May 23, 2011

WEF Member Associations Select Students for U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Winner will compete in international competition in Sweden during World Water Week

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the 2011 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP). WEF Member Associations selected and will sponsor state winners and their science teachers to attend the national competition, hosted by the Illinois Water Environment Assn., June 23 to 25 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

The purpose of the SJWP program is to increase students’ interest in water-related issues and research and to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, water protection and water and wastewater treatment.

“WEF congratulates all our talented state winners and wishes them the best of luck at the national competition next month,” said WEF President Jeanette Brown. “We also greatly appreciate the support and commitment of our Member Associations, which make this program so successful.”

The U.S. winner will receive $3,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, for the international competition, as well as the opportunity to present research to water quality experts at WEFTEC 2011 this October in Los Angeles. In addition, the U.S. winner’s school will receive $1,000 toward enhancing science education and up to three finalists will receive $1,000 each.

WEF also announced the new Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award, sponsored by ITT Corp., a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to the SJWP state winner who demonstrates a passion for education, spirit of creativity and innovation. WEF also welcomed the U.S. Virgin Islands sponsored by the Virgin Islands Water and Power Assn. as a new participant in the program.

In the United States, WEF and its Member Associations organize the national, state, and regional SJWP competitions with support from ITT Corp. (also the international sponsor), the Coca-Cola Co. and Delta Air Lines.

The national winner will represent the U.S. at the international competition in Stockholm during World Water Week, August 21 to 27. The international winner will receive $5,000 presented during a royal ceremony by the prize’s Patron HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.