Future Engineers Compete to Earn WSSC’s Counihan/Starks Engineering Scholarship

Application Deadline is May 30

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Laurel – May 13, 2014:  The May 30 application deadline is fast approaching for the annual Counihan/Starks Engineering Scholarships. This year, WSSC asked future engineers from Prince George’s and Montgomery counties for innovative ways to protect this region’s source water.

2014 Essay Topic: In 1,500 words or less, describe the biggest threat to this region’s source water and what you think should be done about it. Along with the required essay and proof of residency, students must submit a cover letter, official transcript and two references. 

To qualify, students must:

  • Provide proof of permanent residency in WSSC’s service district (e.g., copy of Maryland driver’s license, voter registration card or other documentation that shows student resides permanently in the sanitary district); and,
  • Be enrolled full time in a degree program at an accredited college or university in the following areas:  Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Material Science and Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science. 

Students may apply online via the WSSC website: www.wsscwater.com - Go to Career Center tab; Click on Scholarships link – Gene Counihan/Joyce Starks Engineering Scholarships.  Submission deadline is Friday, May 30, 2014. Mailed applications must be postmarked by the deadline date and sent to: Sheila Finlayson, Esq., Corporate Secretary, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Maryland  20707.  Questions should also be directed to Finlayson at 301-206-8200 or sfinlay@wsscwater.com.

Named in honor of current Commissioner Gene W. Counihan and former Commissioner Joyce Starks, the scholarships are awarded annually to college students who reside in WSSC’s service district and are enrolled in an accredited program at a college or university that leads to an engineering degree. Up to two new scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each may be awarded and winners are eligible for additional awards of $1,000 each year for up to four consecutive years. Winners will be notified by June 30, 2014, and the scholarships will be awarded at the July 16, 2014 Commission Meeting.

WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.

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