2024 Scholarship Application is Closed.

Awards will be announced June 30, 2024.

2023 Scholarship Awardees

Olivia Sablan

Olivia is a graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, pursuing a master’s degree. Her current research investigates biomass burning through the use of low-cost sensors and satellite observations. Olivia earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Carroll College in Helena, Montana.

En Li

En is currently a graduate student earning a degree in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, where he has been studying the impact of agricultural ammonia emissions on air quality in the Colorado Front Range region. His next project involves studying the impact of urban emissions on air quality in US megacities amid changing chemical regimes. En has been interested in air quality ever since moving from Japan to China during his childhood and experiencing severe air pollution as well as drastic improvements in air quality.

William Dresser

Hi! My name is Will Dresser (he/him) and I am currently working as a graduate research assistant at CU Boulder in Atmospheric Chemistry with Joost de Gouw. My research focuses on indoor air quality, and more specifically, the impacts that wildfire emissions can have on the indoor environment. For this work, I have had the chance to run field studies around the Marshall fire as well as laboratory measurements focusing on man made structural emissions. I hope that this work can go to better informing and predicting the impacts that wildfires can have on the environment and human health.  Outside of the lab, I enjoy playing soccer, bouldering, and hiking around Boulder whenever I get the chance.

About the Air and Waste Management Association

The Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that enhances knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for information exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education, and outreach to more than 5,000 environmental professionals in 65 countries. A&WMA promotes global environmental responsibility and increases the effectiveness of organizations to make critical decisions that benefit society.


Award winners will be requested to participate as student liaisons with the Rocky Mountain States Section of the Air and Waste Management Association (RMSS-AWMA). Activities may include lunch meeting speaker, planning committee for regional air quality conference, or in another capacity.

Up to four students will each be awarded between $2,000 – $4,000. Final scholarship awards and amounts will be based on a merit-based system to the top students as judged by an independent review panel. A 1-year student A&WMA membership will be reimbursed per awardee who joins A&WMA. 


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