IOWWA Scholarship

The Iowa Onsite Wastewater Association is offering a scholarship to:
1. A high school senior
wanting to attend a college or a trade school on a part-time (minimum 6 credit hours per quarter or semester) or full-time basis.  
2. A student attending college or a trade school on a part-time (minimum 6 credit hours per quarter or semester) or full-time basis, planning on continuing their education the following year.

You are eligible if you are a student and an IOWWA member or related to an IOWWA member (primary or associate member) and attending or planning on attending a college or trade school.  Scholarships are awarded one time only per individual. 

We would like to thank the following donors for providing additional funds for the upcoming 2021-2022 Scholarship Program - Natalie and Kendall Moorman, Moorman Construction - Two Full $500.00 Scholarship.   A portion of your membership dues, $5.00, goes directly into the scholarship program.

Note: Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are no longer being accepted.   Six scholarships have been awarded.   The Scholarship Application for the 2022-2023 school year is available for download in the below Documents and Files section (submit by April 15, 2022).

All applications MUST include the following to be considered for the Scholarship:
  1. Completed Application
  2. Letters of Recommendation (2) - two letters from a non-relative such as your employer (past or present), educator (teacher or counselor), mentor, who can best articulate your qualities must accompany the scholarship application.
  3. School Transcripts
  4. Photo of yourself (IOWWA will use for publication, 130 dpi or greater, email with application).


Six students with connections to IOWWA received $500.00 scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.   

PAIGE LACINA, daughter of Rachael and James Lacina, graduated in 2021 from Regina Catholic Education Center in Iowa City with a 3.82 GPA. She’s performed each year in the school’s fall play and spring musical. Paige, who tutors elementary students through the Regina Learning Program, has been involved with raising funds for children with cancer through the Regina dance marathon and children with cleft palates through Operation Smile. She’ll be a full-time environmental science student at the University of Iowa this fall. Her father is an environmental health manager for Johnson County Public Health. Paige has worked 15 hours per week as a cashier at HyVee in Iowa City for more than two years. She intends to continue her part-time work there until she gains an internship in her major, always using the customer service and time management skills she’s learned while balancing her work with academic achievements and extra-curricular school activities. Paige is also a two-year volunteer at the Iowa City Animal Shelter. There she socializes, exercises and cares for animals. For fun, Paige enjoys golf, running, art, the outdoors and spending time with her grandparents, who live nearby.

MADELINE MORTON earned a 3.94 GPA and graduated from Roland-Story High School this year. She’s the daughter of Mary and Justin Morton, executive water project manager at Mort’s Water Company in Story City. A member of the National Honor Society, Madeline will attend the University of Dubuque, studying human health and wellness and playing basketball. She intends to get her license to coach (basketball) while she is an undergraduate and go on to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy in graduate school. In high school she was active in treble choir, mixed choir, basketball (served as a team captain) and track, plus cross-country manager. She also was part of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a small group at her church. For enjoyment, Madeline reads, spends time with family and family pets, watches movies with friends, bakes and listens to music. She put her entrepreneurial and sports talents to work last summer as a basketball coach and trainer, working with girls in her neighborhood to improve their skills.

JACOB NEKVINDA is headed to Iowa State University this fall and looks forward to joining the school’s fishing team as he studies for an engineering degree. A 2021graduate of Benton Community High School in Van Horne, Jacob earned a 3.2 GPA while active in FFA. He is the son of Jody and Kyle Nekvinda; Kyle is a service technician with Miene Septic and Excavating in Robins. A ten-year member of Eastern Iowa Bassmasters.  Jacob has competed in seven high school open fishing tournaments across the county. He won the state fishing tournament and was given the opportunity to represent Iowa in the national championship where he earned a 10th place finish. Jacob worked part-time for Miene Septic before beginning as a cashier at Palo Outdoors where he helps customers with their fishing and hunting needs. Hunting, fishing and hanging out with friends top his favorite things to do.

TOBY RESOR, son of Katie and Troy Resor, R&R Septic Solutions, LLC in Waverly, is headed to Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo to perfect his welding skills. Toby, who has autism spectrum disorder, graduated with a 3.799 GPA and was inducted into the National Honor Society this spring. He spent five to 15 hours per week — all four years — participating in school trap club during the season at Waverly-Shell Rock Senior High. Toby enjoys trap and target shooting and welding to create things out of metal. In the industrial arts lab, Toby is credited with maturity beyond his peers and skills that enabled him to solve new problems, many times without any teacher assistance.  This past spring he worked through the school industrial tech program and spent 10 hours per week at Shell Rock’s Unverferth Manufacturing, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of tillage equipment, pull-type sprayers, fertilizer applicators, hay and grain handline equipment, and other agricultural equipment.
HANNAH WELCH plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa to pursue a degree in elementary education. This 2021 graduate of Adel DeSoto Minburn Community High School with the 3.61 GPA is the daughter of Alissa and Toby Welch of Dallas Center; Toby is an environmental health specialist in Dallas County. Hannah participated in cross country and track for four years, serving as a team captain, motivator and team activities coordinator as she showed her school spirit. Her work ethic, maturity, reliability, and leadership were stressed in recommendations by both her teachers and coaches. She loves to run and has been physically active since childhood. Hannah also works part-time at Little Tigers Learning Center, focusing on children’s activities and helping them follow a routine. She even handles cleaning/sanitation activities for the center, showing her willingness to tackle what’s needed wherever she is.

MIKAYLAN WINTERS, daughter of Amanda and Trent Winters, Winters Septic Service, graduated with a 3.33 GPA from Iowa Falls - Alden High School. She’s been active in volleyball and soccer for three years and was a freshman cheerleader for her school.  A member of the IF - A dance team for four years and captain for three, Mikaylan has played a leadership role in the group’s fundraising, teaching dances, mentoring younger dancers and choreographing routines for varsity and junior varsity dance teams. Her routines have been performed during parades, sporting events and competitions.  Mikaylan, who is a cashier at Fareway in Iowa Falls, volunteers at the Church Women’s United thrift store in addition to volunteering at school. This regional dance competition award winner also is the 2020-2021 Miss Iowa Falls. She enjoys camping, boating, fishing, vacations, music, gardening and hanging out with friends. Mikaylan will attend Ellsworth Community College fulltime to major in business management while she continues to work at her parents’ company which she’s done her “whole life.” The daughter of entrepreneurs, Mikaylan hopes to open her own dance studio after college while also managing the office of the family business.