Our Mission: To connect and enrich the Illinois water community
and increase the awareness of the impact and value of water.

Environmental Career Scholarship


The scholarship application deadline is January 31, 2024.

The IWEA Environmental Career Scholarship is designed to aid science minded students preparing for college. IWEA will award a $500 scholarship to a high school student who is college bound and interested in science and the environment. Scholarship winners will be introduced at the IWEA's Annual Conference. The IWEA will offer a reimbursement grant of up to $250 to the teacher who wrote letter of recommendation for the scholarship award winner.

Students must meet the following requirements to be considered for the scholarship.
  • Be an Illinois resident and attend high school in Illinois.
  • Be a college bound senior, willing to submit enrollment documentation before receiving the scholarship remittance.
  • Have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Submit a complete application packet to Scholarship Committee

IWEA asks that all applicants use our on line application form. The on-line application asks you to attach an essay/personal statement, a reference letter, and your transcripts. Please submit these documents in PDF format. It is not necessary for the transcripts to be "official" transcripts. You may want to read through the detailed instructions before completing the on-line application.
Scholarship Application, on-line application
Scholarship Application, detailed instructions

Specific questions about completing the scholarship form can be directed to IWEA's Scholarship Committee Chair, Paul Hurley.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2023 scholarship in November 2022.

Congratulations to our past scholarship winners.
 2022  Annette Winterland 
 2019Avigail Bailon  Morton East High School, Cicero, IL
 2018Jonathan Kolweier  Hoffman Estates High School, Hoffman Estates, IL
 2018Jessica Shen  Adlai E Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
 2017Serena Zhu  Waubansie Valley High School, Aurora, IL