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.

Grant Categories

Two $2000 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, or university in any program.
  2. Returning college student enrolled in any junior college, four-year college, or university in any undergraduate or graduate program.


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.

2019 Ben Masengil Recipients

Nicolas Chu

I am entering my third year at the University of Washington, where I am currently studying Aeronautics and Astronautics and Mathematics. During my first year at UW, I joined the Engineers Without Borders club where I helped in the designing of a community center for a rural community in Guatemala. I also interned at an Architecture and Engineering firm last summer where I helped design facilities used in the solid waste sector and assisted in assembling a solid waste management plan. Beyond the classroom, I enjoy running trails and skiing on Mount Hood. Moving forward, I hope to join the Design, Build, Fly club and become more involved in the Aerospace community.

Emily May

I am currently going into my sophomore year of college at Oregon Institute of Technology. My current goal is to get my Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a Minor in Psychology. During my freshman year I made the Dean’s list and ended with a GPA of 3.92. I am a part of the Nursing Without Borders Club and Kappa Xi Alpha where I currently serve as the sorority’s secretary.

Laura Johnson

I am going into my Junior year at Eastern Washington University and I am pursuing a major in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Chemistry. I am in the Honors College on campus and have been on the deans list for the past two years. I am the Recruitment 365 Director and New Member Educator in my sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. Our partner philanthropy is Autism Speaks which we volunteer, raise money, and help spread awareness for. As a junior I will be in search of an internship within my field of interest to allow me to refine my knowledge, and further my experience. This will hopefully lead me into working with alternatives to plastics.

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