Scholarships

The SDSWMA Scholarship Program, an entity of the South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association (SDSWMA), provides one or more scholarships annually to students with directed studies relating to the protection and enhancement of our natural resources and environment, the solid waste industry and similar fields. Preference is given to South Dakota residents intending to study at South Dakota colleges, universities, vocational training or apprenticeships.
The SDSWMA Scholarship was founded in 1995, by SDSWMA members Timothy Sander, Jerome Wright and Terrance Keller, in remembrance of Michael (Paco) Sowers of Belle Fourche and James Pickering of Rapid City. Both died in accidents associated with the solid waste industry in 1994 and 1995.

Who is eligible for SDSWMA Scholarship?
An applicant should desire a career in a trade supportive to the protection and enhancement of our natural resources and environment, the solid waste industry and/or related fields. Applicants must intend to enroll for the fall semester.

  • Preference will be given to South Dakota residents intending to or enrolled at a South Dakota institution of higher learning, vocational school, or other postsecondary trade school.
  • High school seniors are eligible to apply.
  • Parttime studies will be considered if applicant can show good cause for other than fulltime studies and that the course of study is directed toward a degree, certificate or similar identification of graduation.
  • Students who have received an SDSWMA scholarship in the past are eligible to apply each year although preference will be given to new applicants.
  • Children and spouses of Scholarship Committee members are not eligible.

What is considered a course of study that will provide protection and enhancement of our natural resources and the environment or solid waste Industry?
SDSWMA membership consists of a broad range of industries relating to and supporting the proper disposal, reuse, hauling, or recycling of solid waste. Related fields include but are not limited to business administration, accounting, biology, chemistry, trucking, geology, hydrology, engineering, auto mechanics, computer science, heating / ventilation / refrigeration, environmental sciences, engineering technicians, government administration, agribusiness, education, biohazard, energy technology, and more.