Scholarship program supports PA students entering fields vital to water, wastewater industry

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HERSHEY, PA, Jan. 10, 2012 -- Pennsylvania American Water announced that applications are currently being accepted for its 2012 Stream of Learning Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarship assistance to students who are planning to pursue careers in the water and wastewater industry. The program is designed to support outstanding students living in Pennsylvania American Water's service territories who are charting a course of study in specific fields, ranging from engineering to environmental science, which are crucial to the water and wastewater business.

"Previous winners of our Stream of Learning Scholarships have been extremely bright, dedicated students who have much to offer for the future of our industry," said Kathy L. Pape, president of Pennsylvania American Water. "Through this program, we're looking to attract more talented young people who will share our commitment to maintaining public health, protecting the environment and promoting economic development."

The company will award scholarships of $2,000 each to 10 students who are selected through the program's application process. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

* Students must currently live in one of Pennsylvania American Water's service areas. (Students can attend college outside of the company's service territory.)
* Students must plan to attend a two- or four-year college or technical school.
* Students must plan to study environmental science, environmental engineering, biology or chemistry.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and will receive their awards in May. Family members of Pennsylvania American Water employees are not eligible.

This month, the company is sending scholarship brochures and applications to high school guidance counselors throughout its service territory. Applications can be downloaded from the company's Web site at www.pennsylvaniaamwater.com and must be postmarked by February 29, 2012.

Pennsylvania American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

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