Water District Accepting Applications for $2,000 James B. Kohnen Scholarship

The deadline for students to apply is April 30.

Pat and Jim Kohnen. Patch photo archive.
Pat and Jim Kohnen. Patch photo archive.

The Dublin San Ramon Services District is offering a $2,000 James B. Kohnen Scholarship for seniors about to graduate. 

In 2013, Justin Salomon Tran, a graduating senior at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, was awarded the scholarship. Read on to find out if your student is eligible to apply.

Information submitted by the Dublin San Ramon Services District—

Graduating high school seniors, living in and attending high school in the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) service area, have until April 30 to apply for the $2,000 James B. Kohnen Scholarship. 

To be eligible, a student must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better and plan to attend a California public college full-time in the fall of 2014. 

Applicants also must be planning to study a field related to water resources such as water/wastewater technician, engineering, chemistry, agricultural or urban water supply, environmental studies, or public administration associated with resources management.

The application and additional information can be found on the DSRSD website at http://www.dsrsd.com/Education/kohnenscholarship.html. Students must submit the following materials with the application: two letters of recommendation on official school or business letterhead; an official sealed high school transcript, through December of 2013 (the student’s senior year); and a 500-word essay describing why the student intends to study a field related to water. The application and associated materials should be submitted to the DSRSD/Kohnen Scholarship Program, 7051 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568.

About James B. Kohnen

The scholarship honors former DSRSD Director James B. Kohnen, who was elected to DSRSD’s Board of Directors in 1992. During his eight-year tenure, Kohnen was instrumental in many of the District’s key achievements: developing water service for the Dougherty Valley; bringing recycled water to the Tri-Valley; expanding water, wastewater, and recycled water services to east Dublin; expanding the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility; and expanding the Livermore-Amador Valley Water Management Agency pipeline that transports treated wastewater to the San Francisco Bay.

Kohnen was a lifelong learner, earning two bachelor degrees, two master’s degrees, and a doctorate. He also taught at San Leandro High School, the University of Phoenix, and St. Mary’s College.

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