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 Oregon 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.

Grant Categories

Two $1,000* scholarships will be awarded each year by the Oregon 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.

* This amount has been reduced to $1,000 in 2021 due to COVID-related budget restrictions.


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


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.

2021 Ben Masengil Recipients

Hannah Song

Hannah Song recently graduated from Summit High School and is planning to attend the University of California – San Diego to study mechanical engineering in the fall.

Grace Skakel

Grace Skakel is attending Vassar College, where she is a prospective anthropology major. Grace graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 2020. In both high school and college, Grace has led student organizations that advocate for sustainability and environmental justice. Grace’s passion for environmental activism began at a very young age when she became a Junior Master Recycler.

Grant H. Flint Scholarship Program

Participation in the Grant H. Flint International Scholarship Program begins at the Chapter level. Completed applications must be received by respective chapters no later than May 1st of the current calendar year. The Chapter Scholarship Committees are responsible for reviewing and selecting local winners, and forwarding one representative for each scholarship category to the International Scholarship Committee for review. The total amount given within Category I and Category II will be $20,000. The amount for each individual award will be determined by the International Scholarship Committee.

Schedule for Selection

May 1 — Deadline for submission of application materials to Chapter Scholarship Committee

June 1 — Deadline for submission of Chapter candidates for review by International Scholarship Committee

July 15 — International Scholarship Committee meets to select winners

August 1–15 — Announcement of International Scholarship winners

Award Categories

Category I: Graduating high school seniors or graduate equivalent certified candidates who have been accepted for enrollment in a junior college, a four-year college, or a university (any program). To be eligible, candidates must be the children or grandchildren of a SWANA Member (sponsor) in good standing as of May 1st of the current calendar year.

Category II: Currently enrolled full-time college or university students who are entering their junior or senior undergraduate year and pursuing a degree in environmental science, engineering, or other suitable major related to the field of solid waste management. To be eligible, candidates must be the children or grandchildren of a SWANA Member (sponsor) in good standing as of May 1st of the current calendar year or SWANA Student Members in good standing.

The applications for each can also be found on the SWANA National website. Note that the essay question has been changed in response to requests from chapter representatives. The deadline for applications to the chapters is May 1, 2019. The deadline for sending details about Chapter winners/one nominee for each scholarship on for consideration by the International Scholarship Committee is June 1, 2019. Please direct all Chapter applications and your questions to sbixby@swana.org or call Sara Bixby at 240-494-2236.

Robert P. Stearns / SCS Engineers Scholarship

Criteria for Selection

Full-time students who are entering or are in graduate school pursuing a degree in environmental science, engineering or other suitable major related to the field of solid waste management. Eligible candidates must be sons, daughters, grandsons or granddaughters of a SWANA Member (sponsor) in good standing as of May 1st or SWANA Student Members in good standing.

Scholarship amount

1 award of $5,000

Harvey W. Gershman Scholarship

Criteria for Selection

The Gershman Scholarship prioritizes students enrolled at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, but is also open to university juniors and seniors nominated by their chapter to SWANA’s Grant H. Flint Scholarship Program.

Scholarship amount

1 award of $5,000