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. 

2020 SWANA Badger Chapter Scholarship Award Recipients


  • Edgewood College  (student member)

  • Sujata Gautam is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership at Edgewood College while concurrently interning at the Dane County Department of Waste & Renewables.  She originally hails from Texas, where she completed her B.S in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Houston. Sujata is passionate about improving the management of waste as a resource, and her graduate social innovation project seeks to explore community coordinated asset mapping as a tool to channel materials flow towards beneficial reuse and recycling. Sujata enjoys how her graduate work is equipping her with the tools and skills she needs to bring the interdisciplinary, social science, and systems- thinking approach to waste management, and is determined to be part of the generation that creates a paradigm shift toward regenerative material use in our society. 

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  • University of Wisconsin – Madison (student member)

  • Adam Gorski is an undergraduate senior at the University of Wisconsin Madison pursuing a degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering. Much of his interest in sustainability and solid waste began with an Eagle Scout project as Outagamie County transitioned to single stream recycling and a local nature center needed to educate the public. Adam has continued to engage in the industry through taking classes such as “Hazardous Waste Management” and by becoming a student member of the SWANA Badger Chapter in 2019. Adam’s hobbies include running marathons, classic vehicle restoration, and backpacking.



  • University of Wisconsin – Madison (student member)

  • Madison Zepnick had an internship at Dane County Waste and Renewables from May-December of 2019. There she monitored the biogas facility, composed Requests for Bids and conducted pre-bid tours, as well as helped to establish the closed landfill gas mitigation system. She has one year left at UW-Madison and will graduate with two degrees, one in Geological Engineering and another in Geological Sciences, and a certificate in American Indian Studies