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WATERLINE - March, 2013

WALPA offers 2013 student scholarships

By Frank Wilhelm, PhD., University of Idaho

WALPA scholarshipThe Washington State Lake Protection Association is pleased to announce its 2013 competition for student scholarships. Two scholarships, the Nancy Weller Memorial Scholarship ($1000) and the WALPA Student Scholarship ($750), will be awarded to further our understanding of the limnology, hydrology, ecology, and management or restoration of lakes and watersheds in Washington or Idaho. Students must be part or full time undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited college or university in Washington or Idaho. Recipients shall use scholarship funds to cover education and/or research expenses directly related to their research.

Scholarship recipients will also receive a one-year WALPA membership and free registration for the 2013 or 2014 annual conference, where they will be invited to present their research.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of academic, industry, and agency representatives. Individuals who have a personal or institutional affiliation with the applicant will be excused from judging. Winning applications will be selected based on the quality of the research topic, its significance to the areas identified above, and its relevance to the applicant’s interests and career goals.

Applicants must provide a statement, no longer than one page, that explains why the proposed research is important to the field of limnology and/or watershed management, states the intended use of scholarship funds and includes the applicant’s career goals. A one-page resume and copies of transcripts of all college/university course work (transcripts need not be official copies) are also required. A recommendation from someone in the applicant’s field of study is encouraged, but not required.

Each applicant should send all application materials, except reference letters, in a single Adobe Acrobat PDF file clearly identified by the applicant’s last name to Frank M. Wilhelm, chair of the Scholarship Committee, at fwilhelm@uidaho.edu. Applications are due before 4:30 PM on April 26, 2013. Any references should email their letters directly to the committee chair. The Scholarship Committee will contact applicants in late May to let them know the status of their application.