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Raftelis Foundation Elementary Education Scholarship

The North Carolina American Water Works Association and the North Carolina Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA) is a volunteer association dedicated to providing water and wastewater education, training, and service in an effort to protect public health and the environment. The Raftelis Foundation Elementary Education Scholarship provides funding to support projects that encourage interest in environmental education.

  • Scholarship to be awarded to North Carolina educators/schools that support a variety of diverse clean water and environmental preservation educational initiatives including:
    • Development of environmental educational kits designed to support clean water education;
    • Financial assistance that supports development and implementation of clean water workshops to elementary schools;
    • Field trips by elementary school students to water and wastewater treatment facilities;
    • Production and/or purchase of videos focused on the clean water environment and the value of clean water;
    • Prizes to elementary school students competing on clean water related environmental projects;
    • Training elementary school teachers about issues related to clean water which in turn will be used in elementary school classrooms.

  • $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded annually.
  • Recipients can qualify for more than one year but must reapply each subsequent year.
    • The scholarship may be applied to expenses for:
      • Educational materials (books, videos),
      • Travel for field trips,
      • Building materials specific to a project,
      • Enrollment fees for water-related short courses for educators and prizes for competitions.
  • Award recipient will qualify for free registration for the Annual NC AWWA-WEA Conference each year in which he/she is awarded the scholarship.

Application Procedure
In ONE envelope, applicants must submit:
  • A completed application form. (Available at,
  • A detailed description of the project including total cost of the project and a budget, environmental education objectives, methodology, relevant drawings, materials to be used, estimated hours for development and completion of the initiative, and the completion date; there is an expectation that the project will be completed within one year after notification of the scholarship award;
  • Proof of employment as an educator;
  • Statement of qualifications of the applicant for performing the project;
  • Two letters of recommendation from school officials, employers, or community leaders involved in the project (each letter shall be limited to one page, submitted in a sealed envelope with the referee's signature on the flap, and included in the application envelope);
  • A written commitment to provide a report to NC AWWA-WEA at the end of the project. The report will be expected to provide details of the administration of the project and its accomplishments or outcomes.

All application materials (including enclosures) must be mailed to the address below, and received by March 24, 2016.
2016 Raftelis Foundation Elementary Education Scholarship
3725 National Drive, Suite 217
Raleigh, NC 27612

Other Information
Letters of notification will be mailed to all applicants by June 20, 2016. If notification of the decision has not been received by July 1st, please contact NC AWWA-WEA staff member Erin Mallis at (919) 784-9030 or

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