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ACWA Scholarships

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) offers: the $5,000 Clair A. Hill Scholarship, two $3,500 ACWA Scholarships, and new this year - two $5,000 Ted and Nancy Way Scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in engineering, irrigation technology, environmental sciences, public administration, fisheries science, and other water resources-related fields. The $10,000 Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship is available to graduate students. Watch for the application deadline around March 1 each year.

For more information and scholarship application, visit the ACWA scholarship webpage or contact ACWA Outreach and Social Media Specialist Marie Meade at (916) 441-4545 or

CASA Education Foundation Scholarships

The California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) Education Foundation offers at least two $5,000 scholarships annually to students pursuing higher education in engineering, environmental science, public administration, wastewater operations, or other fields connected to the clean water industry, which includes wastewater treatment, water recycling, and resource recovery. Watch for the application deadline around May 1 each year.

Applicants must be California residents and attending an accredited college or university located in California. Visit the CASA website for additional information.

DSRSD Supports Scholarships in Memory of James B. Kohnen

James B. Kohnen, former DSRSD director

DSRSD contributes $1,000 annually to both the ACWA Scholarship Fund and the CASA Education Foundation in memory of James B. Kohnen, who served on the District's Board of Directors for eight years.

Mr. Kohnen devoted many years of his life to managing and protecting the public water supply and other vital resources. As a member of the DSRSD Board from 1992 to 2000, Mr. Kohnen was instrumental in developing water service for the Dougherty Valley; bringing recycled water to the Tri-Valley; expanding water, wastewater, and recycled water services to east Dublin; expanding the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility; and expanding the Livermore-Amador Valley Water Management Agency pipeline that transports treated wastewater to the San Francisco Bay.

Mr. Kohnen also served on the boards of the Zone 7 Water Agency, the Alameda County Special Districts Association, the American Society for Quality, the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District, and the California Special Districts Association.

Mr. Kohnen loved lifelong learning, earning two bachelor degrees, two master’s degrees, and a doctoral degree. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 30 years, graduating from the U.S. Army War College, the Air War College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and rising to the rank of colonel. After working for many years as a quality manager for food companies, he became a teacher at San Leandro High School, where he taught political science, management, and general science. He also was member of the faculties of the University of Phoenix and St. Mary’s College.   

DSRSD contributes to the ACWA and CASA scholarships to honor Mr. Kohnen's public service in the water resources field and inspire young people to follow in his footsteps.