Bill Watkins of Rogers (center), President of Beaver Water District’s Board of Directors, recognized University of Arkansas students Andrew Stephens of Rogers, and Shelby Sidney of Springdale. Not pictured is Logan Draper of Fayetteville. These students each received a Beaver Water District Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarship this year.
During its regularly scheduled board meeting held Feb. 16th, the Beaver Water District (BWD) Board of Directors recognized University of Arkansas students Andrew Stephens of Rogers, Shelby Sidney of Springdale, and Logan Draper of Fayetteville with Steele-Croxton Memorial Scholarships. (Draper could not attend the meeting due to a conflict.)
Andrew Stephens, a senior in the University of Arkansas (UA) Biological Engineering Program, is thrilled to be a scholarship award recipient for the third year in a row. “I feel that I have had an audience rooting me on throughout my college career.”
Sidney expressed similar sentiments. “I’m very grateful for your generous donation,” she said. Sidney, who is majoring in Civil Engineering, is a recipient for the second year in a row. “I want to serve my community by designing or consulting on either a water treatment system, wastewater treatment plant, or ‘natural’ developments with the community.” She plans to continue her education and complete a masters in the environmental area of Civil Engineering.
Draper, a senior this year, is majoring in Environmental Science. In his application letter, he noted, “I decided to focus my efforts on water because of my belief that clean water is important not only for public use, but for the flora and fauna that coexist in our community.” He plans to continue his education with a masters and possibly a doctoral degree.
The scholarship, funded through voluntary contributions by BWD Board members and other interested individuals and organizations, is named for the late Joe M. Steele and the late Hardy W. Croxton, leaders and past Board members. The Memorial Scholarship Fund provides support to qualified students within the UA’s College of Engineering and College of Agriculture. The scholarship’s aim is to support students studying and exploring careers related to water.
BWD’s mission is to serve our customers’ needs by providing high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements and is economically priced consistent with our quality standards. BWD supplies clean, safe drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake, at the wholesale price of $1.31 per thousand gallons to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. These cities in Northwest Arkansas then pump, store, distribute and resell the water to their customers — more than 320,000 people and industries in their cities and surrounding areas. For more information, visit http://www.bwdh2o.org/service-area.