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Scholarships Boost Water-Industry Careers

March 31, 2011 by JAMES BERNSTEIN /

Admit it: when you were in high school or college, you did not think of going into the water business.

Even people in the water business admit that. "It would be the last thing you would think of," said Bill Varley, president of Lynbrook-based Long Island American Water, one of Long Island's largest water suppliers. Don't feel bad. Varley didn't think of it when he was in college either.

But finding good water, getting it to the surface and to peoples' homes has become an increasingly important industry, so much so that the New York chapter of the National Association of Water Companies—of which Long Island American Water is a member—is sponsoring scholarships to urge high school students to pursue a career in the water utility industry.

Varley, who is chairman of the New York chapter of the NAWC, said Long Island American Water will offer two $2,500 scholarships to high school students in its service area, which is primarily southwestern Nassau County. For details, go to

This scholarship is being offered to New York high school seniors in Long Island American Water’s service area who meet the following criteria:

  • Is a United States citizen
  • Has been a New York resident for five years and resides within Long Island American Water’s service territory: Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Bay Park, Cedarhurst, East Rockaway, Hewlett, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, Inwood, Island Park, Lakeview, Lawrence, Lynbrook, Malverne, Meadowmere, North Woodmere, Oceanside, Roosevelt, South Hempstead, Valley Stream, West Hempstead, Woodmere and Woodsburgh
  • Is a High school senior pursuing a degree at a New York college or university (two- or four- year) as an undergraduate student (part- or full-time)
  • Has maintained at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 GPA grading scale
  • Is enrolling in a curriculum related to the water utility industry or related field such as natural resource management, environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, computer science, environmental law, etc.

To enter, students must return a completed application, along with their high school transcript and three letters of recommendation to NAWC-NY by April 8, 2011. Students can find additional information along with the application on Long Island American Water’s website at