WSSC Awards Engineering Scholarship to Local Student

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Laurel – August 21, 2013: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) awarded the annual Joyce Starks/Gene Counihan Engineering Scholarship today to Adeolu Zion Babayemi, a second-year student attending The Ohio State University.

Mr. Babayemi, of Prince George’s County, initially receives $1,000. He will be eligible to receive scholarship funds for an additional three-year period and may also be offered a paid internship at WSSC in the summer of 2014.

The scholarship eligibility requirements state that the student must maintain a permanent address in the WSSC service district and be enrolled in a program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or an advanced degree in engineering. Students were also required to answer the following essay question as part of their submission:

"Consider the water/sewer system of the future: Describe it and detail how engineering will impact the evolution from today’s water systems to the water systems of the future.”

“I was interested and delighted to read what may have been one of the best essays the committee has ever received,” explained Gary Gumm, WSSC’s Chief Engineer and scholarship selection committee member. (Read the winning essay here)

The announcement was made at today’s Commission meeting, but Mr. Babayemi had already returned to school and was not able to attend. The scholarship is named after former WSSC Commissioner Joyce Starks and current Commission Chair Gene Counihan.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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