Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association
Leo Bourassa Scholarship Announcement

The mission of the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association is to promote and educate the public on good lake and watershed management, encourage sustainable storm water management practices and protect the welfare of lakes and other water resources within the Commonwealth. To help further our mission, we would like to award scholarships to support and acknowledge deserving students who are studying in fields related to water resources. In the past, the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association has annually awarded from two to four scholarships ranging in value from $3,000 to $1,000 each.

VLWA awarded four undergraduate scholarships in the amounts of $3000, $2000, $1000, and $500 and three graduate scholarships in the amounts of $3000, $2000, and $700 in 2018. The scholarships were applied to the recipient's tuition and fees and the scholarship recipients are as follows:

Undergraduate VLWA Scholarship Recipients
• Sarah Shay was awarded a $3,000 scholarship. She is a senior studying civil, environmental, and infrastructure engineering at George Mason University.
• Courtney Roark was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. She is a senior studying environmental sciences and archaeology at the University of Virginia.
• Alexa Maione was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. She is a junior studying water resources policy and management at Virginia Tech.
• Seth Hatfield was awarded a $500 scholarship. He is a sophomore studying environmental science at Lord Fairfax Community College.

Graduate VLWA Scholarship Recipients
• Amber Leasure-Earnhardt was awarded a $3,000 scholarship. She is studying for a juris doctor in law at the College of William and Mary.
• Brandon Dillon was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. He is studying for a doctoral degree in civil engineering at Virginia Tech.
• Nasrin Alamdari was awarded a $700 scholarship. She finished her doctoral degree in biological systems engineering from Virginia Tech in Summer, 2018.

Application(pdf)  Application(doc)


The applicant must:

1. Be a student in good standing at any Virginia accredited college or university and a resident of Virginia at the time of application and at the time of award; and

2. Have successfully completed, or will complete by the award date, at least two semesters of undergraduate study; and

3. Be a full-time undergraduate, full-time graduate student, or a part-time graduate student enrolled in a curriculum related to water resources including but not limited to: biology, conservation, ecology, engineering, environmental science, geology, hydrology, limnology, stormwater management, water quality, or wildlife studies.  Other areas related to water resources may also qualify.

Past scholarship recipients are allowed to reapply.


The scholarship award funds will be presented in a check written to the college or university each recipient is currently attending and can only be applied towards tuition or fees.


The scholarship recipient will be selected on the basis of academic performance, contribution to the field of water resources, and related extracurricular activities. The Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association intends to award a minimum of one scholarship to an undergraduate student and one scholarship to a graduate student. More scholarships may be awarded based on the number and quality of applicants.


Please email Shelly Frie at or call at (757) 671-6222 if you have any questions regarding the scholarship application process.