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Sara Atwood, a student at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Environmental Resources Training Center, received the Sylvanus Jackson Memorial Scholarship Award at the Illinois Water Environment Association Awards spring banquet in Springfield.

atwood saraThe scholarship was established to assist professionals in furthering their education and training in the field of water pollution prevention and control. The fund was created in memory of Sylvanus Jackson, supervisor of the Rock Island Treatment Plant, who passed away due to a work-related incident.

“The ERTC helped me pursue a career with more possibilities than I have ever imagined,” said Atwood. “I wanted to pursue a job that offers advancement. This internship has shown me that with experience and hard work, I can move up in a company.”

Also at the event, ERTC student Chris Schwent, of Edwardsville, won the quiz event of the Illinois Association of Water Pollution Control Operators Challenge. Schwent, who is in the ERTC’s Water Quality Control Operations Program, competed against 28 wastewater operators and engineers from Illinois.

The ERTC’s Rick Lallish, program director of Water Pollution Control, was named the new IAWPCO president during the annual conference. Read more about Lallish in SIUE News.

PHOTO: Sara Atwood, SIUE Environmental Resources Training Center student, is awarded the Sylvanus Jackson Memorial Scholarship Award.