• Support for outstanding students entering fields vital to water and wastewater industry
HERSHEY, PA, Dec. 16, 2009 -- Pennsylvania American Water today unveiled its Stream of Learning Scholarship Program to provide post-secondary scholarship assistance to students living in Pennsylvania American Water's service areas. The program is designed to support outstanding students who are charting a course of study in specific fields that are crucial to the water and wastewater industry, from engineering to environmental science.
"The Stream of Learning Scholarship Program is an opportunity to assist our best and brightest students who are interested in pursuing a career in the water and wastewater industries," said Kathy L. Pape, president of Pennsylvania American Water. "By attracting scholars to those fields that are vital to the future of our business, we hope to develop and tap their talent for the long-term benefit of our communities and the environment."
The company will award ten $2,000 scholarships to students throughout Pennsylvania. Applicants must meet the following criteria and will be selected through an application process:
• Students must currently live in one of Pennsylvania American Water's service areas. (Students may attend college outside of the company's service territory.)
• Students must plan to attend a two- or four-year college or technical school.
• They must plan to study environmental science, environmental engineering, biology or chemistry.
Pape said, "We look forward to helping extraordinary young people who will share our commitment to maintaining public health, protecting the environment and promoting economic development throughout the commonwealth."
The company recently mailed scholarship brochures and applications to high school guidance counselors throughout its service territory. Applications, which are also available at www.pennsylvaniaamwater.com, must be postmarked or received by February 12, 2010. 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.
About Pennsylvania American Water
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 more than 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 32 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting http://www.amwater.com.