The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) awarded a total of $10,000 to eight students from its Len Assante Scholarship Fund, Foundation President Alan Eades, CWD/PI, announced today.
Breana Hashman of West Chester, Pennsylvania, won the Past President’s Awardâ€”the top scholarship presented to the most qualified of the applicants. Hashman, who is studying geology at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, received $2,000 toward her education.
The other recipients are:
- Matthew J. Palmer of Fort Worth, Texas, $2,000 for the Ora Lyons Scholarship named in honor of a former distinguished National Ground Water Association (NGWA) member; Palmer will attend Tarrant County College in Fort Worth to study hydrology
- Peter J. Laciano of New Providence, New Jersey, $1,000; Laciano will attend Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, to study environmental science and geology
- Amber C. Rolader of Bostwick, Georgia, $1,000; Rolader attends the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, studying environmental science
- Crystal L. Nickel of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, $1,000; Nickel attends the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire studying geology and hydrogeology
- Laura A. Hempel of Tallahassee, Florida, $1,000; Hempel attends Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, studying environmental science
- Caroline L. Vallelian of Argyle, Texas, $1,000; Vallelian plans to study environmental science
- David C. Mills of Janesville, Wisconsin, $1,000; Mills attends the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh studying hydrogeology
NGWREF also awarded $2,000 in scholarships to four students for their paper presentations made at the 2009 Ground Water Summit that took place in April. The $500 scholarships are given in honor of the late Dr. Robert Farvolden, former senior science counsel for NGWA.
The scholarships were awarded based on the quality of the presentation, content (including contribution to ground water science, engineering, management, or policy), and demonstrated insight on the chosen topic.
The winners are:
- Marcel Sousa of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, for “A Systematic Approach for Assessing the Potential Impacts of Beneficial Management Practices on Wells Affected by Nonpoint Sources of Contamination”
- Hooray Ajani of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, for “Quantifying Spatial and Temporal Variability of Mountain System Recharge in Semiarid Catchments”
- Danielle Moss, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for “Introduction of Relatively High Conductivity Material and the Effects on TCE Degradation and Remediation”
- Megan Smith of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, for “Polymer-Enhanced Remediation Techniques for More Effective Treatment of Heterogeneous Aquifers.”
This marks the 32nd year in which scholarship awards have been made. Since its inception, the scholarship program has supported 179 students in their pursuit of education.Â Â Â Â