Two Engineering Students From Maryland Earn the Counihan/Starks Scholarship

WSSC Invests in the Future

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Laurel – July 16, 2014: In an effort to secure bright young minds for the future of water infrastructure, WSSC has awarded Prince George’s County resident Ragime Young and Montgomery County resident Kwynn Johnson the 2014 Counihan/Starks Engineering Scholarship. Young and Johnson were honored at the monthly WSSC Commission meeting today.

A rising sophomore at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Young is pursuing a degree in engineering with a concentration in electrical studies.

Young is working two internships and was represented at the meeting by her mother, who displayed a poster of her daughter. “Thank you to WSSC for this award. Ragime couldn’t be here, so I brought the next best thing! She is an extremely hard worker and I’m proud she is pursuing an engineering degree. And I thank my daughter for giving me bragging rights.”

Johnson recently graduated from Northwest High school in Germantown and will enter UMBC as a Meyerhoff Scholar this fall to study mechanical engineering.

“I am very thankful for the generosity of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in awarding me this scholarship,” said Johnson of the award. “Per [WSSC’s] their example, I will strive to always do my best and give back to my community.”

Both students wrote winning essays that addressed the following: Describe the biggest threat to this region’s source water and what you think should be done about it. Young offered green infrastructure as a possible solution to storm water runoff pollution. Johnson discussed population growth, climate change and construction, and the resulting impact on our depleting water supply. Hesuggests innovative technology to recycle more water coupled with conservation incentives.

Two WSSC summer interns who are past winners (2013 and 2011, respectively) also earned renewable scholarships. Adeolu Babayemi attends Ohio State University and is an intern with the Regulatory Services Group in the FOG Unit. Kiran Fatima attends University of Maryland at College Park and is working with the Systems Inspection Group at the Lyttonsville depot.

The Counihan/Starks Engineering Scholarship aims to assist engineering students in achieving their goals while encouraging them to consider careers at WSSC. As recipients, Young and Johnson are eligible to receive $1,000 for the next four consecutive years and have the opportunity for a paid WSSC internship in the summer of 2015. Awardees are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or an advanced degree in engineering and hold permanent residency in the WSSC service district.

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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