SWANA Beaver Chapter
Oregon & Idaho

Scholarships & Awards

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Ben Masengil Memorial Scholarship

The Beaver Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is pleased to offer the Ben Masengil Scholarship Award Program each year as a benefit to chapter members and to promote education and the advancement of the solid waste industry. This scholarship is dedicated in thanks to Ben Masengil, one of the founding members of the Chapter. The Beaver Chapter is proud to offer this scholarship program as a way to honor Ben’s long-standing history of contributions and participation within the organization.


Candidates applying for the scholarship must be a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter of, or sponsored by, a Beaver Chapter member in good standing as of May 1st of the year the application is submitted. Candidates must also reside within the geographic region covered by the Beaver Chapter.

Note: Eligibility for applicants of this scholarship vary from those offered by SWANA International scholarships. Please consult the SWANA International website for more information if you intend for the committee to consider your application for nomination to the SWANA International program.

Grant Categories

Up to four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded each year by Beaver Chapter to the highest scoring applicant in each of the following categories:

  1. Graduating high school senior or graduate equivalent (certified) that have been accepted by a junior college (2-year), four-year college, trade school, or university in any program.
  2. Returning college student enrolled in any junior college, trade school, four-year college, or university in any undergraduate program.

The Beaver Chapter is now using the application forms used by SWANA International for the Grant H. Flint Scholarship program.


May 1st is the 2024 deadline for submission of the completed application and all supporting materials including transcripts.

Please submit all applications (scanned/PDF) to scholarships@swanabeaverchapter.org


The Ben Masengil Scholarship is made possible by generous donations and fundraising activities organized by the Beaver Chapter of SWANA. If you would like to make a donation to this scholarship fund, please contact the current chapter treasurer at treasurer@swanaoregon.org or donate online.

2023 Ben Masengil Recipients

Catherine Latimer

Catherine Latimer is a graduate of Ida B. Wells High School in Portland. She will be attending Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island to study English with the goal to work in science journalism or publishing after graduation.


Caleb Mitchell

Caleb is a freshman at the University of Oregon studying Economics and Data Science and is minoring in Math. He joined the University of Oregon Investment Group and also works as an advanced analytics assistant for the Varsity Softball team. This summer he is joining the Corvallis Knights to do advanced baseball analytics and hopes to work in baseball or finance in the future.

SWANA Scholarships

In order to prepare the next generation for the environmentally and economically sound practice of solid waste, SWANA has developed several scholarships for students studying in fields related to solid waste management.