Kentucky Groundwater Association

“To protect and improve groundwater resources for all Kentuckians.”

The Susie and Dorris Givens Memorial Scholarship

KYGWA awards scholarships on an annual basis to eligible students enrolled, or enrolling, in college, vocational school, or another approved postsecondary educational institution. The scholarship may be utilized for tuition, books, lab fees, or other direct educational expenses. Each recipient may receive the scholarship up to two (2) times but must submit a new application each time.


Students of all ages and courses of study are encouraged to apply for the scholarship; however, priority is given to any student pursuing a course of study directly related to the groundwater industry (i.e., well drilling, geology, environmental engineering). In order to qualify, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

    • Be a member in good standing of KYGWA or be the child, grandchild, or spouse of a member (a member in good standing is a current member who has maintained active membership for the previous three [3] calendar years)
    • Be a high school senior, high school graduate (including GED), college undergraduate, or enrolled in an accredited vocational school or program
    • Maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale) for the most recent two (2) years of formal education (please provide transcripts documenting cumulative GPA); any applicant who has been out of school for more than two (2) years may submit transcripts for the most recent two (2) years completed or two (2) employment-related recommendations.


Applicants must complete the scholarship application, including the required essay, provide transcripts as requested, and submit the application packet to KYGWA by May 15.

Incomplete, inaccurate, late, or fraudulent applications will not be considered.

Applicants may apply for the scholarship during multiple years but will only be awarded the scholarship a maximum of two (2) times.

Application for the scholarship does not guarantee award of the scholarship. The scholarship committee shall make all final determinations regarding disbursement of funds.


All eligible applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee. The scholarship committee will give special consideration to any applicant pursuing a course of study in a groundwater field. Evaluations and awards will be based on the following:

    • Academic achievement, GPA, honors, and scholastic involvement
    • Quality of the essay, including grammar, writing style, content, and accuracy
    • Community involvement, extracurricular activities, charity work, etc.

Disbursement of funds

Successful applicants who are awarded scholarships will be notified by KYGWA no later than June 30.

Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the financial aid department of the educational institution in which the applicant is enrolled before the beginning of the fall semester. Funds MUST be utilized during the scholastic year for which they are awarded.

Click here to access the scholarship application.

Completed scholarship application packets are to be submitted by May 15 and sent to:

Kentucky Groundwater Association
Attn: Scholarship
601 Dempsey Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081

For additional information, please contact the KYGWA office at (800) 858-4844 or email Dave Schulenberg, KYGWA executive director, at

For those interested in making a donation to the scholarship fund, please click here.


Kentucky Groundwater Association
601 Dempsey Road
Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 800-858-4844
Fax: 614-898-7786

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