ASDSO's Scholarship Program

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) was founded in 1984 with these stated goals:

•  To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences on dam safety issues.
•  To foster interstate and inter-governmental cooperation in dam safety.
•  To provide information and assistance to state dam safety programs and to the ASDSO membership.
•  To provide a representation of state interests before Congress and federal agencies responsible for dam safety.
•  To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state dam safety programs.

Recognizing that one of the keys to the achievement of these goals is the development of well-trained technical persons with an interest in one of the many scientific fields related to dam safety, ASDSO established its Dam Safety Scholarship Program in 1992.

The application period for the 2022-2023 Undergraduate Scholarship is now open. Applications and attachments must be postmarked by March 31, 2022.

Scholarships will be awarded for the 2022/2023 school year and have ranged from $5,000 to $10,000 in recent years. Successful recipients must be U.S. citizens and enrolled full-time at the senior level (during the 2022/2023 school year) in an accredited civil engineering program, or in a
related field as determined by ASDSO, and must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in hydraulics, hydrology or geotechnical disciplines, or in another discipline related to the design, construction and operation of dams. Undergraduate students planning to graduate in May/December 2023 will be eligible for the 2022 scholarship.

Minimum Criteria: Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for the first three years of college and be recommended by their academic advisor. They must also submit a typewritten essay on the topic: What is ASDSO and why is dam safety important.
Basis for Award: The basis for selection will generally follow these guidelines:

  • Academic Scholarship
  • Financial Need
  • Work Experience/Activities
  • Essay

An announcement of successful candidates will be made in July 2022.


2021-2022 Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

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University of California, Irvine

Aiden Ganapathy is an incoming fourth-year civil engineering student at the University of California, Irvine. Aiden is a motivated student who sees education and knowledge as a tool to improve the world. 

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic and transition to remote learning saw Aiden moving back to his hometown of Sacramento, California. Upon returning, he briefly interned for Placer County Public Works before assuming his current role as an engineering student assistant with the California Department of Water Resources Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD). In a trainee capacity, Aiden assists the Division’s Design and Re-evaluation branches with structural and inundation modeling reviews. He has also contributed to the Division’s efficiency by automating tasks for the Annual Fee Program. Outside of work, Aiden serves as chapter president of Engineers Without Borders at UCI and volunteers with the California Water Environment Association as a webmaster.

In the coming years, Aiden looks forward to broadening his dam safety experience and specializing in related topics in graduate school. His interest in climate change and its potential implications with resource scarcity drive his future education and career choices.

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