The purpose of the award is to acknowledge those WEF members who have had a significant impact on the professional and personal development of one or more water quality professionals, including providing personal, social, and intellectual support.

This award is intended to recognize the life-altering impact that one person can have on a person or number of people in one of the following ways:

  • Intellectual support: Helps the mentee develop ideas constructively (e.g., by brainstorming,  offering a sounding board, suggesting a diverse perspective, providing written feedback) - investing one's intellectual capital in the servie of mentees.
  • Social support: Helps the mentee develop a professional network that will allow him/her to be successful (e.g., introducing them to others, writing reference letters, suggesting them as co-authors/reviewers/editors) - investing one's social capital in the service of mentees.
  • Personal support: Genuinely cares about the well-being and development of the mentee (e.g., encouragement through difficult times, helps maintain self-efficacy, provides perspective or specific career/work strategies) - investing one's mental energy in the service of mentees.


  1. Nominee must be a member in good standing of the Water Environment Federation.
  2. Nominations must come from one or more water quality professional(s) who have been positively impacted by the nominee during their career(s).
  3. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

i. Online nomination form
ii. 300-word citation
iii. Mentee Letter(s) of Support (1 page each, no more than 5)
iv. List of Mentees
v. Description of Mentorship Activities and Reach - clearly and succintly describe the mentor's activities

WEF Membership Requirements for Application

Both the Nominee and Nominator must be current (not expired) WEF Members, in order for the Nominee to be considered for this Award. 

If needed, contact WEF’s Customer Service Center for WEF Member ID information: | 1-800-666-0206 | 703-684-2400 | International Members/Customers: 1-571-830-1545

Nominations Deadline

Application will be available annually on January 15 and close annually on March 31 at 11:59PM (Eastern).


Questions or Comments?

Contact: Rebecca Culhane
Manager, Awards and Scholarships
Phone: 1 + (703-684-2400) x7070