MAJORING IN ENGINEERING?: WSSC Now Accepting Applications for Annual Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarships

Clean Water Utility Builds Talent Pipeline for Next Generation of Problem Solvers

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Laurel – March 27, 2017: Continuing a long-standing tradition of building a talent pipeline by investing in future engineers, WSSC today announced it is accepting applications for the utility’s annual Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarships until June 2, 2017. The two $1,000 scholarships are open to engineering students who permanently reside in WSSC’s service district of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and are enrolled in an accredited college or university program that leads to an engineering degree. High school seniors who have been accepted into a college engineering program also are eligible. Students can be enrolled in a school outside of the service district but must maintain permanent residency in either Prince George’s or Montgomery County.

“Through this annual scholarship program, we are investing in tomorrow’s engineering leaders by helping them achieve their goals of becoming future innovators and problem solvers,” said WSSC Commission Chair Fausto R. Bayonet.  “We are providing an opportunity for students to become more familiar with what we do, and we hope these students will want to come back and pursue careers at WSSC.”

“The water industry faces complex challenges, including repairing and replacing aging infrastructure, and engineers are crucial to developing solutions to address these concerns,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “These scholarships continue WSSC’s efforts to build a talent pipeline to ensure our future success.”

Each year, up to two new $1,000 scholarships may be awarded. Scholarship recipients are eligible for additional awards for up to four consecutive years, which may include post-graduate studies in engineering. Scholarship recipients also are given priority consideration for WSSC’s paid summer internship positions while enrolled in school. The scholarships and internship opportunities total a potential value of more than $10,000 over four years.

To qualify for the 2017 scholarships, applicants must:

  • Provide proof of permanent residency in WSSC’s service district;
  • Be enrolled 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 a 1,500-word (maximum) essay examining the following topic:

“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 the program you would establish to accomplish this goal, along with associated impact/outcomes.”

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 2, 2017. For more detailed information and to access the online application, visit  

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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