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Laurel, Md. – March 15, 2023 – WSSC Water’s 2023 Commissioners Engineering Scholarship application period is now open for undergraduate or graduate engineering students. Graduating high school seniors accepted into a collegiate engineering program are also eligible to apply. Winners of the scholarship receive $2,000 per year and up to $8,000 over four consecutive years.  

“Our goal with the scholarship is to spark the interest of future engineers to pursue jobs in the water sector and, specifically, to join WSSC Water,” said WSSC Water Commission Chair Fausto Bayonet. “As Maryland’s largest water utility, and one of the largest in the nation, we offer exciting and engaging career opportunities for mission-driven people.”  

“WSSC Water has built a track record of excellence thanks to curious, creative, problem-solving engineers,” said WSSC Water Commission Vice Chair Regina Speed-Bost. “The water sector is rapidly changing, and the Engineering Scholarship is one of our many tools to help attract tomorrow’s innovative thinkers who will help us continue delivering the essential for the next century. If you’re looking to pursue your passion in water, apply today.” 

The scholarship is open to students with permanent residency in Montgomery or Prince George’s County enrolled in a full-time college or university engineering program. The application deadline is Monday, April 17, 2023.  

Two $2,000 scholarships - one for each county - may be awarded. Recipients are eligible for additional $2,000 awards for up to four consecutive years, including post-graduate studies in engineering.  

This year, applicants can choose one of three topics to write a 500- to 1,000-word essay: 

  1. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law delivers more than $50 billion through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve our nation’s drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure – the single largest investment in water the federal government has ever made.  If you were WSSC Water and applied for this funding, what types of projects would you spend it on and why? 
  2. If you were General Manager/Chief Executive Officer for WSSC Water, how would you ensure racial equity and social justice were part of project selection for infrastructure projects? 
  3. The water sector continues to face increasing pressures to fix aging infrastructure without increasing customer costs. Innovation and technology play a vital role in helping utilities meet these goals.  What technological advances or innovative solutions would you adopt at WSSC Water to address the challenge of aging infrastructure without breaking the bank? 

In addition to the essay, applicants must include an introductory video and proof of residency in WSSC Water’s service district. Get complete details and application requirements at   

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.