2021 AZ SWANA Scholarship Application

 Solid Waste Association of North America – Arizona Chapter


The Arizona SWANA Chapter is a non-profit, professional organization that works to enhance the knowledge of solid waste industry professionals, and others from similar organizations closely allied with the solid waste industry by facilitating the exchange of ideas and information, provide training, and promote networking. Learn more about AZSWANA by visiting our website at www.swanaaz.org

AZSWANA Scholarships

The AZ SWANA Scholarship was established to provide scholarships to students preparing for a career in the solid waste industry and to assist members and their dependents achieve their educational goals. College scholarships are awarded to individuals accepted and/or enrolled in a degree program at a community college or four-year university.


AZSWANA is pleased to announce that scholarships of up to $2,000 will be awarded to one or more applicants. Winners of the scholarships will be invited to attend AZSWANA’s Annual Awards Banquet.

Who is eligible?

In order to be eligible for one of the AZSWANA scholarships, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a candidate for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at a community college or four-year university
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.00
  • Not receiving full reimbursement for tuition from an employer or from any other outside source Scholarship is awarded in June of each year for the following academic year.


Scholarship Categories

Category I: Graduating high school seniors or graduate equivalent certified candidates who have been accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a community college, four-year college, or a university (any program).  Eligible candidates must be a son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter of a SWANA Member (sponsor) in good standing.

Category II: Currently enrolled full-time college or university students who are entering their junior or senior undergraduate year and pursuing a degree in environmental science, engineering, or other suitable major related to the field of solid waste management.

Category III: SWANA Chapter member in good standing who is pursuing educational opportunities, training or professional development. Applicant must be matriculating towards an undergraduate degree; or to coursework, training or professional development in the solid waste, or an environment related field.

What is the Selection Process and Deadline?

Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2021.  Applications must be received by June 1, 2021 to be considered. 

The selection process involves an initial screening of applications to ensure that the application has been completed in full, and all instructions have been followed by the applicant.  Failure to complete all required sections of the application and follow instructions will result in disqualification of the application.  Applications that meet all the submission requirements will then be reviewed by the Scholarship Selection Committee. Applicants will be notified of the Scholarship Selection Committee’s decision by email on or before June 30th.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of AZSWANA to conduct its affairs without regard to race, creed, religion, color, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, or physical disability.

Privacy Policy

The information received in this application will only be used by the AZSWANA Scholarship Selection Committee for the purposes of evaluating a candidate’s qualifications for this scholarship and will not be provided to anyone outside of AZSWANA.

For any questions please contact:

Attention:            Patrick Murphy
E-mail                 [email protected]


I acknowledge that the decisions of the AZSWANA Scholarship Selection Committee are final.  I certify that I meet the eligibility requirements of the Scholarship Program and the information provided is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge.

I understand that the information in my application will be shared with the AZSWANA Scholarship Selection Committee for the purpose of evaluating my application.  If awarded a scholarship, I give permission to AZSWANA to publish my name as a scholarship recipient on the website and in other publications.

I certify that all the information provided in this application is truthful and accurate:


On a separate attachment, please prepare a personal statement. The Personal Statement should address your academic goals and expected date of graduation; career goals, volunteer activity of a minimum of 10 hours anytime from January 1, 2021 to June 1, 2021, and how the scholarship will help you achieve your goals. The Personal Statement should highlight the applicant’s current circumstances that support the need for the scholarship. Please include a copy of your current unofficial transcript, and proof of your volunteer activity (i.e. letter from the agency where you volunteered, or a letter from someone who can speak to your volunteerism, or other valid documentation).


Applications will not be reviewed if the questions are not answered. Limit response to all questions on 1 page.