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John A. Garrett Scholarship Fund

1997 - 2017... 40 years of service!
Scholarship Application Package

ARWA Offers Educational Opportunities
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scholarship recipients

The Application Period
is Closed for the
2018 Scholarships

Application packages were due
March 31, 2018

Check back in June
to read about out winners!


Below is 2018-2019 Scholarship Information. It is for your information only and is subject to change for next year.


The Alabama Rural Water Association offers educational scholarships annually to deserving individuals through the John A. Garrett Scholarship Fund. Six scholarships will be offered to individuals who meet the criteria described within. Two recipients will be selected from each of three regions North, Central and South, as shown on the Alabama Map enclosed in the amount of $750 per recipient.

We ask that you provide each of your employees who may be interested or have children who are interested a copy of this package. Where more than one child in a family or more than one employee in a utility is interested, each is eligible to apply. The application must be completed in its entirety and the utility must be a current member of the Alabama Rural Water Association.

To insure continued growth in the number of certified water and wastewater operators in the State of Alabama, three of tbe six scholarships will be offered to individuals striving to enhance their professionalism by attending Alabama Water or Wastewater Operator Certification Courses for Grades I-IV certihcation examination preparation. This is offered to expand the educational opportunities of those individuals interested in water and wastewater industry careers. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.

Please note the application package must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2018. Any package received with a later postmark will not be considered. If you have any questions, please call the ARWA office at (334) 396-5511.




Meet our 2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to all who applied and especially to those selected as the 2017 winners!

Northern Region

Kaylee Ann Fry

Kaylee Ann Fry

Kaylee is the daughter of David Fry, Assistant Superintendent of the Southside Water Works in Etowah County.

Kaylee is a 2017 graduate from Southside High School with a 4.0 GPA. Kaylee is planning to attend Northwest Shoals Community College where she is pursuing a Science Degree.

Austin “Brett” Roberts

Austin “Brett” Roberts

Brett is the son of Billy Roberts, Meter Reader for the Whorton Bend Water Authority in Etowah County.

Brett is a 2017 graduate from Hokes Bluff High School with a 3.7 GPA. Brett is planning to attend Gadsden State where he is pursuing a Degree in Water Science.

Central Region

Leah Hope Benefield

Leah Hope Benefield

Leah is the daughter of Matt Benefield, Lineville Water & Sewer Board in Clay County.

Leah is a 2017 graduate from Central High School of Clay County with a 4.0 GPA. Leah will be attending Troy University where she is seeking a Degree in Accounting.

Mary Jordan Drake

Mary Jordan Drake

Mary is the daughter of Ashley Drake, Utility Clerk/Assistant City Clerk for Linden Utilities Board in Marengo County.

Mary is a 2017 graduate from Marengo Academy with a 4.0 GPA. Mary will be attending University of Alabama where she is seeking a Degree in Marketing.

Southern Region

Braden Alexander Manuel

Braden Alexander Manuel

Braden is the son of Timothy Manuel, Wastewater Manager for City of Fairhope Public Works in Baldwin County.

Braden is a 2017 graduate from Fairhope High School with a 4.0 GPA. Braden is planning to attend Faulkner State Community College and pursue a Health Science.

Cameron McKenzie Morris

Cameron McKenzie Morris

Cameron is the son of Ralph Morris, Water Operator for the Washington County Water Authority in Washington County.

Cameron is a 2017 graduate from Washington County High School 4.0 GPA. Cameron is planning to attend University of Alabama and pursue a Degree in Surveying/Geomatics.


Congratulations to all who applied and especially to those
selected as the 2017 winners!




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