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Both SWANA National and the Badger Chapter have scholarship programs in place to help achieve the organization’s strategic goal of promoting industry education.  The Chapter typically awards up to $6,000 in scholarships each year and up to an additional $25,000 is awarded through the national program.  An application for the Badger Chapter scholarship program automatically serves as a student’s application for the National scholarship program and the deadline for submittal is May 1 of each year.  See AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS page for details. 

2023 SWANA Badger Chapter Scholarship Award Recipients
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Kristin Muench

  • Kristin is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville studying Environmental Engineering. She is also an undergraduate research assistant on campus studying bentonite behavior for radioactive waste containment applications.

  • Outside of school, Kristin enjoys hiking, running, gardening, and all other things outdoors. 


MaKayla Galecki

  • Currently attending the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point pursuing a degree in waste management.

  • She is currently working for Recycling Connections as their Near Zero Waste Coordinator. She is excited to get a jump-start in her solid waste career.

  • MaKayla also serves at the Student Board Member representative for SWANA WI Badger Chapter.


Katherine Bellow

  • Currently attending the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point pursuing a degree in Soil & Land Management with a minor in Waste Management.

  • Katherine believes that reducing waste is key to a healthy planet. She hopes to inspire and improve our waste system to be all-inclusive.

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