Back to School Never Felt so Rewarding for Two Local Engineering Students

Short Essay Earns Engineering Students Big Bucks for College Thanks to WSSC Scholarship

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LAUREL, Md. – Aug. 28, 2017: Heading back-to-school this year got a little more rewarding for two local engineering students. It took just 1,500 words for Trevor Moore and Shannon Jin to feel a little more confident in how they plan to pay for college and their engineering degrees. That’s because Trevor and Shannon were each awarded $1,000 scholarships from WSSC. Winners of the Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarship can receive up to $4,000 over four years, plus paid WSSC summer internships while participating in the program.

“It is an honor to be able to help Trevor and Shannon realize their dreams to become engineers,” said WSSC Commission Chair Thomasina V. Rogers. “Engineers solve complex problems, and through this scholarship WSSC is investing in the next generation of problem solvers to help address our infrastructure challenges. Just as important as our water and wastewater pipes are to the 1.8 million residents we proudly serve, these students enable us to build our talent pipeline to ensure WSSC’s continued success.”

“Our internship and scholarship programs are all about preparing future leaders for careers in the water industry,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “We hope Trevor and Shannon will be able to join our talented workforce as professional engineers to help us continue our clean water mission.”

Both students wrote winning essays that addressed the national issue of aging infrastructure: “As a result of increasingly aging infrastructure, WSSC has a goal each year to replace 61 miles of variously-sized water mains located throughout the WSSC sanitary district. Recognizing this places a tremendous burden on the communities WSSC serves, describe, in 1500 words or less, the program you would establish to accomplish this goal, along with associated impact/outcomes.”

Trevor is a 2015 graduate of the Washington International School and rising junior at Purdue University in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering. He is part of Purdue’s honors program and expects to graduate in May 2019. He learned of the engineering scholarship while interning at WSSC. He is a highly motivated student at Purdue, serving as chair of the Engineering Honors Leadership Council and as Vice President of the Purdue Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

"It is an honor to have been selected as a recipient of this year's scholarship award," said Trevor. “I will use this award to further my studies at Purdue University to attain a Civil Engineering Degree and become a licensed professional engineer."

Shannon is 2016 graduate of Thomas S. Wootton High School in Montgomery County and was accepted to the Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University in New York City. Following a gap year, she will be attending Columbia as an Egleston scholar and computer science major starting this fall.

“It is very exciting to have been chosen as a recipient of this year’s Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarship,” said Shannon. “The scholarship is a perfect fit and will help me with my education as I begin the road to becoming an engineer.”

The Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarship began in 2006 and is 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 leading to an engineering degree. High school seniors who have been accepted and are enrolled in an accredited university engineering program also are eligible. Winners are eligible for additional awards of $1,000 each year for up to four consecutive years as long as residency and grade point average requirements are met. Winners also receive priority consideration for paid summer internships at WSSC.

In addition to Trevor and Shannon receiving scholarships, three previous winners who participated in this summer’s WSSC internship program received renewal awards at a recent Commission meeting:

  • Kwynn Johnson, 2014 winner from Montgomery County, is rising senior at UMBC majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He recently served as an intern in the Industrial Discharge Control Unit, Regulatory Services Division and has interned at WSSC since 2015.
  • Ragime Young, 2014 winner from Prince George’s County, is a senior at Morgan State University majoring in Electrical Engineering. She recently served as an intern in the Pipeline Construction Division and has interned at WSSC since 2015.
  • William (Billy) Rosenberg, 2016 winner from Prince George’s County, is a rising sophomore at the University of Maryland majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He recently served as an intern in the Utility Services West Division.

"As you can see this truly is the scholarship that keeps on giving," said WSSC Corporate Secretary Sheila Finlayson, administrator of the scholarship program. "Kwynn was awarded the scholarship in 2014 as an incoming Freshman at UMD and he has reaped the full benefits of the scholarship program, having received scholarship cash renewals for 2015, 2016, and 2017 and interning as a paid employee in various engineering divisions at WSSC for the past three summers. Same goes for Ragime, who also won the award in 2014 as a rising Sophomore at Morgan State. She has received additional cash awards for the past three years and has worked with us as a paid student intern for the past two summers. In total, the WSSC Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarships have a potential value of approximately $10,000 per award."

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