Dam Safety Scholarship Program


Dam Safety Scholarship Program

ASDSO's Dam Safety Scholarship Program was established in 1992, recognizing that one of the keys to achieving the association's goals is the development of well-trained technical persons. Through the program, ASDSO annually awards a scholarship to at least one undergraduate senior who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career related to dam design, construction, and operation and is studying in a related field.

As of 2023, ASDSO has awarded more than 50 scholarships totaling more than $250,000.


ASDSO is currently accepting applications for the 2024/2025 Undergraduate Scholarship Program.

At least one scholarship will be awarded, with up to $20,000 in scholarship funds available. A travel stipend to the ASDSO Annual Conference may also be awarded in addition to the scholarship funds. Successful applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents enrolled full-time at the senior level during the 2024/2025 school year. Applications must be enrolled in an accredited civil engineering program or a related field as determined by ASDSO. They must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in hydraulics, hydrology, geotechnical disciplines, or another discipline related to dam design, construction, and operation. Undergraduate students planning to graduate in May/December 2025 will be eligible for the 2024 scholarship.

Basis for Award - Academic Scholarship, Financial Need, Work Experience, Activities, Essay

A complete application will include a complete application form, three letters of recommendation, an essay, and an official transcript.

Application and attachments must be emailed or postmarked by March 25, 2024.

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2023-2024 Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

Devers Photo - Scholarship.JPGWilliam Devers
Norwich University

William "Billy" Devers is a senior at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, working towards a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a minor in construction management. At Norwich University, Billy is the president of the ultimate frisbee club and holds officer positions in all the civil engineering-related honor societies on campus. DSC02286.JPG

Billy has found great interest in dams and water resources engineering through his college, internships, and general love for the outdoors. Billy worked for the Vermont Dam Safety Program in the summer of 2022, inspecting and writing reports on 95 dams. In the summer of 2023, Billy interned at Aldrich & Elliott Water Resources Engineering, a small private consulting firm in Vermont, where he learned about hydraulics engineering for water and wastewater management.

Billy was awarded a $20,000 scholarship and a travel stipend to attend the Dam Safety 2023 conference in Palm Springs, California.