AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
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 additional instructions below.
The Badger Chapter also recognizes a Young Professional (YP) for his or her outstanding achievements in the solid waste industry. Nominations are accepted until the beginning of February and the recipient is announced at the Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference (WIRMC).
Category I - Membership Sponsored Students Entering College
Green Bay East High School (sponsored by Chris Anderson)
Through high school, Nova committed himself to his community, music, education, and other extracurricular activities. He has been a dedicated member of the orchestra, jazz band, and marching band along with a volunteer at many community events. Nova will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for Biomedical Engineering in the Fall of 2018.
Category II - College Students Studying in a Related Field
University of Wisconsin –Madison (student member)
Connor is a senior studying Geological Engineering, Geology and Geophyics - with certificates in Engineering for Energy Sustainability and Environmental Studies - at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He first became involved in solid waste management in 2017 while researching gaseous emissions at the Dane County Sanitary Landfill (under Professor James Tinjum) and taking the course “Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering” (with Professor Jim Park). He has been a member of the Wisconsin Badger Chapter of SWANA since April 2018.
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (student member)
Chelsea is a student member of the Badger Chapter and a senior at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Her interest in solid waste management began after participating in an alternative spring break, cleaning up 20,000 lbs of trash from a tributary of the Mississippi River in Memphis, TN. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in both Soils and Waste Resources- Waste Management and Geography and will receive a GIS focal certificate for Urban and Regional Planning. She is serving as the president of UWSP’s Waste Management Society for the 2018 fall semester. She has worked as the Refuse and Recycling Program Intern in the Planning and Development, Recycling Department, for the Village of Weston, WI where she engaged and organized community outreach and events for proper recycling. After working on a capstone project that developed a food scrap curbside collection pilot program in the city of Stevens Point, her new-found motivation now includes organics diversion.
University of Wisconsin – Madison (student member)
Brooke is an undergraduate student studying Civil Engineering and plans to obtain certificates in Engineering for Energy Sustainability and Environmental Studies. Exposure to the idea of merging the concepts of engineering and sustainability came to her in the summer of 2015 when she began an internship at the campus’s Office of Sustainability where she ran a program to divert expanded polystyrene from landfill disposal. More recently, she began doing research focused on locating the source and contributing factors of the release of hydrogen sulfide at an area landfill. Other interests of Brooke’s include hiking, camping, and being an active member of the UW – Madison Triathlon club. Her long-term goal is to apply her degree in a manner that betters the health of the environment.