The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation recently awarded $25,000 from its Len Assante Scholarship Fund to 15 students.
Each of the scholarship recipients are entering a field of study that serves, supports or promotes the groundwater professions.
Alexandra Polasko of Scottsdale, Ariz., received the Past President’s Award—the top scholarship presented to the most qualified of the applicants. Polasko, who received $3,500, is studying environmental sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.
Annette Hein of Laramie, Wyo., received the Ora Lyons Award named in honor of a former distinguished National Ground Water Assn. member. Hein, who also received $3,500, is studying geology at the University of Wyoming.
The other scholarship recipients, their areas of study, and schools, are:
- Kaitlyn Alrdrich of Urbandale, Iowa, hydrogeology, Iowa State University, $2,000;
- Maribeth Ault of Peach Bottom, Pa., environmental sciences, Juniata College, $1,000;
- Hannah Gibbs of London, Ky., environmental sciences, Centre College, $1,000;
- Erin Gray of Tucson, Ariz., hydrology, University of Arizona, $1,000;
- Brenden Green of Antelope, Calif., environmental sciences, Humboldt State University, $1,000;
- Kiloaulani Ka’awa-Gonzales of Kaunakakai, Hawaii, environmental sciences, Colorado State University, $2,000;
- Dylan Landon of Waterville, Wash., environmental sciences, California Polytechnic State University, $1,000;
- Katherine Landoni of Sequim, Wash., geology, school undecided, $2,000;
- Ythalya Ortuno of Houston, Texas, environmental sciences, Texas A&M University, $1,000;
- Amy Plechacek of Blacksburg, Va., environmental sciences, Virginia Tech, $1,000;
- Ryan Ronzoni of Goshen, N.Y., environmental sciences, Cornell University, $2,000;
- Tyler Rush of Black River Falls, Wis., hydrology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, $2,000; and
- Sarah Welsh of Bellingham, Wash., environmental sciences, Harvard University, $1,000.
Source: National Ground Water Assn.