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In order to prepare the next generation for the environmentally and economically sound practice of solid waste, SWANA has developed several scholarship and internship programs for students studying in fields related to solid waste management.

Grant H. Flint International Scholarship Program

Participation in the Grant H. Flint International Scholarship Program begins at the Chapter level. Contact the chapter in which your state or province is located for their specific application requirement, as they may have an additional award and funding round that follows a different schedule than the SWANA International Program. Also check back here in February for the new SWANA Grant H. Flint International Scholarship application form that will be required for the 2022 funding round.

Completed applications must be received by respective chapters no later than May 1st of the current calendar year. The Chapter Scholarship Committees are responsible for reviewing and selecting local winners, and forwarding one representative for each scholarship category to the International Scholarship Committee for review.

The names and completed applications of chapter winners must be received by the SWANA Staff Scholarship Administrator no later than June 1st of the current year in order to be considered for an international award.

At-large applicants should forward their applications directly to the SWANA Staff Scholarship Administrator by May 1; no more than two At-Large scholarship applications will be accepted for each category.

Schedule for Selection

May 1 — Deadline for submission of application materials to Chapter Scholarship Committee

June 1 — Deadline for submission of chapter candidates for review by International Scholarship Committee

July 15 — International Scholarship Committee meets to select winners

August 1–15 — Announcement of International Scholarship winners

Award Categories

Category I: Graduating high school seniors or graduate equivalent certified candidates who have been accepted for enrollment in a junior college, a four-year college, or a university (any program). To be eligible, candidates must be the children or grandchildren of a SWANA Member (sponsor) in good standing as of May 1st of the current calendar year.

Category II: Currently enrolled full-time college or university students who are entering their junior or senior undergraduate year and pursuing a degree in environmental science, engineering, or other suitable major related to the field of solid waste management. To be eligible, candidates must be the children or grandchildren of a SWANA Member (sponsor) in good standing as of May 1st of the current calendar year or SWANA Student Members in good standing.

Scholarship Amount

The total amount given within Category I and Category II will be $20,000. The amount for each individual award will be determined by the International Scholarship Committee.

The Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Scholarship Award

The criteria for selection

Full-time students who are entering or are in graduate school pursuing a degree in environmental science, engineering or other suitable major related to the field of solid waste management. Eligible candidates must be sons, daughters, grandsons or granddaughters of a SWANA Member (sponsor) in good standing as of May 1st or SWANA Student Members in good standing.

Scholarship Amount

One award of $5,000

Harvey W. Gershman Scholarship

Named for a co-founder and owner of Gershman, Brickner, & Bratton, Inc., (GBB), this scholarship is awarded to full-time university students pursuing a degree in studies applicable to the field of solid waste or resource management and intending to seek employment in the industry.

The criteria for selection

Students from Northeastern University are particularly encouraged to apply, but all Category II scholarship applicants may also be considered for this prestigious award.

Scholarship Amount

The new scholarship of $5,000 a year is funded by a generous donation from Harvey Gershman. SWANA will manage the scholarship as part of its annual Grant H. Flint International Scholarship program.

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