The Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association (WCSWMA) is an Internal Revenue Service 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission focused on environmental education, solid waste management, recycling, environmental engineering and the environmental sciences. In order to achieve its mission, WCSWMA has develop a scholarship program for university students majoring in fields related to the noted fields. Scholarships are open to junior, senior and post-graduate level students, with declared majors and enrolled at accredited Wisconsin universities or colleges.

Annually WCSWMA provides up to two (2) scholarships of $2,000 each. Scholarships may be used to offset the cost of credit courses, books, laboratory supplies, computer supplies, electronic devices and living expenses.

2019 Scholarship Recipients
  • Jana Suriano, UW-Stevens Point

  • Kristina Crivello - UW-Madison

  • Ellie Haviland - Carthage College

2020 Timeline

Application Announcement: Early March

Scholarship Submission Deadline:
May 15, 2020

Scholarship Announcement: End of June

Scholarship payments: End of July


Qualified Students are those students:

  • Currently enrolled full-time at an accredited Wisconsin university or college

  • Entering their junior or senior undergraduate year or working on a graduate degree.

  • Degree areas for consideration as a part of this scholarship are:

    • environmental education

    • recycling

    • waste management

    • environmental engineering

    • the environmental sciences

    • public administration

    • or a related field or other degree areas with a demonstrated interest in a career in waste resource management industry

2020 Scholarship Committee
  • Amanda Haffele, Portage County SWD

  • Gerry Neuser, Manitowoc County DPW

  • Pat O’Brien, Winnebago County SWB

  • Kelly Mehring, Waukesha County


Application Period is OPEN!

All items must be submitted by the deadline to qualify:

  • Application Form (online or paper)

  • College Transcripts

    • submit via email to​

  • Discussion Paper

    • a one-to-two page discussion of your views on waste resource management (waste disposal, recycling, waste reduction, beneficial use of waste materials, product stewardship, etc.), what it is, who participates, what are the current issues facing the profession, and your thoughts on its future direction.

    • submit via email to​


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