The Groundwater Resources Association’s Scholastic Fund Program benefits regional academic groundwater programs and their students through scholarships, travel to and attendance at GRA conferences, and departments involved in California groundwater research. Much of the support has been received through sponsors at GRA Branch events. The GRA membership also contributes to the GRA Scholastic Fund Program as part of GRA’s annual membership drive. Since the program inception, GRA members and Branch sponsors have contributed over $30,000 to the educational needs of California’s groundwater students.
In 2010, GRA and the Water Education Foundation joined to form the GRA-Water Education Foundation Scholastic Fund Program. The Program continues GRA’s longstanding Scholastic Fund Program, and it allows GRA to expand the Program with leadership from GRA’s Branches and GRA’s Education Committee. Contributions to the Program are considered a charitable contribution (to the extent provided by law) since the Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit, charitable organization.
The new partnership commenced with a generous challenge contribution from Steve Zigan, President and founder of Environmental Resolutions, Inc. ERI recently merged to form Cardno ERI. Mr. Zigan is a frequent participant at GRA Southern Branch meetings and has contributed to the GRA scholarship fund previously. His challenge initiated the Fund receiving a greater number of contributions than usual.
Past recipient programs have benefited students at the University of California, Berkeley, California State University, Fullerton and California State University, Sacramento.
Considering the important role that groundwater plays in California’s overall water resources management, it is vital that GRA continue to invest meaningfully in education and students who strive to “protect and improve groundwater supply and quality.” Through the GRA-WEF Scholastic Fund Program, you can invest meaningfully, too.
For additional information about the GRA-Water Education Foundation Scholastic Fund Program, please contact Dr. Thomas Harter, GRA Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Erck, GRA Administrative Director at serck@GRAC.org.
To donate to the program, please contact Sarah or send a check to GRA, 700 R Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95811.