SouthWest Water Company Announces Scholarships; Recognizes Outstanding Engineering Students

PELHAM, ALABAMA – – As part of its continuing commitment to the communities it serves, SouthWest Water Company has announced cash scholarships for four graduating high school students in Shelby County who plan to make engineering their main course of study in college.

The scholarship recipients are high school seniors who have been accepted to attend an accredited four-year college or university degree program with the intent to major in environmental science, environmental engineering or general engineering curriculum.

The recipients have demonstrated academic achievements during their high school careers and also have achieved an exemplary record of community service and participation in school extracurricular activities.

SouthWest Water Company Managing Director Craig Sorensen said that SouthWest Water Company feels the need to help upcoming leaders in this important field. “As a company that is charged with protecting the world’s most valuable resource, we feel responsible for encouraging the next generation of leaders in our field,” Mr. Sorensen said.

The scholarship recipients, each of whom will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship, are Richard Allen Perkins, of Indian Springs and Oak Mountain High School, who will study environmental engineering and mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University; Charne Bahn Blue, of Hoover and Spain Park High School, who will study civil engineering at Auburn University; Ryan Todd Murphy, of Pelham and Briarwood Christian High School, who will study environmental engineering at the University of Alabama; and Michael David Sullivan of Pelham and Pelham High School, who will study software engineering at Auburn University.

SouthWest Water Company owns and operates water treatment and reclamation facilities throughout Shelby County.

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Pelham High School: Ed Becker (L), of SouthWest Water Company (SWWC), presents the SWWC scholarship to Michael David Sullivan (R), Pelham High School. Michael will study software engineering at Auburn University.

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Briarwood High School:  Ryan Todd Murphy (L), Briarwood Christian High School, accepts the SouthWest Water Company (SWWC) scholarship from Harry Chandler (R), of SouthWest Water Company (SWWC). Ryan will study environmental engineering at the University of Alabama.

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Spain Park High School: Charner Bahn Blue (L), Spain Park High School, accepts the SouthWest Water Company (SWWC) scholarship from Guy Locker (R), of SouthWest Water Company (SWWC). Charner will study civil engineering at Auburn University.

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Oak Mountain High School: Craig Sorensen (L), Managing Director of SouthWest Water Company (SWWC), presents the SWWC scholarship to Richard Allen Perkins (R), Oak Mountain High School. Richard will study environmental and mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University.