Scholarships and Awards
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 with respect to air quality and waste management.
This includes student scholarships, thesis/dissertation awards, and awards for best student paper and poster at the Association’s Annual Conference & Exhibition. Winners will be highlighted in the Association’s EM magazine. The awards will be presented at the student awards ceremony during the Annual Conference & Exhibition held each year in June.Student Award and Scholarship Information
The A&WMA invests in workforce development and in academic research essential to the improvement of environmental knowledge and innovation. 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.
A&WMA International Scholarships
The following named scholarships are awarded each year:
• Richard Stessel Memorial Scholarship for solid and hazardous waste research
• Jacqueline Shields Memorial Scholarship for waste management research and study
• Dave Benforado 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)
Individuals must be full-time graduate students pursuing courses of study and research leading to careers
in air quality, waste management, environmental management/policy/law, and/or sustainability during the
2021/2022 academic year. Membership is not a requirement for the student or their advisor; however, it is
strongly encouraged. The scholarship is a one-year award. Individuals must reapply to qualify for a second
Scholarship information for the 2021/2022 academic year will be available by late October.
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. Awards are presented at the student awards ceremony during the Annual Conference & Exhibition.
Master's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Award Nominations are due Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.
Master's Thesis Award Guidelines
Doctoral Dissertation Award Guidelines
Best Student Poster Award
The A&MWA Student Poster Awards recognizes student posters to be the best amongst those considered in the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral categories. Student must present the poster during the A&WMA Annual Conference.
Our Sections and Chapters often award scholarships to students pursuing environmental studies at universities within their geographic areas. Check with the local section in your area to see if they award any scholarships.