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May 12, 2014
WEF Member Associations Send Aspiring Water Scientists to the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize National Competition
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces the 2014 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)—the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project (click here for complete list). WEF Member Associations (MAs) selected and will sponsor state winners and their science teachers to attend the national competition that will be held June 13-14 in Herndon, Va.
The purpose of the SJWP program is to increase students’ interest in water-related issues and research and to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, water protection, and water and wastewater treatment.
“WEF congratulates these talented state winners, who represent some of the best and brightest minds in water science today,” said WEF President Sandra Ralston. “We wish them the best of luck at the national competition and are very grateful for the continued support of our MAs who are so vital to the success of this important program.”
The U.S. winner will receive $15,000 (USD) and an all-expenses-paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden with their teacher where he/she will represent the United States at the international competition during World Water Week, Aug. 31-Sept. 5, 2014. The international winner will receive $5,000 (USD) presented during a royal ceremony by the prize’s Patron HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
The Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award, a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Xylem Inc., will be also awarded to the SJWP state winner who demonstrates a passion for education, spirit of creativity, and innovation.
In the United States, WEF and its Member Associations organize the national, state, and regional SJWP competitions with support from Xylem Inc., who is also the international sponsor. For more information about SJWP, visit www.wef.org.
Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more,visit www.wef.org