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American Water Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship
Deadline to apply: January 10, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time

American Water Works Service Company, Inc. has established a scholarship program to assist students who self-identify as a member of underrepresented groups and plan to continue their education in four-year college or university located in select states (see Eligibility tab). Applicants must also be pursuing a certificate or degree in a non-medical STEM or business-related field.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the American Water Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship must:

  • Self-identify as a member of at least one of the following underrepresented groups:
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Asian
    • Black or African American
    • Hispanic or Latino
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Female (any race or ethnicity)
  • Be high school seniors or graduates, or current college undergraduates, residing and/or attending college in one of the following states:
    • Alabama
    • California
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Hawaii
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana
    • Maryland
    • Missouri
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • Pennsylvania
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Virginia
    • Washington
    • West Virginia
  • Be planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study, pursuing a certificate or degree in a non-medical STEM or business-related field, at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)

Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $10,000 award. Up to 10 awards will be granted.

Awards are renewable up to three (3) additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and full-time enrollment in an eligible major. Applicants must also continue to maintain residence and/or college enrollment
in one of the eligible states.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Notification

All applicants will be notified in June.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of American Water Works Service Company, Inc. Payment is made in early August.

Selection of Finalists

Scholarship finalists are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Assuming there are qualified applicants, preference will be given to applicants attending a historically Black college or university (HBCU) or Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

Financial need will be considered. Recipients must demonstrate need.

Selection of finalists is made by Scholarship America. American Water Works Service Company, Inc. will select recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Financial Literacy Support

Award recipients will be given access for a year to WhichWay, a financial literacy tool with interactive financial education modules containing tools and tips that include the following topics:

  • Understanding Basics of Budgeting
  • Achieving Goals
  • Creating and Maintaining a Budget
  • Paying for College
  • Understanding Credit
  • Obtaining Credit
  • Applying for Financial Aid
  • Managing Credit Cards
  • Managing Student Loans While in School
  • Managing Debt
  • Repaying Student Loans

Participation in Scholarship America’s financial literacy tool, WhichWay is offered to scholarship recipients. Recipients will be invited to register online to participate in financial education activities to help guide a student to financial stability and success.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • Copy of the first two pages of the most recently filed IRS Form 1040 used for the Financial Information section of the application.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than January 13, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

American Water Works Service Company, Inc. has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!