2021 Scholarship Winners

2021 Grant H. Flint Scholarship Program and Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Scholarship Awards Winners

Reviewing the applications—and especially the essays submitted by the applicants—is a highlight each year. We have to find ways to encourage these young people to work in our industry.

– Sara Bixby - Deputy Executive Director SWANA

These students were chosen from 40 total applications from 26 chapters and SWANA’s international membership. Committee members spent quite a bit of time evaluating applications and discussing both evaluation scores and rankings of all candidates in each category. “The quality of the applications is impressive and continues to raise the bar for future years,” said SWANA Deputy Executive Director Sara Bixby, who supports the Committee.

Category I: Graduating High School Seniors

Awarded to students accepted for enrollment in junior college, four-year college, or university (any program).

Mara Gerber

Nominated by the Utah Beehive Chapter. Attending Brigham Young University to study counseling. Sponsored by her grandfather Dwayne Woolley.

Abby Card

Nominated by the Southern New England Chapter. Attending the University of Connecticut to study nursing. Sponsored by her father Brian Card.

Isabella Riano

Nominated by the New York Chapter. Attending Cornell University to study government. Sponsored by her mother Nancy Blanco.

Category II: Undergraduate Juniors or Seniors

Awarded to full-time college or university students entering junior or senior undergraduate year. Candidates must pursue degrees in environmental science, engineering, or other major related to solid waste management.

Jason Pang

Jason Pang is a SWANA student member of the British Columbia–Yukon Pacific chapter. He is attending the University of British Columbia with a major in Global Resource Systems.

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

Victoria Chanez

Victoria Chanez is a SWANA student member of the Wisconsin Badger Chapter. She is attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a major in Environmental Engineering.

Robert P. Stearns / SCS Engineers Scholarship

Awarded to graduate students pursuing degrees in environmental science, engineering, or other major related to solid waste management.

Mohsen Zafari

Mohsen Zafari is a SWANA student member of the Ontario Chapter. He is working on his PhD in Geo Environmental Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.