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ASFPM Foundation Future Leaders Scholarship 

The ASFPM Foundation Future Leaders Scholarship is awarded every other year to a deserving college student entering their junior year of undergraduate studies or the last two years of a 5-year or dual degree undergraduate program. The Future Leaders Scholarship is intended to advance flood risk management research and practice. The ASFPM Foundation has established eligibility criteria, and along with a demonstration of financial need, the student must be pursuing a course of study related to the missions of the ASFPM and ASFPM Foundation. Also, after graduation the student must plan to work in a profession that directly, or indirectly, supports the field of flood risk management.

Purpose of the ASFPM Foundation Future Leaders ScholarshipThe scholarship is envisioned as an additional means for the ASFPM Foundation to advance flood-risk management research and practice. It will be awarded to a deserving college student who plans to work after graduation in a profession that directly, or indirectly, supports the field of flood risk management. The selected scholar will receive direct financial assistance, mentoring and support finding a paid summer internship in a relevant professional setting.

Duration of Scholarship: The scholarship is awarded for up to a two-year duration and will be awarded to a rising junior in a 4-year undergraduate degree program or a student entering the last two years of a 5-year or dual degree undergraduate program.

Amount of Scholarship and What It Covers: The scholarship will be in the amount of up to $25,000 per year for two years. Up to $25,000 per year will be paid directly to the scholarship recipient’s college or university for tuition. Funds remaining after tuition payment may be used for other educational expenses, room and board in a college dormitory, or an equivalent stipend if living off campus.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

The applicant must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or have U.S. permanent resident alien status;
  • a rising junior in college and have a cumulative, minimum GPA of 2.5 (or equivalent) at the completion of the fall semester prior to application;
  • attending an accredited public or private college or university in the United States or its territories; and
  • pursuing a course of study related to the missions of the ASFPM and ASFPM Foundation, which entail flood-risk management or any of its related components.

In order to maintain the scholarship in the second year, the recipient must remain in good academic standing at the end of the first year with the college or university and carry a full academic load, sufficient to graduate from college at the conclusion of the two-year scholarship.

In addition, because mentorship and working in a field related to flood-risk management are important components of being an ASFPM Foundation Future Leaders scholar, the scholarship recipient will be strongly encouraged to complete a paid summer internship between the first and second year with an ASFPM corporate, government or NGO partner. ASFPM and ASFPM Foundation will assist the scholar in securing a suitable paid internship.

Additional Selection Criteria:

  • Employment history, including paid and unpaid internships.
  • Awards, achievements and honors.
  • Relevant volunteer activities and hobbies.
  • Cumulative GPA at the completion of the fall college semester prior to application.
  • A short, original essay explaining why the applicant became interested in the field of flood-risk management; how completed and planned coursework and work experience will prepare the applicant for a career in the field; and how they can contribute and make a difference.
  • Two, short letters of reference: one from a college professor or past/current employer, and one non-academic/professional reference who is not a family member and can attest to the good character of the applicant.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated financial need.
  • Desire and willingness to participate in ASFPM activities at the state and national levels, e.g., attend annual conferences and participate in relevant professional committees within ASFPM.

Application and Selection Process:

  • Applicants must complete an online application and provide all required attachments. A printable copy of the 2018 application (for informational purposes only) is available here.
  • A complete online application and all required attachments for the ASFPM Foundation Future Leaders Scholarship must be received by the application deadline.
  • The highest-ranking candidates, as determined by the selection committee, will be interviewed in person or via video.
  • The selected ASFPM Foundation Future Leader Scholar will be announced by the end of April in the application year, with concurrent notifications to non-selected applicants.

Required Attachments:

The following attachments are required with the online application:

  1. Proof of Citizenship Status
  2. Transcript of cumulative GPA from the fall semester prior to application (2.5 or above)
  3. Resume or employment history
  4. Awards, achievements, and/or honors
  5. Essay* (1-page about your interest in the field of flood risk management)
  6. Letter of Reference - Academic/Professional
  7. Letter of Reference - Character

* Applicants are to provide a short (750 words) original essay explaining your interest in flood risk management, how you plan and complete coursework and work experience to prepare for a career in the field, and how you can contribute and make a difference. Include willingness to participate in ASFPM activities at state and national levels, e.g. attend annual national conference, participate on ASFPM policy committees, join state chapter, etc.


For More Information:

Questions on the ASFPM Foundation Future Leaders Scholarship may be directed to gigi@floods.org and will usually be answered within 48 hours. 

To learn more about the ASFPM Foundation visit asfpmfoundation.org and to learn more about the ASFPM visit floods.org





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