Press Release

NAWC New Jersey Chapter Awards College Scholarships to Two College-Bound High School Seniors

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ISELIN, NJ (June 23, 2021)—The National Association of Water Companies New Jersey Chapter has selected two recipients of its 2021 annual scholarship—Sheetal Bangalore of Morristown, NJ and Matthew Conway from Collingswood Heights, NJ.

The NAWC-NJ Chapter awards scholarships annually to students who will be attending a New Jersey college or university and are interested in pursuing a career in the water utility industry or related fields, such as natural resource management, environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering and more. This year’s recipients each received a $5,000 scholarship award.

“I’ve been consistently impressed by the extraordinary applications for the NAWC-NJ Scholarship each year, and this year’s recipients have only raised the bar higher,” said Jay L. Kooper, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at Middlesex Water Company and Chair of the NAWC-NJ Chapter. “The depth and breadth of the accomplishments and goals of our two deserving winners inspires the utmost confidence in these future leaders. On behalf of the NAWC-NJ Chapter, we congratulate Sheetal and Matthew on their academic achievements and are glad to help advance their ambitious and important goals.”

Sheetal Bangalore, who will study environmental science at Princeton University, served as the President of Morristown High School’s Math Team and National Health Professions Club. She also represented her school through her participation in the Provost High School Summer Research Internship at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Kean University’s Group Summer Scholars Research Program, Rutgers University’s Waksman Institute of Microbiology Summer Experience, among other programs. She also earned first place recognition for her participation in BASF’s Science Academy.

Matthew Conway, who will study chemical engineering at Rowan University, was valedictorian of Haddon Township High School and served as captain of both the swim team and the cross country team. In addition to serving as an Eagle Scout, and as a member of the Haddon Township Honor Society, Matthew has also been closely involved with community service efforts like the Elementary Reading Project and volunteering with South Jersey Mutual Aid. In June 2020, he received the University of Rochester’s Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award.

For more information on the scholarship and to learn how to apply for next year, visit the NJ Chapter page at To learn more about careers or internships in water, contact your local NAWC member company.



NAWC-NJ is a trade association comprised of investor-owned water service companies that provide essential water and wastewater services in New Jersey. Collectively, NAWC-NJ members serve approximately 4.4 million people throughout the state. For information about the National Association of Water Companies visit


Bernadette Sohler |

Middlesex Water Company


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