Pennsylvania expands skilled workforce with 2019 Stream initiative


Pennsylvania American Water has announced its 2019 Stream of Learning scholarship programme to expand the skilled workforce in the water and wastewater industries.

The utility will provide financial assistance to outstanding high school seniors planning to pursue careers in water and wastewater.

The company will award scholarships of $1,000 each to 10 Pennsylvania students to study in specific fields, ranging from engineering to environmental science.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must currently live in the Pennsylvania American Water service area. (Students can attend a learning institution outside of the company’s service territory.)
  • Students must plan to attend a two-or four-year college or technical school, and must plan to study environmental science, engineering, biology or chemistry.
  • Students must be high school seniors. (Current college students are not eligible.)
  • Family members of Pennsylvania American Water employees are not eligible.

Jeff McIntyre, president at Pennsylvania American Water, said: “By attracting scholars to those fields that are vital to the future of our business, we hope to develop and tap their talent for the long-term benefit of our communities and the environment.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.