of the Association's overall membership.
For more information about the Grant H. Flint Scholarship Awards Program, visit swana.org/awards/scholarshipsinternships.
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