Clean Water Scholarships

The Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts (WASWD) is pleased to offer scholarships to individuals interested in pursuing a career in the industry represented by our membership. WASWD offers a college scholarship, and a utility operator scholarship for high school graduates or others who seek technical training for operator positions.

The WASWD Scholarship Fund is dedicated to Walt Canter, a long-term Commissioner of the Cedar River Water and Sewer District (1969-2017). He is considered a legend in the Sewer and Water industry in the State of Washington. 
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Eligibilty Requirements:  
All Applicants:
  • Applicants must be Washington State Resident
  • OR Employee, Elected Official or Family member of a WASWD Member
College Scholarship Applicants Additional Minimum Requirements:
  • Full or Part-time student
  • Attendance at an accredited college, university, or technical school
  • Pursuit of a degree; Associates, Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate
  • Pursuit of a degree in management or technical training in water or wastewater industry
Utility Operator Scholarship Applicants Minimum Requirements:
  • Must be pursuing a career in the water or wastewater industry
  • Participation in an industry relevant training or certification program

In 2023 a total of four Scholarships were granted at the value of $2500 each.

Scholarship funds are designated solely for tuition, textbooks, laboratory fees, and other direct educational expenses. Tuition payments are remitted directly to the educational institution.

When filling out the application, complete the appropriate portions of the application that applies to your academic goals.
Donations to the Walt Canter Scholarship fund
extend the reach to students in need and are much appreciated.