American Water Announces $1 Million Commitment to Students Continuing Education through a New Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Program

American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced today a $1 million commitment over four years to underserved and underrepresented students continuing education through a new Inclusion and Diversity (“I&D”) Scholarship Program.

“American Water is proud to offer the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Program, providing equitable opportunities for students across American Water’s national footprint to continue their education,” said Melanie Kennedy, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, American Water.  “This scholarship program will support our future leaders of tomorrow and strengthens our continued commitment to be a more inclusive, diverse and equitable company.”

In 2023, American Water will provide a combined total of $100,000 to 10 students planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study, pursuing a certificate or degree in a non-medical STEM or business-related field, through the I&D Scholarship Program.  The scholarship program will be offered annually to eligible students through 2026, totaling over $1 million in awards.  Scholarship recipients who meet eligibility criteria will have the ability to renew their award up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned.

The I&D Scholarship Program will be administered through a partnership with Scholarship America®, the nation’s leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization.

Learn more about American Water’s I&D Scholarship Program, eligibility and deadlines here.

About Scholarship America

Scholarship America is a nonprofit organization that helps students fulfill their college dreams. Since it was founded in 1958, Scholarship America has distributed $4.9 billion to 2.9 million students, making it the nation’s largest private scholarship provider. The organization runs its own national and community-based scholarship programs, and works with partners wishing to establish scholarship and support programs to lower barriers to a college education and give students the support needed to succeed. Learn more at

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE:AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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