ASDSO's Scholarship Program

Download the Application - March 31, 2021 Deadline

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 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 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.


Scholarships will be awarded for the 2021/2022 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 2021/2022 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 2022 will be eligible for the 2021 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

ASDSO will be the final determiner in each instance as to which applicants will be recipients of a scholarship. 

Final Application Date  -  Application forms can be obtained by writing to ASDSO at the address below and must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2021.  Announcement of successful candidates will be made in July 2021. 


Send all applications and accompanying materials to: 

Association of State Dam Safety Officials 
239 S. Limestone 
Lexington, Kentucky 40508 

or  email documents to Katelyn Riley at [email protected] 


2020-2021 Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

Hope Stauffer, Boise State University

Hope Stauffer is a senior at Boise State University. She is working towards a degree in Construction Management and has worked for Engineered Structures INC performing quality and internal control. She is active in her university and was the president and founding member of Women in Construction, Engineering and Development, and treasurer of the Construction Management Association.

Special thanks to our sustaining members