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CWRA Scholarships in Water Resources

The Canadian Water Resources Association annually offers five scholarships awarded to graduate students whose programs of study focus on applied, natural, or social science aspects of water resources.

  • The $5,000 Dillon Consulting Scholarship is awarded to the highest ranked of the applicants. Funding is provided by Dillon Consulting Ltd. on an annual basis.
  • The $2,000 Ken Thomson Scholarship is awarded to the second highest ranked applicant. The Ken Thomson Scholarship is awarded from a special fund set up in his honour.
  • The $2,000 Rick Ross Scholarship will be awarded to the second highest ranked of the applicants. The Rick Ross Student Scholarship is awarded to recognize his ongoing legacy.
  • In addition, three $1,500 scholarships are awarded from the general funds of the Canadian Water Resources Association. All applicants receive a one-year membership in the Canadian Water Resources Association.

Scholarship Criteria Information and Application Forms

Scholarship Committee Congratulates the 2017 Scholarships Winners

As always, the quality of the applications was excellent. Five scholarships were awarded. The following recipients were announced at this year's annual conference which was recently held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, published in WaterNews and on the CWRA website.


Institution and Department


Field of Study

Evelyn Asiedu

University of Alberta

Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology

Dillon ($5,000)

Monitoring the persistence of thousands of organic chemicals in oil sands process-affected water

Adrienne Ducharme

University of Winnipeg

Department of Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy


Ken Thompson ($2,000)

The effect of topography and hydrology on dissolved organic carbon exports to streams at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA)

Jason Abboud

University of Calgary Department of Geoscience

Memorial ($1,500)

Field investigation of fugitive methane gas migration around leaky petroleum wells into freshwater aquifers

Samantha Morgan

Simon Fraser University

Department of Earth Science

CWRA ($1,500)

Investigating the role of buried valley aquifer systems in the regional hydrogeology of the Peace River region in Northeast British Columbia

Justin Shaw

University of Waterloo

Department of Applied Mathematics

CWRA ($1,500)

A lagrangian model for finding sources of dissolved and suspended substances


In addition to the Scholarships all applicants are given a 1 year membership in CWRA


Support the Scholarship Program

Make a donation to support the CWRA scholarship program. A charitable tax receipt is provided for all donations to the CWRA of $15 or more. A donation can be made using the online form or by contacting the CWRA Membership Office.

Past Winners

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