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John A. Garrett Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Application Package
ARWA Offers Educational Opportunities
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scholarship recipients

2017-2018 Scholarship
Packages were Due March 31st

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to meet the recipients!

How to Apply


February 1, 2017

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 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 the 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 certification 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, 2017. 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.

Kathy Horne, Executive Director



Meet our 2016-2017
Scholarship Recipients Below

2016-17 Scholarship Recipients

Applicants are judged on scholastic and leadership abilities as well as their community involvement. For 2016, 28 application packages were received as the winners were selected. Chosen to receive the ARWA educational scholarships for the Fall 2016 enrollment were:

Northern Region

Kaitlin Paige Burks

Kaitlin Paige Burks

Kaitlin is the daughter of Jeffrey Burks, Water Operator of the Red Bay Water Work s& Gas Board in Franklin County.

Kaitlin is a 2016 graduate from Red Bay High School with a 3.9 GPA. She is planning to attend Northwest Shoals Community College where she is pursuing a Degree in Nursing.

Kevin "Cannon" Twilley

Kevin "Cannon" Twilley

Kevin is the son of Kevin D. Twilley, Assistant Superintendent for the East Cullman Water System, Inc. in Cullman County.

Kevin is currently attending Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, AL and plans to transfer to Auburn University and major in Environmental Science with a concentration in Wildlife Management.

Central Region

Charli Elizabeth Hood

Charli Elizabeth Hood

Charli is the daughter of Bobby Hood, Jr., Water Operator for Greenville Water Works & Sewer Board in Butler County.

Charli is a 2016 graduate from Fort Dale Academy with a 4.0 GPA.

Charli will be attending University of Alabama at Birmingham where she is seeking a Degree in Biomedical Sciences.

Jeffery Todd Williams

Jeffery Todd Williams

Jeffery is employed with the City of LaFayette as the Superintendent located in Chambers County.

Jeffery is planning to receive a Water Operator Certification Grade IV through the Alabama Rural Water Association Operator Certification Program.

Southern Region

Sydney Raine Lee

Sydney Raine Lee

Sydney is the daughter of Timothy Lee, Water/Wastewater Operator for South Alabama Utilities in Mobile County.

Sydney is a 2016 graduate from Citronelle High School with a 3.9 GPA.

Sydney is planning to attend Faulkner State Community College and pursue a Degree in Secondary Education.

Parker Harden Lynch

Parker Harden Lynch

Parker is the son of Pamela Lynch, Accounting Specialist for the Alabama Rural Water Association in Montgomery. Parker is a 2016 graduate from Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School with a 3.9 GPA. Parker is planning to attend University of Alabama and pursue a Degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Congratulations to all who applied and especially to those
selected as the 2015 winners!




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