Press Release

WSSC Accepting Entries for
Prestigious Engineering Scholarship Program
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is accepting applications for the annual Joyce Starks/Gene Counihan Engineering Scholarship. Recipients of the $1,000 scholarship will be eligible to receive scholarship funds for an additional three-year period and may also be offered a paid internship at WSSC in the summer of 2014. To be eligible students must maintain a permanent address in the WSSC service district that includes Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Eligible students must be enrolled in a program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or an advanced degree in engineering. Past winners remain eligible as long as they continue to meet the grade point average and residency requirements. WSSC will select one winner each from Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.
Applicants should send a copy of their official transcript along with a cover letter, proof of permanent residency, two letters of reference and a 400- to 1000-word essay that answers the following question:
“Consider the water/sewer system of the future: Describe it and detail how engineering will impact the evolution from today’s water systems to the water systems of the future.”
“We are asking applicants to address not only what a future system might be like, but also to ponder how a transition from what we have now might occur,” explained Gary Gumm, WSSC’s Chief Engineer. “The challenge of detailing not just the future system, but how it will evolve over the years makes the question much more difficult. I am interested in reading what our next generation of engineers thinks about this complex issue.”
The reference letters must be submitted separately or in a sealed envelope if sent with the application materials. Applications must be postmarked by July 1, 2013.
The scholarships will be awarded on August 21, 2013 at the WSSC Commission meeting. The scholarships are named after former WSSC Commissioner Joyce Starks and current Commission, Vice Chair Gene Counihan. Send applications to WSSC Corporate Secretary, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707.