SouthWest Water Company Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners; Recognizes Outstanding Engineering Students

As part of its continuing commitment to the communities it serves, SouthWest Water Company has announced cash scholarships for three 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.

Craig Sorensen, President – Southeast Utilities, said that SouthWest Water Company recognizes the need to help upcoming leaders in this important field. “Water is our most valuable resource and, as a company responsible for protecting that resource, we want to encourage the next generation of leaders in the engineering field,” Mr. Sorensen said. “There was an outstanding group of applicants this year and we are excited to announce these SouthWest Water Company scholarship winners.”

The recipients, each of whom will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship from SouthWest Water Company, are Abigail (Abby) Vineyard, of Birmingham and Oak Mountain High School, who will study materials science engineering at Auburn University; Emily Broome, of Birmingham and Spain Park High School, who will study mechanical engineering at Auburn University; and Griffin Knight of Pelham and Pelham High School, who will study engineering at Mississippi State University.

In Alabama, SouthWest Water Company owns and operates water treatment and water reclamation facilities in Shelby County and across the Birmingham Metropolitan area. Nationwide, SouthWest Water Company utility subsidiaries own and operate regulated water and wastewater treatment systems serving over half a million residential and business customers in six states: Alabama, California, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas.

SouthWest Water Company strongly believes that with water comes responsibility. The company is very active and involved in its communities. Adopt-A-Highway, Adopt-A-Stream, The ARC of Shelby County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Rotary, SafeHouse and the United Way are just a few of the civic and charitable organizations SouthWest Water Company supports.

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Harry Chandler (L), of SouthWest Water Company, presents the SWWC scholarship to Abigail Vineyard (R), Oak Mountain High School. Abigail will study materials science engineering at Auburn University.

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Guy Locker (R), of SouthWest Water Company, presents the SWWC scholarship to Emily Broome (L), Spain Park High School. Emily will study mechanical engineering at Auburn University.

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Griffin Knight Pelham HS #3: Shane Campbell (R), of SouthWest Water Company, presents the SWWC scholarship to Griffin Knight (L), Pelham High School. Griffin will study engineering at Mississippi State University.