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About the Scholarship

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC Water) offers annual scholarships to college students majoring in engineering fields vital to its mission. Named in honor of former Commissioners Joyce Starks and Gene W. Counihan, the goal of the scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to students from WSSC Water’s service district in furtherance of their engineering studies and encourage applicants/winners to consider careers in the water and water resource recovery industry; preferably, at WSSC Water.

Up to two new scholarships for $2,000 each may be awarded; one to a Prince George's County resident and one to a Montgomery County resident. Winners are eligible for additional awards of $2,000 each year for up to four consecutive years as long as they meet residency and grade point average (GPA) requirements. Winners also receive priority consideration for paid summer internship opportunities at WSSC Water.


To qualify, students must:

  • provide proof of permanent residency in WSSC Water’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 (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 Water Corporate Secretary  by Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Applications have been received for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Get notified when applications are accepted for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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Last Modified: June 15, 2022, 10:42 am EDT