Water and Wastewater Scholarship Fund Established
Fund will provide $1,000 grants to current and new WET program students
A "442" Grant is now available to help defray the cost of attending DMACC for Water Environmental Technology (WET) Program students.
The grant will provide $400 in each of the spring and fall terms and $200 for the summer term (a total of $1,000) for any student enrolled in one of the three WET programs. These funds can only be used for tuition and books. Students enrolling in the Certificate, Diploma, or Degree program for the spring term do not have to apply for these funds in their first term (they will automatically flow to the student's account). An application process for the subsequent terms will be established.
How the 442 Grant Was Established
Various members of several Iowa water and wastewater organizations formed an industry-wide ad hoc committee more than year ago with the purpose of establishing an on-going WET Scholarship fund.
Committee members include representatives from:
- Iowa Water Environment Association (IAWEA)
- Iowa Section of American Water Works Association (IAWWA)
- Iowa Rural Water Association (IRWA)
- Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU)
- Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
- Iowa Association of Water Agencies (IAWA)
- DMACC Business Resources (DBR)
This committee held a "Shrimp and Bingo" fundraising event on September 14, 2012. Over 80 people attended the event at the DMACC FFA Enrichment Center for a night of shrimp, fun, and fundraising. Proceeds from this event were in excess of $10,000, bringing the total available funds to something more than $15,000. It is anticipated that the Shrimp and Bingo event will become an annual event and grow each year.
As a result of the monies available, Scott Ocken, DMACC Academic Dean of Industry and Technology along with Tara Connolly, Executive Director of the DMACC Foundation, Dennis Hayworth, DMACC Business Resources Training Coordinator, and Mark Simms, DMACC WET Program Chair established the grant for current DMACC WET students.
Dennis Hayworth led the charge in this effort, and he should be commended for all of his efforts. DMACC wishes to thank him, all the contributors and especially the ad hoc committee who values the DMACC WET program so much. A check presentation will be held on December 7, 2012 with members of this committee and DMACC President Rob Denson.
To learn more about the grant program contact: Mark Simms, WET program Chair at 515.965.7015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.