Scholarship and Award Opportunities

Each year, the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) recognizes outstanding students who are pursuing courses of study and research leading to careers in air quality, waste management, environmental management / policy / law, and sustainability. This includes student scholarships, thesis/dissertation awards, and awards for best student paper and poster at the Association’s Annual Conference & Exhibition. Winners will be highlighted in the Association’s EM magazine. The 2016 awards will be presented at the student awards ceremony during the Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, LA June 20-23, 2016.

2015 Scholarship and Student Awards Winners

Student Award and Scholarship opportunities are closed for 2016. Check back in the fall for 2017 information.

The A&WMA invests in workforce development and in academic research essential to the improvement of environmental knowledge and innovation. Through consistent support from organizations, industries, and Section & Chapter fundraising, students were supported in their desire to contribute to society and to fulfill the A&WMA Mission.

International Scholarships

The following named scholarships are awarded each year:

  • Milton Feldstein Memorial Scholarship for air quality research ($7500)
  • Richard Stessel Memorial Scholarship for solid and hazardous waste research
  • Jacqueline Shields Memorial Scholarship for waste management research and study
  • Dave Benferado Scholarship for air pollution control and waste minimization research

Additional scholarships are also awarded each year in the following areas:

  • Air quality research and study
  • Waste management research and study
  • Environmental management or policy research and study (Related to Air Quality or Waste Management)
  • Sustainability research and study (Related to Air Quality or Waste Management)

Local A&WMA Sections and Chapter Scholarships

Local A&WMA Sections and Chapters often award scholarships to students pursuing environmental studies at universities within their geographic areas. Local Scholarships

Thesis and Dissertation Awards

In addition to scholarships, A&WMA acknowledges up to two exceptional Masters Thesis and up to two exceptional Doctoral Dissertations each year. Nominations shall be made by the student’s faculty advisors, who are members of A&WMA, only. Works nominated shall be original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the fields of air quality, all types of waste, or sustainability/management pertaining to air quality or waste. 2016 awards will be presented at the student awards ceremony during the Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, LA June 20-23, 2016.

Best Student Platform Paper

The A&WMA Platform Paper Award will acknowledge up to two exceptional technical papers at the M.S. and Ph.D. academic levels for papers submitted for presentation at the A&WMA Annual Conference & Exhibition. The student candidate for the technical paper award will be the first author for the paper and the student candidate must present the technical work as a platform presentation during the annual conference.

Student Poster Awards
The A&MWA Student Poster Awards recognizes student posters to be the best amongst those considered in the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral categories. Student must present the poster during the annual conference to be eligible for this competition.