The American Public Works Association (APWA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational and membership organization whose exempt purpose shall be the advancement of the theory and practice of the design, construction, maintenance, administration, and operation of public works facilities and services; the dissemination of information and experience upon, and the promotion of improved practices in public works administration; the encouragement of the adherence by public works officials to a high professional standard; the professional and social improvements of its members; and the promotion of cooperation among all public, quasi-public, and private persons, firms, corporations, bodies, utilities, and agencies which have interests in the field of public works.
In line with our exempt purpose, the APWA has established a Mission to promote professional excellence, understanding of and competency and credibility in public works. This Mission is further served by delivering technical workshops, seminars, educational conferences, trade shows and credentialing combined with the offering of educational scholarships to further support students working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree in a public works-related field.
To fulfill our Mission, the Capital District Branch of the American Public Works Association is sponsoring a scholarship program for candidates pursuing a degree in Public Works related fields including but not exclusively in the fields of Engineering, Public Works Management/Administration/Operation or other programs within the public works profession.
We are very proud to announce our 2019 Scholarship recipient, Carolyn Burnell! Carolyn attended Hoosic Valley High School was involved in the National Honor Society (President), Student Council (Secretary) Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD - President and Treasurer) Science Club and After-School Activities Club. She is also an active participant in her community, working the food booth at the Schaghticoke Fair, fish-fry dinners, American Red Cross Blood Drive, Christmas gifting organization for NYOH cancer patients and families, and a number of other worthy drives and organizations. She also participated as Team Captain of the Varsity Cross Country Team, as well as varsity indoor and outdoor track and competitive dance.
Carolyn plans to study engineering and obtain a Masters degree in either biomedical, computer or nuclear engineering. After graduating, she plans to start a career with the government or within a public works department. Carolyn is interested in pursuing a career in public works because it will allow her to make a difference in the lives of people in the State of New York and/or in the country, give her the flexibility to travel and to also obtain a work/life balance. Carolyn has the leadership, critical thinking, public speaking and teamwork skills necessary to be an amazing engineer and we're very proud to present this award to a well-deserving and driven individual.