JULY 2010

Industry association awards scholarships

The Environmental Industry Associations (EIA) Women’s Council recently announced its 2010 scholarship winners. The EIA Women’s Council scholarships are available to applicants that are employed by, or dependents of persons employed by the members of the two EIA sub-associations: the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) or the Waste Equipment Technology Association (WASTEC). Applicants must be seeking undergraduate or graduate education with intent to pursue studies that will promote a career in the environmental industry.

The EIA Women’s Council awarded four $2,500 scholarships to the following students for the next academic year:

Lindsay Foster-Drago (Portland, Oregon): Foster-Drago is the first repeat recipient of a Women’s Council scholarship. She is working full-time for Keith Manufacturing Co. while completing an MBA at Marylhurst University. The granddaughter of the inventor of the Keith Walking Floor System, Lindsay is training to someday take the helm of the family business.

Anna Oleksiewicz (Urbana-Champaign, Illinois): Oleksiewicz is a high school senior who will be attending the University of Illinois studying electrical engineering in the fall. The child of a Navistar, Inc. engineer, Anna is fluent in three languages, is a distance runner, auto mechanic and mountain climber. She has already applied for a provisional patent for a collapsible bicycle carrier that can be used for air travel.

Jack Stern (Los Angeles, California): Stern is a dean’s list student at the University of Southern California where he is studying civil engineering. His mother is a communications manager at Waste Management, Inc. When not in school, Jack fights forest fires and is a certified first responder for Marin County’s Fire Department.

Kristin Van Kampen (Grand Rapids, Michigan): Van Kampen is the daughter of a Republic Services, Inc., employee. Finishing her second year in biology and environmental studies at Calvin College in Michigan, Kristin is devoted to protecting worldwide ecology. After studying greenhouse management at her college, she travelled to Costa Rica to study biodiversity and apply her skills.