Terry L. McKanna Scholarship – Requirements, Criteria, and Application


The Kansas Section of American Water Works Association (KsAWWA) has established a scholarship fund entitled the Terry L. McKanna Scholarship Fund (TLMSF) for qualified students enrolled in an accredited college or university in the State of Kansas. Qualifying curriculum for scholarship applicants shall include courses related to civil or environmental engineering or environmental science with an emphasis on career fields associated with the Waterworks Industry.

The TLMSF will consider applications for up to three scholarships for 2024 in the amount of $2,500 each. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage enrollment in educational studies related to career fields associated with the Waterworks Industry. Also, as an additional incentive to apply, KsAWWA will be awarding up to eight gift certificates in the amount of $25 to applicants who are unsuccessful in recognition of their time and effort associated with the preparation and submittal of application and essays.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

  1. The applicant must be enrolled in a two- or four-year accredited college or university program as previously stated.
  2. The applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  3. The application (furnished) must be completed in full with a two-page (or less) typewritten essay, describing the applicant’s career plans. A recommendation from at least one professor in the applicant’s major field of study, such as a mathematics or science teacher, must be included with the form.
  4. The applicant may be a graduate or under-graduate student.
  5. An applicant receiving financial aid from the applicant’s employer which constitutes more than 50 percent of the applicant’s annual costs for tuition and fees is not eligible for scholarship aid from the TLMSF of the KsAWWA.

Selection Criteria

The following point system will be used by the TLMSF of the KsAWWA as the basis for selecting the scholarship recipient:

Evaluation CriteriaTotal Number of Points Possible
Relation of course studied to the waterworks industry 30
Essay on career plans 30
Grade point average 20
Recommendation by professor 10
Professional activities, offices held, and/or work experience 10
Total possible points 100

In the process of awarding scholarships when multiple candidates are available, the applicant with the highest point total shall be preferred.


Deadline: July 15, 2024