The Engineering Scholarship that Keeps on Giving

WSSC Now Accepting Applications for Prestigious Engineering Scholarship Program

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LAUREL, MD – March 14, 2016:  WSSC is now accepting applicants for its Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarship.  Winners of the scholarship can receive up to $4,000 over four years, plus the potential for paid WSSC internships. All told, this amounts to a potential value of over $10,000 over four years.

The engineering scholarships are awarded annually to students who reside in WSSC’s service district of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and are enrolled in an accredited program at a college or university that leads to an engineering degree. High school seniors who have been accepted into an institution of higher learning and are enrolled in an engineering program are also eligible. Students can be enrolled in a school outside of the service district but must permanently reside in either Prince George’s or Montgomery County. 

Up to two new scholarships in the amount of $1000 each may be awarded and winners are eligible for additional awards of $1000 each year for up to four consecutive years, which may include any post-graduate studies in engineering. Scholarship winners are also given priority consideration for WSSC’s paid summer internship positions while enrolled in school.

“These scholarships signal WSSC’s commitment to promoting the importance of engineering degrees and STEM education in general, and in building WSSC’s talent pipeline of the future,” said Chris Lawson, Commission Vice Chair. “This is an opportunity for students to become more familiar with WSSC, which employs a wide range of engineers to carry out the vital task of delivering clean drinking water to our 1.8 million residents. And we hope these students will want to come back and pursue careers at WSSC.”

To qualify for the 2016 scholarships, applicants must:

  • Provide proof of permanent residency in WSSC’s service district;
  • Be enrolled (or accepted if a high school senior) full time in a degree program at an accredited college or university that leads to an engineering degree in one of the following areas: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science/Engineering; and
  • Write an essay examining the following topic, in 1,500 words or less:

“It seems like every year we learn about more and more products making their way into WSSC’s source water.  Recognizing this problem, what treatments should WSSC be considering for use in the future?”

In addition to the essay and proof of residency, all applicants must submit a cover letter, official transcript and two letters of reference.  Applicants may apply online via the WSSC website or by mail to the attention of WSSC Corporate Secretary Sheila Finlayson, Esq., WSSC, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Maryland 20707.  Submission deadline is Friday, June 3, 2016.  For more information, access to online application and detailed eligibility guidelines, visit

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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