Qualified applicants** must be:

  • A member of CWEA (discounted to students) or be sponsored by a member of CWEA.
  • Employed or pursuing a career, in the water environment industry.
  • Attending or planning on attending, a college, university, community college or technical trade school and pursuing a course of study related to the Water Environment Field.

**Scholarship Committee members, CWEA staff, and their relatives are not eligible.

CATEGORY DESCRIPTION
EMPLOYMENT STATUS STUDENT STATUS EDUCATIONAL GOAL
A Student Not Employed in Water Env. Industry Full or Part Time Associate Degree (AA/AS) or Trade School Certificate
B Student Not Employed in Water Env. Industry Full or Part Time Bachelor of Arts/Science (BA/BS)
C Student Not Employed in Water Env. Industry Full or Part Time Graduate Degree (Masters or Ph.D.)
D Student Is Employed in Water Env. Industry Full or Part Time Associate Degree (AA/AS) or Trade School Certificate
E Student Is Employed in Water Env. Industry Full or Part Time Bachelor of Arts/Science (BA/BS)
F Student Is Employed in Water Env. Industry Full or Part Time Graduate Degree (Masters or Ph.D.)
Funds are distributed based on ranking of applicants, number of qualified applicants and the financial status of the endowment fund. Awards vary in value and category selections are based on qualifying applications.

*Applicants are considered to be employed in the industry if they are employed full or part time by one of the following water environment industry employers:

  • Municipal/district water and wastewater systems
  • Municipal/district wastewater only systems
  • Municipal/district water only systems
  • Industrial systems/plants (manufacturing, processing, extraction)
  • Consulting or contracting firm (e.g., engineering, contracting and environmental)
  • Government agency (e.g., EPA, state agency, etc.)
  • Research or analytical laboratories
  • Manufacturer of water/wastewater equipment or products
  • Water/wastewater product distributor or manufacturer’s rep

Application forms are made available online after September 1st.

Applications must be submitted by January 15.

GATHER THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS

  • OFFICIAL transcripts. Scanned copies of official transcripts will be accepted. Online transcripts and any other form of grade reports will not be accepted. Transcripts must be from within the current school year. If you are enrolling into a new program, provide a copy of your most recent transcript.

  • Statement of career and personal goals. 1,000 words or less.

  • Financial Aid. Describe how receiving a Kirt Brooks Scholarship would financially assist you in achieving your personal, educational, and career goals. Please note that this scholarship will only directly offset your tuition. This scholarship itself cannot be used for personal expenses or housing.

  • Two (2) letters of reference (non-family). Letters should be on the letterhead of the firm, school or organization involved and reference specific duties or classes taken, as well as dates. These can come from co-workers, supervisors, professors, classmates, instructors, etc. Letters must be from within the last 6 months and relevant to the scholarship application. (Scanned letters will be accepted.)

  • CWEA member sponsor. Yourself or anyone you know that is a member (family, co-worker, friend, professor, etc.). You or your sponsoring member must be a current member in order to be eligible. Student memberships are $20 and you can join at join.cwea.org.

INCOMPLETE OR DISQUALIFIED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE EVALUATED.
Applications, including related documents, will be evaluated by the Scholarship Committee to determine the successful scholarship recipients. Only the current-year forms will be accepted.

Completed application form must be submitted online. Only the forms from the current year will be accepted.

APPLY ONLINE

  • Get help from a mentor or counselor
  • Share your resume when you ask someone for a reference.
  • Read the application and gather all the materials from the How To Apply section before sitting down to apply online. You can even provide them with a sample outline with key points to cover about you.

ON WHAT BASIS IS THE KIRT BROOK SCHOLARSHIP EVALUATED?

a. Verification of CWEA membership or sponsoring member.

b. Scholarship record (all inclusive).

c. Relation of Education Major and career goals to Water Environment Industry.

d. Need for financial aid. Degree of need will be considered when determining the amount awarded to qualified individuals. This information can be provided in the form of income tax information, explanation letters of hardship, etc.

e. Applicant’s personal references.

f. Verification of enrollment from the educational institution of attendance starting in the Fall. (A proof of enrollment on school letterhead is required prior to award.)

g. To qualify and be eligible for a Kirt Brooks Scholarship, applicants must maintain an overall GPA as required by their school. Applicants are not required to be “A” students.

h. Relation of occupation to the Water Environment Industry.

i. Amount of units enrolled for versus amount of hours working.

WHEN MUST APPLICATIONS BE IN?
Completed applications must be received by January 15.

WHEN WILL APPLICANTS RECEIVE NOTICE OF AWARDS?
Scholarship recipients will be notified in writing in March, prior to the annual conference.

WHEN IS THE SCHOLARSHIP EFFECTIVE AND HOW WILL PAYMENTS BE MADE?
The Scholarship is effective immediately (for the succeeding fall semester) and disbursements will be made between September 15th and October 15th, directly to the financial aid or registrar’s office at the college, university or trade school indicated on the application at CWEA’s discretion. Please note that this scholarship will only directly offset your tuition. This scholarship itself cannot be used for personal expenses or housing.

DOES IT AFFECT AN APPLICANT’S POTENTIAL FOR AWARD IF OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED?
It may, if the Scholarship Committee has determined that the applicant has sufficient funds for the school year, beginning in September without the Kirt Brooks Scholarship. Additionally, those who have received a Kirt Brooks Scholarship in prior years may apply, but priority will be given to applicants who have never received a scholarship from CWEA.

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2020

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