The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces that 53 high school students have been selected as 2019 state winners of the US Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the nation’s most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. The students, representing 45 states and Puerto Rico, will compete in the national finals June 15 in Columbus, OH, at the Ohio State University. The winner will receive $10,000 (USD) and an all-expenses-paid trip to Stockholm to represent the United States at the international competition during World Water Week, August 24-30.
The Stockholm Junior Water Prize aims to increase students’ interest in water issues, research and careers, as well as to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects focused on improving water quality, water resource management, water protection, drinking water and wastewater treatment.
In the US, WEF and its member associations organize the regional, state and national competitions with support from Xylem Inc., who also sponsors the international competition. The $1,000 Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award, also sponsored by Xylem Inc., will be awarded to the state winner who demonstrates a passion for education, spirit of creativity and innovation. In addition, one project will be chosen for WEF’s James L. Condon Recognition for Environmental Stewardship.