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

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.


May 1st is the 2023 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.

2022 Ben Masengil Recipients

Karlyn Six

Karlyn graduated from St. Stephen’s Academy and is planning to attend Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, to study computer science.

Caleb Mitchell

Caleb is graduating from South Salem High School and plans on studying economics in college. He became interested in business after joining DECA freshman year in high school and also plans on assisting for the baseball team in college.

Lily Rice

Lily Rice is a junior at Oregon State University and will be graduating with a Bachelors of
Science in Marine Biology next spring. Lily’s greatest passion is to explore and advocate for
marine life and she has done so through research and internship opportunities. One of Lily’s
favorite ways to protect the ocean environment is to participate in beach cleanups and educate
others about the effects of microplastic pollution.

Cyrus Mitchell

Cyrus is a junior at the University of Oregon where he is majoring in Economics with minors in Math and Business Administration. After attaining his bachelor’s degree, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in applied economics.

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.