Empowering Change: Engineering for a Sustainable Future with the Kirt Brooks Scholarship

Andrea Solis Reflects on the Impact of the Kirt Brooks Scholarship
Women in Water

I chose to study engineering to transform perspectives. While living abroad, I was lucky to experience different landscapes and cultures. Being born outside of the US, and living in other countries, has constantly reminded me of the different hurdles that come with living abroad—you have to adapt. As more people start moving into cities, communities have to adapt quickly to these new social environments and changing climate. I was lucky to be part of nature-based initiatives during my internship at my local sewer district where engineers and community partners are starting to think of this while developing projects that will enable neighborhoods to adapt to challenges like sea level rise and wildfires.

As an engineering student, I want to be able to guarantee quality projects and landscapes to habitants of cities and vibrant communities. Thanks to the Kirt Brooks Scholarship I am able to focus my time on academics and establishing connections in my community through these conversations around our changing climate without jeopardizing my family’s financial stability.

Andrea Solis recently finished her Student and Outreach Internship with Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District and is currently a Civil Engineering Student at UC Davis.


The Kirt Brooks Memorial Scholarship provides annual scholarships for individuals attending a College, University, Community College or Technical Trade School and pursuing a course of study related to the Water Environment Field. NEW! The Kirt Brooks Scholarship now includes non-degree training programs from colleges, community colleges, and trade schools in the eligible categories.

Do you or someone you know plan to attend a water related program next Fall? Share this link, applications for the Fall 2024 school year are due March 1. Apply for CWEA’s Kirt Brooks Scholarship program >