WSSC Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarship Offers Centennial Celebration Challenge to Local Engineering Students

APPLY NOW: Application Period Ends June 1

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Laurel, Md. – April 23, 2018 In honor of 100 years of providing safe, clean water to the residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, WSSC today announced its annual Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarship will feature an essay focused on the water utility’s proud past and the future challenges facing the industry. Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2018. The scholarship is part of WSSC’s ongoing efforts to attract more engineers to the water industry.

This year’s essay topic is: Since 1918, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties through its delivery of safe and reliable water and wastewater treatment services. In honor of WSSC’s Centennial this year, write an essay, in 1,500 words or less, detailing the benefits WSSC has brought to its 1.8 million residents over the past 100 years. Additionally, outline the challenges you foresee facing water utilities over the next 25 years and how you would resolve them.

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.

“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 Thomasina Rogers. “While at the same time, these students are enabling us to build our talent pipeline to ensure WSSC’s continued success. A win-win situation all around.”

“Engineers are everyday problem solvers,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “We need the next generation of engineers to apply for this scholarship, join our team and help us solve future challenges facing our industry.”

To qualify for the 2018 scholarships, applicants must:

  • Provide proof of permanent residency in WSSC’s service district; students may attend school outside the WSSC district or out of state;
  • 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 (i.e., Environmental, Sanitary, Structural, Geotechnical, Water Resources, Fire Protection, Transportation, Project Management, Construction Management); Electrical Engineering; Material Science and Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science/Engineering. High school seniors who have been accepted into such a program are eligible; proof of acceptance/enrollment must accompany application materials; and
  • Complete an application and have it received by the WSSC Corporate Secretary by Friday, June 1, 2018.

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: WSSC Corporate Secretary Sheila Finlayson, Esq., WSSC, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707.

For additional information about the scholarship, visit, call 301-206-8200 or email

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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