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Scholarships & Awards

Colorado SWANA Scholarship & Awards Information

The Colorado Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (CO-SWANA) strives to enhance academic and professional development within solid waste management disciplines. Qualified individuals are invited to apply to the Chapter’s scholarships and awards program.

Scholarship And Awards Information

The Colorado Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (CO-SWANA) strives to enhance academic and professional development within solid waste management disciplines. Qualified individuals are invited to apply to the Chapter’s scholarships and awards program.

Scholarship Availability:

Grants and scholarships may be awarded to SWANA members, prospective members, and college/university students who meet the minimum qualifications and successfully demonstrate commitment to helping raise standards of excellence for the waste management field.

Scholarships:

Each year, CO-SWANA is prepared to award ten to fifteen (10-15) grants of $25 – $500 for a variety of types of educational expenses as well as $1,000 scholarships (at least one) for continuing education or academic expenses.

Criteria for Award:

The Board of the CO-SWANA Chapter will review the applications and will prioritize, evaluate and rank the request on the following criteria:

  1. The content and timeliness of the training session or educational program.
  2. The expectation of the training’s benefits as it relates to academic or professional growth for the individual and/or the applicant’s employer.
  3. Willingness to provide a report, newsletter article, or presentation at the annual CO-SWANA conference, if appropriate.
  4. For scholarships awards, applicants who do not belong to SWANA and who do not already have a contact / sponsor who belongs to SWANA may be assigned a “sponsor” by the Board who is a member of the organization.
  5. If not already a member, level of interest / commitment to join SWANA.

Submittal Requirement:

To be considered for a grant or scholarship plese fill out the application form along with a letter (no longer than one page) that describes how the applicant will benefit from the educational and/or training opportunity for which a grant or scholarship would be used. Applications should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the scheduled event or academic period.

Please send completed application form and cover letter to:

John Briest
CO-SWANA Scholarship Committee
c/o Weaver Consultants Group
7340 E. Caley Ave. #110
Centennial, CO 80111

Scholarship Policies And Procedures

  1. Introduction
    The following policies and procedures are established to provide for the selection of Committee Members, the criteria for selection of scholarship awards, and the overall management of the Colorado SWANA Scholarship Program.

    1. Applicability
      The Colorado SWANA Scholarship Program administers scholarships to meet three specific needs, including:

      1. The SWANA Grant H. Flint International Scholarship Awards Program
      2. The Colorado SWANA College Scholarship Program
      3. The Colorado SWANA Training Scholarship Program

      Each of these scholarship programs is described in more detail in subsequent sections.

    2. Selection of Committee Members
      At the beginning of each fiscal year, the Colorado SWANA President, with Board concurrence, shall appoint two or more Board members to the Scholarship Committee. The appointed members shall serve during the fiscal year of their appointment unless relieved of this duty by the President.
    3. Responsibilities of Scholarship Committee Members
      The Scholarship Committee shall meet as required to consider applications for scholarships originating from Colorado SWANA members, and shall recommend approval or denial to the Board for its consideration. The Scholarship Committee meetings may be in person or by conference call as required to provide timely recommendations to the Board.If the child or employee of a Scholarship Committee member is under consideration for a scholarship, the Committee member shall recuse him/herself from consideration of the application. The President shall appoint a temporary Committee member, if necessary, to assist in consideration of these applications.
    4. Responsibilities of the Colorado SWANA Board
      The Board shall consider the recommendations of the Scholarship Committee, and shall act upon these recommendations in a timely manner. The Board’s actions may be taken in person at a regularly scheduled Board meeting, or by telephone or email voting.
  2. Grant H. Flint International Scholarship
    1. Administration
      The Grant H. Flint International Scholarship Program is administered by SWANA’s International Scholarship Committee under the criteria established in SWANA’s Management and Administrative Policy MA-26. This SWANA Policy encourages each SWANA chapter to select and recommend applicants residing in their chapter area by forwarding the recommended application(s) to SWANA.
    2. Responsibilities of the Colorado SWANA Scholarship Committee and Board
      Upon receipt of an application(s) from a Colorado resident, the Colorado SWANA Scholarship Committee shall review the application(s) for conformance with the requirements of MA-26. The Committee shall work with the applicant(s) to complete any missing requirements. When the application(s) is deemed complete, the Committee shall make its recommendation to the Board, which shall act on this recommendation and forward it to SWANA.
  3. Colorado Swana College Scholarships
    1. Administration
      At the beginning of each fiscal year, the Colorado SWANA Board shall establish, at its sole discretion, a budget for scholarships for higher education (university, college or community college level). Once approved, the budget for scholarships may only be increased by a vote of the Board. The Scholarship Committee will consider scholarship applications using criteria established in this Policy, together with the budget approved by the Board, and shall make recommendations to the Board for its consideration.
    2. Applicability
      Applications for college scholarships shall be considered when originating from a Colorado SWANA member, a member’s child, or a member’s employee. In the case of a member’s employee, Colorado SWANA may, at its sole discretion, require the employee to become a member (during the term of the scholarship, at a minimum) as a condition of scholarship acceptance.
    3. Criteria for Award
      Each applicant shall submit data required to allow evaluation of the application according to the following criteria:

