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TAWWA Scholarships

Since forming in 1971, The Texas Section AWWA has awarded nearly $500,000 in scholarships to members and their families. Funding for these scholarships come from Texas Section investments and contributions to the Texas Section Scholarship Program, as well as support from the Water Conservation License Plate.

The Texas Section AWWA congratulates its 19 scholarship recipients for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Texas Section AWWA Scholarship Committee selected 17 students to receive $2,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. Out of 75 applicants, these students were awarded scholarships through the Texas Section AWWA:

Kristin Birkhoff | Dallas | University of Arkansas

Jacob Emmons | Bulverde | Purdue University

Luisa Florez Umbarila | Katy | University of Texas at Austin

Jaclyn Guz | San Antonio | Clark University

Grayson Jackson | Grapevine | Baylor University

Zahra Kohankar Kouchesfehani | Grand Prairie | University of Texas at Arlington

Alan Lewis | Bryan | Texas A&M University

Justin Macmanus | Harlingen | Texas A&M University

Brandy Martinez | Garland | Southern Methodist University

Samantha Paul | College Station | Texas A&M University

Madison Rasmus | Austin | University of Texas at Austin

Jacobi Reynolds | Henrietta | Baylor University

Grant Shelton | Katy | Texas Christian University

Savanna Smith | Rockport | University of Texas at Austin

Katie Stowers | Dallas | Southern Methodist University

Adam Thane | Georgetown | Texas A&M University

Tony Young | Benbrook | West Texas A&M University

Grayson Jackson was awarded a scholarship from funds raised by the exclusive Texas AWWA Water Conservation License Plate.

The Texas Section AWWA, in cooperation with Alan Plummer Associates, also announced Savanna Smith, of Rockport, as the recipient of the $3,000 Alan Plummer Associates/TAWWA Environmental Scholarship. Smith is studying civil engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

The Alan Plummer Associates/TAWWA Environmental Scholarship awards a $3,000 scholarship to a student studying to become an engineer or scientist in the water environmental field.

Brandon Lacy, of Arlington, was also named the recipient of the One AWWA Operator Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship award can be used for certification/licensure, two-year water related associate degree, technical school program, professional training program, books and manuals, and operator related conferences. The scholarship recipient also receives a one-year AWWA Operator membership.

Learn more about the Texas Section AWWA Scholarship Program and how to donate, provide a legacy donation or purchase your Water Conservation License Plate below.

For more information about the Texas Water Scholarship Program, email Mike Howe, TAWWA Executive Director, at


The Texas Section AWWA is committed to the support of higher education through the Texas Section AWWA Scholarship Program.

The program is open to the children of Texas Section members or members who have returned to full time education. Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors or students already enrolled in college or post graduate work.

You can support our Scholarship Program by purchasing your Water Conservation License Plate anytime during the year by purchasing your Water Conservation License Plate here.

The Scholarship Committee is chaired by:

Irazema Rojas, Desert Mountain Chapter, and members include:

  • Yongki Shim – Southeast Chapter
  • Grishma Patel – Capital Area Chapter
  • Vicente Garza – South Texas Chapter
  • Sid McCain – North Texas Chapter
  • Sarah Guemez – Desert Mountain Chapter

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