The ISA Water & Wastewater Industries Division (WWID) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 WWID Student Scholarships. The scholarships are given out to promote higher learning and to encourage students to pursue technical careers in the municipal water/wastewater sector. This year we had over 40 applicants for the 2023 scholarship.
This year’s recipients are Katherine A. Hoven and Atharwa Kharkar. Each will receive a $1000 USD scholarship prize to help with their school costs. Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners!
Katherine A. Hoven
Texas A&M – Commerce
Commerce, Texas, USA
“I am writing to express my sincerest gratitude for the ISA WWID scholarship. It is an honor to be chosen by you to receive this award. This next fall, the fall of 2023, I will be in my final semester as an undergraduate, attaining my B.S. in Biology. My goal is to become a water quality analyst as my time in school has taught me there is no more important substance to our continued survival. Thanks to this scholarship I can continue forward towards my goals.nThank you once again for granting me this opportunity. Thank you for funding this scholarship for students just as passionate as I am. I look forward to continuing my education with your support.”
Biography: Katherine Hoven is a senior Biology student attending Texas A&M – Commerce. She is looking to use her degree to help others and change lives, often through overcoming challenges using teamwork and a creative spirit. Her sense of purpose comes from looking after others and improving the lives of those around her, even in small ways. She has worked in a genetics lab, experimenting with influencing genomics through viral vectors, and has intimately studied the mechanisms of life. Several of her hobbies include baking, video gaming, and reading.
Vishwakarma Institute of Technology
“I am incredibly honored and grateful to have been selected as the recipient of the ISA WWID Michael Fedenyszen Memorial Scholarship. I am truly honored to be recognized for my hard work and continued efforts to make a difference. This generosity is greatly appreciated and contributes to the completion of my undergraduate degree. I hope to support the water and wastewater industry in the future. Once again, I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for this incredible honor. Thank you for believing in me and my potential. I will do my best to make you proud.”
Biography: Atharwa Kharkar is in his final year student at Vishwakarma Institute of Technology in Pune, India, and is currently completing his degree in Industrial Engineering. He has completed an internship at TATA MOTORS LIMITED, where he worked on productivity improvement for commercial vehicles. His patent, “AN IOT ENABLED SHOWER MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEM” (Application no. 202221009441), aims to reduce wastewater and improve treatment through an autogenerated recommendation system. He has also undertaken several automation projects focused on the water sector, such as a water leakage detection system and a shower water monitoring system. Atharwa has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Best Environmental Hack Award from Georgetown University and 14 international hackathon awards from prestigious universities. He has also held several positions, such as IoT Research Head at Microsoft Learn Student Club, Club Lead at The Investment Forum, and Finance Coordinator at Entrepreneur Development Club. Atharwa is a talented and driven individual who is dedicated to using his skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on the world.
How to Apply for the next year’s 2024 Scholarship
2024 ISA WWID Student Scholarship: Applications will be due January 31, 2024.
The 2024 Scholarship Application form will be available in the fall of 2023.
For more information about the ISA water/wastewater division visit www.isawaterwastewater.com