About the Scholarship

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) offers the annual Commissioners' Engineering Scholarships to college students majoring in engineering fields that are vital to the work of WSSC. Named in honor of current Commissioner Gene W. Counihan and former Commissioner Joyce Starks – the goal of the annual scholarship program is to provide assistance to students from Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in furtherance of their engineering studies and, to encourage such students to consider careers in the water and wastewater/sewer industry; preferably, at WSSC.

Up to two new scholarships in the amount of $1000 each may be awarded; one to a Prince George's County resident and one to a Montgomery County resident. Winners are eligible for additional awards of $1000 each year for up to four consecutive years as long as residency and grade point average (GPA) requirements are met. Winners also receive priority consideration for paid summer internships at WSSC.


To qualify, students must provide proof of permanent residency in WSSC’s service district (i.e., driver’s license or other documentation that shows student resides permanently in Prince George’s or Montgomery County, Maryland) and be enrolled full-time in a degree program at an accredited college or university that leads to an engineering degree in one of the following areas: Civil Engineering (i.e., Environmental, Sanitary, Structural, Geotechnical, Water Resources, Fire Protection, Transportation, Project Management, Construction Management); Electrical Engineering; Material Science and Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science/Engineering.

Students also must complete an application and have it received by the WSSC Corporate Secretary by June 1, 2015. See link below for online application.

2015 Application Process

Students are required to submit an essay, along with the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter;
  2. Official Transcript;
  3. Proof of Permanent Residency in WSSC Sanitary District (e.g., copy of driver’s license; voter registration card, government-issued ID); and,
  4. Two Reference Letters.


2015 Essay Topic: “In 1500 words or less, what does climate change mean to WSSC, a water/wastewater utility in the Mid-Atlantic region, over the next 25 years?”


Submission Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2015.

Click here to apply online or submit your application package by mail to: Sheila Finlayson, Esq., Corporate Secretary, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707. Mailed applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2015

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