WSSC Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarship Awarded to Two Local Students
Centennial Year Reflections and Future Solutions Highlighted in Winning Essays
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel, Md. – July 30, 2018 – Detailing the benefits WSSC has brought to its 1.8 million residents over the past 100 years, two local students’ winning essays earned them this year’s WSSC Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarship worth $1,000 each. Cameron Taylor and Sebastian Wiggins, who also outlined the challenges facing water utilities over the next 25 years and how to resolve them, are eligible to receive an additional $1,000 for four consecutive years. The future engineers also have the opportunity to obtain paid internships while participating in the program.
“This really is the scholarship that keeps on giving,” emphasized Wiggins. “One of the scariest things about growing up and entering the real world is trying to find a job. In addition to the scholarship, WSSC is also offering me the opportunity to kick start my career as an intern and that is invaluable.”
“As we celebrate our Centennial we are also focusing on our future,” said T. Eloise Foster, WSSC Commission Chair. “The goal of the scholarship program is to encourage local students to pursue a career in engineering, and after graduating to join our workforce and use their knowledge, skills and innovative ideas to help address the challenges that will arise over the next century.“
Taylor, of Prince George’s County, is a junior majoring in civil engineering at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. He is pursuing structural engineering with a focus on environmental sustainability and public safety. Despite long commutes and financial obstacles, Taylor faces these challenges head on, allowing his determination to guide him.
“It means the world to me to have the backing and support of the Commission,” said Taylor. “I plan to use the scholarship and the opportunities that come with it to continue contributing to WSSC, my community and society.”
Wiggins, of Montgomery County, is a recent high school graduate who will be attending Drexel University this fall, where he plans to pursue a chemical engineering degree. An impressive and dedicated student, Wiggins completed college courses as a dual-enrolled high school student taking college credit courses at Montgomery College.
Jean-Jacques Mvom Ondoua, the scholarship’s 2016 winner from Montgomery County and current WSSC Pipeline Construction Division intern, is still raving about his experience since winning the scholarship.
“The scholarship may seem like it is small to some, but for me $1,000 helped tremendously,” said Mvom Ondoua. “It also has afforded me the opportunity of a lifetime! I am an intern now and my supervisor recently offered me a part-time opportunity to stay on board as I finish my studies. Truly a dream come true.”
“Each year, I’m super excited to kick off the Commissioners’ Scholarship Program,” said WSSC Corporate Secretary Sheila Finlayson, who administers the program on behalf of the Commission. “It’s truly heartwarming to be able to play an intimate role in helping to shape these future leaders who will hopefully be joining us or taking our places in leading this great agency in the years to come. Relieving some of their financial burdens while in school also feels good.”
The Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarship began in 2006 and is awarded annually to two students who reside in 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 are accepted and enrolled in an accredited university engineering program also are eligible. Winners may earn additional awards of $1,000 each year for up to four consecutive years as long as they meet residency and GPA requirements, and will receive priority consideration for paid internships at WSSC.
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.