Ben Masengil Memorial Scholarship



    The Oregon Beaver Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is pleased to offer the Ben Masengil Scholarship Award Program each year as a benefit to chapter members and to promote education and the advancement of the solid waste industry. This scholarship is dedicated in thanks to Ben Masengil, one of the founding members of the Oregon Chapter. The Beaver Chapter is proud to offer this scholarship program as a way to honor Ben’s long-standing history of contributions and participation within the organization.



    Candidates applying for the scholarship must be a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter of an Oregon Beaver Chapter member in good standing as of May 1st of the year the application is submitted.


    Grant categories

    Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded each year by the Oregon Beaver Chapter to the highest scoring applicant in each of the following categories:

    1. Graduating high school senior or graduate equivalent (certified) that have been accepted by a junior college (2-year), four-year college, or university in any program.
    2. Returning college student enrolled in any junior college, four-year college, or university in any undergraduate or graduate program.



    May 1st is the deadline for submission of the completed application and all supporting materials including transcripts.



    The Oregon Beaver Chapter scholarship is made possible by generous donations and fundraising activities organized by the Oregon Beaver Chapter. If you would like to make a donation to this scholarship fund, please contact the current chapter treasurer at





    Emily May

    I was involved in leadership all four years of high school where I ended as our student body vice president. I also was our National Honor Society Chapter’s Vice President where I organized and planned three Red Cross Blood Drives. I was a varsity softball and volleyball player for three years with both sports being very successful my junior and senior year. Not only was I active in my education but I was involved in my church’s youth group where we went on a mission to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana and attended the National Catholic Youth Conference in 2015 and 2017. In the fall I am attending Oregon Institute of Technology pursuing a nursing degree. I’ve always had a want to help others and felt called to pursue a career in the medical field.

    Laura Johnson

    Hi my name is Laura Johnson I am currently going into my sophomore year of college at Eastern Washington University. My current goal is to double major in Environmental Science and Mechanical Engineering. I am apart of the Honors College on campus and was on the Dean’s List throughout my freshman year. I am also a member of the Panhellenic community in Alpha Xi Delta. During my freshman year I lived on the H2O Living Learning Community floor. Our floor was centered around sustainability, healthy living, and outdoor recreation. Next year I will be joining the sustainability club and becoming even more involved in campus life.




    Grant H. Flint Scholarship Awards Program


    Participation in the Grant H. Flint International Scholarship Program begins at the Chapter level. Completed applications must be received by respective chapters no later than May 1st of the current calendar year. The Chapter Scholarship Committees are responsible for reviewing and selecting local winners, and forwarding one representative for each scholarship category to the International Scholarship Committee for review. The total amount given within Category I and Category II will be $20,000. The amount for each individual award will be determined by the International Scholarship Committee.

    The names and completed applications of Chapter winners must be received by the SWANA Staff Scholarship Administrator no later than June 1st of the current year in order to be considered for an international award. At-large applicants should forward their applications directly to the SWANA Staff Scholarship Administrator by May 1; no more than two At-Large scholarship applications will be accepted for each category.


    Schedule for Selection

    May 1 — Deadline for submission of application materials to Chapter Scholarship Committee

    June 1 — Deadline for submission of Chapter candidates for review by International Scholarship Committee

    July 15 — International Scholarship Committee meets to select winners

    August 1–15 — Announcement of International Scholarship winners


    Award Categories

    Category I: Graduating high school seniors or graduate equivalent certified candidates who have been accepted for enrollment in a junior college, a four-year college, or a university (any program). To be eligible, candidates must be the children or grandchildren of a SWANA Member (sponsor) in good standing as of May 1st of the current calendar year.

    Category II: Currently enrolled full-time college or university students who are entering their junior or senior undergraduate year and pursuing a degree in environmental science, engineering, or other suitable major related to the field of solid waste management. To be eligible, candidates must be the children or grandchildren of a SWANA Member (sponsor) in good standing as of May 1st of the current calendar year or SWANA Student Members in good standing.


    The applications for each are above and can also be found on the SWANA National website at:   Note that the essay question has been changed in response to requests from chapter representatives. The deadline for applications to the chapters is May 1, 2019.  The deadline for sending details about Chapter winners/one nominee for each scholarship on for consideration by the International Scholarship Committee is June 1, 2019.    Please direct all Chapter applications and your questions to or call Sara Bixby at 240-494-2236.



    Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Scholarship Award


    The criteria for selection

    Full-time students who are entering or are in graduate school pursuing a degree in environmental science, engineering or other suitable major related to the field of solid waste management. Eligible candidates must be sons, daughters, grandsons or granddaughters of a SWANA Member (sponsor) in good standing as of May 1st or SWANA Student Members in good standing.

    Scholarship Amount

    1 award of $5,000