NHA created the Past Presidents’ Legacy Scholarship in 2008 to encourage students to consider becoming part of the U.S. hydropower industry. Our growing industry has professionals in many different fields, including engineering, IT, biology, environmental sciences, forestry, hydrology, animal sciences, management, financial services, communications, and other areas. Many companies also offer high-paying skilled labor and technical positions.
Contributions from NHA, the Hydro Research Foundation, organizations throughout the industry, and individual givers fund the NHA Past Presidents’ Legacy Scholarship. We encourage everyone who supports the future of clean, renewable, affordable energy to join us in making tax-deductible contributions.
NHA encourages industry companies to distribute information about the scholarship program to their employees, alma maters, local universities, trade schools, and community colleges. If you know of a deserving student, please forward the application materials.
2014: Thomas John Decker, a State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry student pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering.
2013: Christopher Budrow, Clarkson University student pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
2012: Kaitlyn Martin, a Colorado School of Mines student pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
2011: Andrew Longenecker, a Stanford University student pursuing a degree in Science, Environment and Resources.
2010: Namratha Gudemaranahalli, a West Virginia University student pursuing a degree in Biology.
2009: Erica Hanley, a graduate student at The Colorado School of Mines pursuing a degree in Hydrological Engineering, specializing in Subsurface Hydrology.
2008: William C. Garrard, a Penn State student pursuing a degree in Information Science and Technology.
Submit an Application
Beginning January 2, 2015, the National Hydropower Association will be accepting applications for the 2015 NHA Past Presidents’ Legacy Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship goes to a promising young person who demonstrates the academic skills and commitment to help create the next generation of leaders in the hydropower industry.
Who: (1) current college sophomores or juniors who will be college juniors or seniors beginning fall 2015, or graduate students with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) GPA who are enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university; (2) Applicants must be students with an equivalent GPA at an accredited vocational technical school or program. All applicants must be U.S. Citizens or legal residents.
Applicant must be pursuing a program of study that is related to the hydropower industry: Engineering, sciences (biology, fisheries, and hydrology), communications, or environmental studies.
Application: Click here to download. Applications will not be accepted until January 2, 2015
Deadline: February 16, 2015
Presentation: At the NHA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., in April 2015
Send application to:
The National Hydropower Association
Past Presidents’ Legacy Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082