PWGC held its 2022 Environmental & Engineering Scholarship Award Luncheon at its corporate headquarters in Bohemia on July 21st. The scholarship winners were selected from a large pool of applicants that submitted essays on one of the following topics:
- Why upgrading sanitary systems and building sewage treatment plants is good for the Great South Bay?
- Why are emerging contaminants such as 1,4-dioxane and PFAS a concern for Long Island? How do they move through the environment and impact public health and the environment?
- What environmental concerns arise from expanded growth on Long Island?
- Discuss recent NY legislation and how it could impact our environment. Specific legislation includes:
- S7788 – Provides that one hundred percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks shall be zero-emissions by 2035. This bill was signed into law by Governor Hochul in February 2022.
- A4117 – Amendment to the Environmental Conservation Law to establish the state goal to source reduce, reuse, recycle, or compost no less than eighty-five percent of the solid waste generated by the year 2032. On March 30th, 2022, this bill passed in the Assembly, was delivered to the Senate.
In addition, applicants may have included their area of study and/or their career plans.
Winners included Kristina Georges from Hampton Bays High School, Soraya Basrai from Northport High School, and Victoria Osborn from Half Hollow Hills High School West. They were awarded scholarships in the amounts of $750, $500 and $500, respectively.
“I continue to be impressed with the knowledge and initiative that our scholarship winners demonstrate on their applications. As always, our winners demonstrate their commitment to bettering the world in their pursuit of their higher education. I wish them the best of luck and I hope to see their faces again as interns for PWGC,” said PWGC COO Jim Rhodes, PG, who reviewed all the applications submitted to PWGC.
PWGC has provided the Environmental & Engineering Scholarship for more than 20 years. Since then, it has awarded more than $30,000 to students with an interest in pursuing engineering and environmental science as a career.
All of the awardees will pursue higher education opportunities this fall. Kristina will attend Cornell University to study chemical engineering. Soraya will attend Tufts University to study civil or environmental engineering. Victoria will attend Stony Brook University to study mechanical engineering and environmental design planning.
PWGC also provides an internship program every summer. The internship program allows students to incorporate their knowledge from the classroom into the real world. The hands-on experience is valuable to each student as they work towards their engineering and environmental degrees. “There is a need for real world experience in addition to classroom lectures to achieve the best educational experience for engineering and environmental students,” explained PWGC President/CEO Paul K. Boyce, PE, PG.