Scholarship Programs


Scholarships Offered by the Gold Rush Chapter


The Charles Benson Scholarship

The Charles Benson Scholarship Program is administered by the Gold Rush Chapter and is named after the long-time chairman of the Monterey Regional Waste Management District, who has been a strong supporter of SWANA.

The Arnold "Duffy" Thompson Scholarship

The Arnold "Duffy" Thompson Scholarship Program administered by the Gold Rush Chapter and honors the man who dedicated countless hours to supporting the Gold Rush Chapter at numerous regional and national SWANA events.


Both the Charles Benson and Arnold "Duffy" Thompson Scholarships are open to the children and grandchildren (including adopted children and stepchildren) of a Member (Sponsor) in good standing of the Gold Rush Chapter.

Additionally, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Graduating high school senior or graduate equivalent certified candidate who has been accepted for full-time enrollment in a junior college, four-year college, or university.
  • Currently enrolled full-time college or university student
  • Full-time student entering or in graduate school

Applicants selected by the SWANA International Scholarship Committee for the Grant H. Flint Scholarship Awards Program will not be eligible for the Charles Benson/Arnold "Duffy" Thompson Scholarship Programs.

The maximum individual award for the Charles Benson and Arnold "Duffy" Thompson Scholarship Programs ranges from $500 to $1500.


Scholarships Offered by SWANA International


Grant H. Flint International Scholarship Awards

The Grant H. Flint International Scholarship Awards Program is administered by SWANA International and is named for the individual in southern California who was one of the driving forces in the formation of SWANA.

The Scholarship Awards Program is open to sons, daughters, grandsons, or granddaughters of a Member (Sponsor) in good standing as of May 1st each year.

There are three award categories:

Category I

Graduating high school seniors or graduate equivalent certified candidates who have been accepted for enrollment in a junior college, a four-year college, or a university program.

Category II

Currently enrolled full-time college or university students who are entering their junior or senior undergraduate year and pursuing a degree in environmental science, engineering, or other suitable major related to the field of solid waste management.

The Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Award

Full-time students who are entering or are in graduate school pursuing a degree in environmental science, engineering, or other suitable major related to the field of solid waste management.

A total of $20,000 will be awarded in 2013 in Categories I and II; number and amounts of each award to be determined by the Scholarship Committee.

One award in the amount of $5,000 will be awarded in The Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Award category.