WCIECA Scholarship

Deserving Students Wanted by July 1!

Organizational Mission

The Western Chapter-International Erosion Control Association (WC-IECA) unites academics, manufacturers, and practitioners interested in effective and economical methods of erosion and sediment control leading to improved water quality and environmental restoration. Western Chapter members are individuals located in, or doing business in, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and California who are also members of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA).


To provide one scholarship of $1,000 for 2016-17, in addition to mentoring, for continuing junior, senior, or graduate school level students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in the erosion and sediment control profession who are enrolled in a related degree-program at an accredited 4-year college or university. The Western Chapter will assign a mentor to each scholarship recipient to act as a professional resource to the applicant.


Since erosion and sediment control is a cross-disciplinary field, a wide variety of degree-programs will be considered, e.g., engineering, hydrology, soils, geology, forestry, environmental studies, range management, watershed, ecology, natural resources planning, etc. Students must be enrolled in institutions within the four-state area of the WC-IECA, i.e., CA, AZ, NV, or HI.

Application Requirements

Interested students may download both Scholarship Application forms and Letter of Recommendation forms here on the Western Chapter-IECA website or contact Cyndi Brinkhurst at (530) 272-2407 or at westernchapter@gmail.com.

Applicants must submit a 500-word essay and college academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts okay) along with the Scholarship Application. The names and contact information of two persons (one of whom must be the Applicant’s Academic Advisor or Professor primarily responsible for supervising Applicant’s academic progress) who will be submitting letters of recommendation on behalf of the applicant must also be submitted as provided for in the Scholarship Application. These Letters of Recommendation must be sent separately by the chosen reference providers either electronically or in sealed envelopes directly to the WC-IECA. Applications are due by July 1 preceeding the fall academic year to which these scholarships will be used. Awardees will be notified by August 15.

Application Materials

For your convenience, the scholarship application and letter of recommendation template are provided below in Acrobat PDF format.

Scholarship Application

Letter of Recommendation

Send completed applications via one of the methods listed below. Electronic submissions are preferable and will be received through email or fax.

Email: westernchapter@gmail.com
Attn: Scholarship Committee

FAX: (530) 231-6181
Attn: Scholarship Committee

U.S. mail to:
WCIECA Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 474
Cedar Ridge, CA 95924

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