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National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation awards scholarships


WESTERVILLE, OH -- The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation recently awarded $25,000 from its Len Assante Scholarship Fund to 15 students.

Each of the scholarship recipients are entering a field of study that serves, supports, or promotes the groundwater professions.

Alexandra Polasko of Scottsdale, Arizona, received the Past President’s Award — the top scholarship presented to the most qualified of the applicants. Polasko, who received $3,500, is studying environmental sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.

Annette Hein of Laramie, Wyoming, received the Ora Lyons Award named in honor of a former distinguished National Ground Water Association member. Hein, who also received $3,500, is studying geology at the University of Wyoming.

The other scholarship recipients, their areas of study, and schools, are:

  • Kaitlyn Alrdrich ofUrbandale,Iowa, hydrogeology,IowaStateUniversity, $2,000
  • Maribeth Ault of Peach Bottom,Pennsylvania, environmental sciences,JuniataCollege, $1,000
  • Hannah Gibbs ofLondon,Kentucky, environmental sciences,CentreCollege, $1,000
  • Erin Gray ofTucson,Arizona, hydrology,UniversityofArizona, $1,000
  • Brenden Green of Antelope,California, environmental sciences,HumboldtStateUniversity, $1,000
  • Kiloaulani Ka’awa-Gonzales ofKaunakakai,Hawaii, environmental sciences,ColoradoStateUniversity, $2,000
  • Dylan Landon ofWaterville,Washington, environmental sciences,CaliforniaPolytechnicStateUniversity, $1,000
  • Katherine Landoni ofSequim,Washington, geology, school undecided, $2,000
  • Ythalya Ortuno ofHouston,Texas, environmental sciences,TexasA&MUniversity, $1,000
  • Amy Plechacek ofBlacksburg,Virginia, environmental sciences, Virginia Tech, $1,000
  • Ryan Ronzoni ofGoshen,New York, environmental sciences,CornellUniversity, $2,000
  • Tyler Rush ofBlack River Falls,Wisconsin, hydrology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, $2,000
  • Sarah Welsh of Bellingham, Washington, environmental sciences,HarvardUniversity, $1,000.

Read more about the Len Assante Scholarship Fund.

NGWREF, founded in 1994 as an IRS-approved public charity, is operated by the National Ground Water Association as a 501(c)(3) public foundation focused on conducting educational, research, and other charitable activities related to a broader public understanding of groundwater.

NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.

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