ASDSO's Scholarship Program

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Application forms must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2020


Undergraduate Scholarship Application 2020 / 2021

Student scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2020/2021 school year. Scholarships 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 2020/2021 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 2021 will be eligible for the 2020 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 must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2020. Announcement of successful candidates will be made in July 2020. 



About 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 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.


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Dominique Emmett - 2019-2020 Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

Dominique Emmett is a senior at Penn State Harrisburg working towards her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. She is a member of the college’s ASCE student chapter, where she serves as the club's environmental chair. Previously, she worked as an intern for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as an engineering intern, responsible for conducting low hazard dam inspections throughout the commonwealth. Currently, she is completing an engineering internship at Gannett Fleming, Inc. working on dam design and hydraulic analysis. Following graduation, Dominique plans to continue her education and pursue a master’s degree.

Pictured (Left to Right): John Moyle, Chair of the Scholarship Committee; Dominique Emmett; Roger Adams, 2018-2019 ASDSO President

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