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National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation awards $17,500 in scholarships

National Ground Water

The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) has awarded a total of $17,500 to 10 students from its Len Assante Scholarship Fund, Foundation Chair John W. Henrich, MGWC, announced today.

Taylor Dahike of Walnut Creek, California, and Mitchell Olds of Kimberly, Wisconsin, are corecipients of the Past President’s Award, the top scholarship presented to the most qualified of the applicants. Both are studying hydrogeology — Dahike at the University of California, Berkeley, and Olds at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Each received $2,500.

The other recipients are:

  • Aana Taylor-Smith of Greensboro, North Carolina; $2,500 for the Ora Lyons Scholarship named in honor of a former distinguished National Ground Water Association member. She attends the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, studying environmental science.
  • Alejandra Contreras Nava of Thornton, Colorado; $2,000. Contreras Nava attends Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, Colorado, studying environmental science.
  • Andrew Karleigh of West Bend, Wisconsin; $2,000. Karleigh attends the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, studying environmental science.
  • Audrey Mohr of New Ulm, Minnesota; $2,000. Mohr attends the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, studying hydrogeology.
  • David Aguinaga of Garland, Texas; $1,000. Aguinaga  attends the University of Texas, Dallas, studying environmental science, geology, and hydrogeology.
  • Simarjit Chehal of Bakersfield, California; $1,000. Chehal attends California State University, Bakersfield, studying environmental science and geology.
  • Richard Gurevich of San Diego, California; $1,000. Gurevich attends Cuyamaca College in San Diego studying microbiology.
  • William Mackebee of Knoxville, Tennessee; $1,000. Mackebee attends Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, studying environmental science.
  • This marks the 33nd year in which scholarship awards have been made. Since its inception, the scholarship program has supported nearly 200 students in their pursuit of education.

For more information on the scholarship fund, contact Rachel Jones at

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