      1. Academics (e.g., GPA, ACT or SAT Scores, Academic Honors)(40%)
      2. Community and Extracurricular Activities (e.g., Student Organizations, Sports, Volunteer Activities, Research Internship/Assistanceship)(40%)
      3. Essay (20%):
        1. The applicant shall develop an essay of not more than two single sided pages in a font not less than 11 point.
        2. For freshman or sophomore year scholarships, the essay should describe need and general academic interests.
        3. For junior or senior year scholarships, the essay shall describe need and applicability of the academic program to an environmental or solid waste career.
    4. Ranking and Selection of Awards
      The Scholarship Committee members shall evaluate each application, apply a ranking to the application(s), and recommend the top ranked applicant(s) for consideration by the Board. The Committee’s ranking(s) and the Board’s decision(s) shall be final and not subject to appeal.
  4. Colorado Swana Technical Training Scholarships
    1. Administration
      At the beginning of each fiscal year, the Colorado SWANA Board shall establish, at its sole discretion, a budget for scholarships for technical training (Colorado SWANA technical training, SWANA certification training, college short courses or similar training courses related to solid waste management); once approved, the budget for scholarships may only be increased by a vote of the Board. The Scholarship Committee will consider scholarship applications using criteria established in this Policy, together with the budget approved by the Board, and shall make recommendations to the Board for its consideration.
    2. Applicability
      Applications for technical training scholarships shall be considered when originating from a Colorado SWANA member or a member’s employee. In the case of a member’s employee, Colorado SWANA may, at its sole discretion, require the employee to become a member (during the year of the scholarship, at a minimum) as a condition of scholarship acceptance. If more than one application is received from a single employer, Colorado SWANA may, at its sole discretion, provide a single scholarship to the employer for use at its discretion, or provide lesser scholarships to the individual applicants.
    3. Criteria for Award
      Each applicant shall submit data required to allow evaluation of the application according to the following criteria:

      1. Description of the technical training.
      2. Statement of need.
    4. Ranking and Selection of Awards
      The Scholarship Committee members shall evaluate each application, apply a ranking to the application(s), and recommend the top ranked applicant(s) for consideration by the Board. The Committee’s ranking(s) and the Board’s decision(s) shall be final and not subject to appeal.
Colorado Chapter Solid Waste Association of North America
Scholarship / Awards Program Application

The mission of the Colorado Chapter of SWANA is to advance environmentally and economically sound management of solid waste, and education is a primary goal for fulfilling that mission. The Chapter has budgeted money for training / education grants and scholarships to award to waste / recycling industry students and professionals. This form may be filled out electronically or sent to the address at the bottom of the page.

To be considered for a grant or scholarship please fill out the application form. Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the scheduled event or academic period. Please fill out the form completely and either submit or use the Form’s Print Preview or Print buttons (not the browser’s) to prepare the form for printing.

Questions? Contact John Briest.

Send printed form to:

John Briest
CO-SWANA Scholarship Committee
c/o Weaver Consultants Group
7340 E. Caley Ave. #110
Centennial, CO 80111

Online Application

Please fill out the following information (All fields are required unless explicitly stated ):

Your Name (required)

Organization (if applicable)

Address (required)

City, State, Zip (required)

Email (required)

Phone (required)

SWANA Member (required)
YesNoNo, but plan to join this year

Scholarship Specifications

Sponsor (if applicable) and relationship to sponsor:

Amount of money being requested: (required)

Please describe how the scholarship / award will be used: (required)

Please provide a brief description (2-4 sentences) of what specially qualifies you for this award: (required)

Describe how the applicant will benefit from the educational and/or training opportunity for which a grant or scholarship would be used: (required)

Please attach any supporting documents

COLORADO SWANA OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Procedures and Qualification Requirements

1. INTRODUCTION

The Colorado Rocky Mountain SWANA Chapter will annually recognize an individual for his/her contribution to the field of solid waste management in Colorado. Nominees will be considered on an annual basis, but not necessarily awarded every year. Outstanding Achievement Awards will be presented at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting.

2. BASIS FOR SELECTION

The minimum criteria Outstanding Achievement awards include:

  • A current member of SWANA in good standing
  • Valuable and distinguished service to the Chapter
  • Valuable and distinguished service to individual’s employer
  • Valuable and distinguished service to the solid waste industry ingeneral
  • Supportive to the conduct and advancement of SWANA’s mission

Other factors that may be considered in the selection for an individual award are:

  • Length of service to the particular field or industry
  • Contributions outside the particular field or industry
  • Other pertinent factors.

3. NOMINATIONS

Nominations can made by the candidate or on behalf of the candidate. Nominations must be made in a maximum one-page description of why the candidate is worthy, including how the minimum criteria are met and what other factors apply.

Nominations shall be solicited and prepared by the Chapter Award Committee each year prior to the Annual Meeting. Nominations can be submitted to the Committee at any time, however.

4. AWARD SELECTION

The Chapter Award Committee at a minimum shall include the Committee Chair, current President Vice President and any other interested Board members.. The Committee shall review all nominations and complete a ranking form for each candidate. The rankings shall then be used to identify the top candidate. A unanimous vote is required for the award. Where these individuals cannot agree then no award will be made that year. Although an award can be given regardless of ranking if a unanimous vote occurs, a ranking of 60% or greater is preferred

5. AWARD

Recognition and award will include reimbursement of registration and lodging expenses at the Annual Meeting when the award is made.

COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAIN SWANA CHAPTER
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD SCORE SHEET
(to be used by Chapter Awards Committee only)

 Max
 Score
 Totals
1. CURRENT SWANA MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING
(Yes is mandatory for further consideration)
2. SERVICE TO CHAPTER 5
     a. Chapter committee service
     b. Chapter meeting planning/hosting
     c. Chapter leadership
3. SERVICE TO EMPLOYER 5
     a. Years of service
4. SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY 5
     a. Inventions, research, significant projects, etc.
     b. Advocacy work
     c. Publications
     d. Collaboration with other organizations
5. SUPPORT OF SWANA MISSION 5
     a. Interaction with national organization
     b. Instruct/assist with SWANA training
6. OTHER 5
TOTAL SCORE 25