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. 2014 awards were presented at the student awards ceremony during the Annual Conference & Exhibition in Long Beach, California June 24-27, 2014. Winners were also highlighted in the Association's EM magazine.

View the 2014 A&WMA Scholarship and Student Award Winners.

The A&WMA invests in workforce development and in academic research essential to the improvement of environmental knowledge and innovation. In 2013, the Association awarded a total of over $215,000 in scholarships to students preparing for careers in our field.  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)

Completed applications for all scholarships were due by Friday, January 10, 2014. Information on eligibility and application procedures can be found at this link (click here). Information on 2015 Scholarships coming soon.


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. Click here to view the list of local scholarships currently available.


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. 2014 awards were presented at the student awards ceremony during the Annual Conference & Exhibition in Long Beach, California June 24-27, 2014.

Nominations for the Thesis and Dissertation Awards were due by Monday, January 13, 2014. Please visit the Annual Conference and Exhibition website by clicking here for details and information.

Click here to download the Master Thesis Award submission form.

Click here to download the Doctoral Dissertation Award submission form.


Best Student Platform Paper and Poster Awards

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.


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

The submission site can be reached by clicking here.  

The deadline for Student Poster submissions was Monday, December 16, 2013 by 5 pm EST.
The deadline for Student Platform Paper submissions was Monday, November 12, 2013 by 5 pm EST.