AGWT is pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of the AGWT Groundwater Scholarship Program. The scholarships are for entry level college students intending to pursue a career in the field of groundwater. Several scholarships exist through the generosity of corporate sponsors including Amtrol Inc., Baroid Industrial Drilling Products and Stetson Engineers, Inc. Since 2000 AGWT has awarded $80,000 to promising ground water scientists and engineers through this scholarship program.
Lindsey Jones, Short Hills, New Jersey
Ms. Lindsey Jones will be a First Year at McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) this fall. Lindsey has a passion for volunteering and supporting the environment. She was secretary of the Millburn High School Environmental Club and president of the school’s student-run Lego Mindstorms Club that mentors elementary school students. During the past two summers she has spent time repairing oyster reefs along the North Carolina coast and upgrading aquatic habitat in the Great Swamp Watershed in northern New Jersey and Lake Memphremagog in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in northern Vermont. Lindsey will pursue an Environmental Engineering degree at Northwestern.
Jessica Murray, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Ms. Jessica Murray is a graduate of Carlisle High School. While in high school, Jessica was a member of the Envirothon and Olympiad science competition teams. She also did original research on the water quality of a local spring-fed pond and its suitability as a habitat for cold-water Rainbow Trout. Her efforts won her a first-place award at the 2013 state-level Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences competition. When Jessica is not studying water she will be swimming in it as a First Year member of the swim team at Juanita College (Huntingdon, PA). She is looking forward to spending the next four years preparing for an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Chemistry and using that knowledge to ensure that our water resources are utilized sustainably.
Baroid Industrial Drilling Products Award
Mary Jaskowiak, Sleepy Hollow, Illinois
Ms. Mary Jaskowiak will attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington this fall as a First Year to pursue a double major in Environmental Science and Marine Biology. Mary developed a deep appreciation and personal connection to the natural environment during family camping vacations as a child. During her final two high school years at Dundee-Crown High School, Mary was instrumental in leading a team of students in restoring a wetlands area near the school. Her life goal is to use her training to manage our water resources to achieve sustainable outcomes and prevent degradation of our oceans, rivers and groundwater.
Thomas Stetson Award, Auspices of Stetson Engineers Inc.
Mason Oxford, Hotchkiss, Colorado
Mr. Mason Oxford graduated from Hotchkiss High as the Valedictorian of his class with a 4.0 GPA. As a member of River Watch during his high school years, he monitored the water quality of the North Fork of the Gunnison River. During the summer months he has worked on mine reclamation projects including construction of wetlands to mitigate heavy metals from acid mine-water runoff. Mason is an avid kayaker and understands first-hand the value of water in the semi-arid west. Mason will attend Montana State University this fall to pursue a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis on water resource infrastructure.