CGA Scholarships Getting Bigger & Better
The CGA Scholarship Committee has introduced new, higher value scholarships for family, employees and friends of any CGA member. Let’s encourage more young people to stay in our growing industry. We’ve worked hard at building the fund base and we are proud to offer the following scholarships:
Please encourage your family, friends & employees to apply now for these great scholarships. Your fellow members welcome the opportunity to award these valuable scholarships to deserving folks who will help maintain our great industry.
The application period is February 1 to March 15 of each year. The applicant must be a California resident, provide a 500 word essay about their chosen field of study and meet eligibility requirements (see below).
Jessica Taylor of San Luis Obispo was chosen as the winner of the $2,000 Sheryl Kratz Memorial Scholarship largely because she intends to pursue a degree in environmental engineering. While attending Cuesta College, she has been employed by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. In the fall she will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Jessica’s essay noted, “I believe there is a fine balance to be found by learning from both the assets and disservices of California’s current water regulatory system and understanding the resulting affects within the community.” At this time in our industry, we need more individuals like Jessica entering the field. CGA is proud to assist in her efforts.
Dan Hedman of Sacramento, received the $2,000 CGA Friends and Family Scholarship. He has been brought up in the groundwater industry through his family, who owns and operates Hedman Drilling. Dan currently is the General Manager of the family business started by his grandfather Eugene shortly after World War II. Dan intends to embark on a program leading to a degree in hydrology and government at American River College. At Board of Directors meetings in the past, Dan could often be observed bantering with other members on politics and other water-related issues. His comment in his essay that, “higher education will be essential to the success of future groundwater contractors”, shows his continued commitment to sustaining our industry. CGA looks forward to a long association with Dan.
Katie Guardino of Gilroy received the initial James Edward Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. The Guardino name is well-known in CGA circles, with Katie’s great-great-grandfather Joe being one of the founding fathers of the association. Katie plans to further her education at the University of Alabama pursuing a major in history with an emphasis in pre-law. Eventually she hopes to become a lawyer. Katie comments in her essay that “there is nothing I am more passionate about than the law”. CGA is proud to help start her on her way toward her goal.