IWSH Essay Scholarship Contest 2019 ($1,000 prize)

IWSH Essay Scholarship Contest 2019 ($1,000 prize)

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Applications are invited for the IWSH Essay Scholarship Contest 2019. The purpose of the contest is to acquaint the uninitiated with the crucial importance the plumbing industry plays in our everyday lives and to introduce students to the global impact of IWSH projects.

The topic for the 2019 IWSH Essay Scholarship Contest is “What can IWSH do to improve sanitation and clean water for those who lack access to a plumbing system?”


The Sandra Imprescia Essay Scholarship Committee will review essays to determine the top three. IWSH’s Board of Trustees will select and announce essay contest winners by August 31, 2019. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • First Place – One winner
    • $1,000
    • Publication of essay in Official and at IWSH web site
    • One year IAPMO student membership
  • Second Place – One winner
    • $750
    • Publication of essay in Official and at IWSH web site
  • Third Place – One winner
    • $500
    • Publication of essay in Official and at IWSH web site


  • Applicants must be a current high school senior; or enrolled or accepted as a full-time (12 credit hours) student in an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university, or an apprentice program;
  • International students are eligible. Please submit proper school documentation with the essay;
  • Students must provide a copy of their current full-time schedule, school transcripts, or acceptance letter with their submission.

General Rules and Requirement

  • Each submission must include a cover page containing the student’s name, address, phone number, and email. Organizers must be able to contact you, if they have any questions or comments regarding your entry.
  • Essays must be written on the topic noted above, and must be an original essay.
  • One essay per student.
  • Essays should be no fewer than 800 words and no more than 1,600 words. The essay cover page, added footnotes, references or citation page does not contribute to the word count.
  • Entries must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman or an equivalent font with a one-inch margin on all sides of the page. Standards of content and style from MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th ed., will be expected for:
    • Documentation of sources in the text of your essay;
    • The format of the list of works cited;
    • Margins and indentation; and,
    • Bibliography.
  • Essays MUST be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. Essays submitted in any other format will not be considered.


Essays must be submitted via email to [email protected]; via fax to 909-472-4241; or USPS to:

International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation
Attn: Leticia Gallegos, Essay Contest
4755 E. Philadelphia Street
Ontario, CA 91761

For more information, visit IWSH Essay Scholarship Contest.