The Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarships

In 1980, AWRA established the Endowment-Memorial Fund to be used for the enhancement of education in water resources. The fund has since been renamed the Richard A. Herbert Memorial Educational Fund to honor Richard A. Herbert -- a champion for water resources education -- who passed away in 1994. In order to carry out his vision, AWRA is proud to announce the availability of scholarships derived from the proceeds of this fund. 

2020-2021 Eligibility & Awards Available

Applicants must be a national AWRA member. At least one $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student working toward his/her first undergraduate degree and enrolled in a program related to water resources for the 2020-2021 academic year. At least one $2,000 scholarship will also be awarded to a full-time graduate student enrolled in a program relating to water resources for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants must be national AWRA member and must be enrolled full-time for the full academic year (Fall/Spring semesters or Fall/Winter/Spring quarters).*

Selection Criteria

The undergraduate scholarship will be awarded to the student member most qualified by academic performance. Measures of academic performance include the cumulative grade point average, relevance of the student's curriculum to water resources, and leadership in extracurricular activities related to water resources. The graduate scholarship will be awarded to the student member most qualified by academic and/or research performance. The measures of academic performance are identical to those of the undergraduate scholarship with the addition of the quality of the student's research and its relevance to water resources. Recipients will be selected by the AWRA Student Activities Committee and announced in May 2020.

Application Process


A complete application packet must be completed online by April 17, 2020 and contain:
  • Title page that includes the applicant's full name, permanent mailing address, email address, phone number where he or she may be easily reached, and the type of scholarship (undergraduate or graduate).
  • Two-page summary (approx. 500 words) of his/her academic interests and achievements, extracurricular interests, and career goals as they relate to the above selection criteria.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Three signed letters of reference from professors and/or advisors. Letters of reference MUST include the signatures of the referee - PDFs of the signed letters work best.
  • Transcripts of all college courses (undergraduate and graduate). Legible copies of "Issued to Student" transcripts are acceptable to save on fees but unofficial grade reports (such as those students can access from their online student accounts at the university) are unacceptable. Application packets that include unofficial grade reports will not be considered. Transcripts from foreign institutions must have English translations, as well as calculations to 4.0 GPA scale.
Applications are due April 17, 2020 and winners will be announced in May. Applications must be submitted online through AWRA's portal. AWRA will provide an acknowledgement of receipt of your application but will not provide updates to your application status or request missing information. Please make sure your application is complete when it is submitted. We look forward to hearing from you.

*The AWRA Board of Directors may, at its sole discretion, approve additional scholarship awards, based upon the performance of the Memorial Fund.

2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients

Graduate Recipients | PhD
Winner: Jessica Balerna
University of South Florida
Integrative Biology; Ecology & Evolution Concentration

Runner-up: Fatima Taha
Oregon State University
Doctor of Philosophy, Geography

Graduate Recipients | Masters
Winner: Walker Grimshaw
University of North Carolina, Master of Science, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Duke University, Master of Environmental Management

Runner-up: Tyler Kleinasser
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Master of Science, Construction Engineering and Management

Undergraduate Recipient | Bachelors
Winner: Ngoc Nguyen
University of Denver
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science


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