Annual Education Grant Award

High school and college students, studying full time, living within the district’s boundaries pursuing a degree related to, or identified with water, are invited to apply for our annual education grant.
Apply for the 2017-2018 Education Grant Award Program!

Grant Application
Grant Guidelines 

The grant application cycle is open January 1 and applications are due by April 30 each year.
You can look at our service area map to determine whether you reside within the district's boundaries.

​2016-17 Grant Recipients

Gaby Cantú


Andrew Chambers


Ruben Valdez

A junior at Brown University, Gaby is pursuing Environmental Engineering with a minor in geology. We’ve been honored to have her as a LINK Scholar here this summer. She was awarded a grant from Brown University to assist the Community Programs Department with its K-12 programming and digital media. To echo one of Gaby’s mentors, “Gaby is the perfect example of someone who achieves their goals through hard work, discipline, and dedication.” As a mentor for multiple STEM afterschool and undergraduate programs, Gaby has been spreading the message of conservation and environmental science both here in Montclair and over in Rhode Island. Her ability to communicate the complexities of groundwater and water infrastructure to a wide range of audiences will be a huge asset for the future of water resources. 

Andrew Chambers comes to us from Mt. San Antonio College, though soon to be Humboldt State University, where he is pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science. Throughout his work at the California Conservation Corps, Mt. SAC, and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Andrew’s supervisors have the following to say about him: Andrew has “Demonstrated an unparalleled compassion and desire to learn anything and everything about conservation and the environment”, he “lives and breathes conservation, wise use of water, and sustainable living,”, and “Andrew will serve our industry as a true water conservation professional for many years to come”. After meeting with Andrew during our interview, we have no doubt that these statements are true!


Jocelyn Vennat

Ruben is currently pursuing a degree in Public Administration from California State University San Bernardino, while balancing a full time job in the City of Chino’s Public Works Department where Ruben works to reduce storm water runoff, improve water quality, and increase percolation to the Chino Groundwater Basin! Ruben has lived and breathed water conservation and drought tolerant plant material from a young age, growing up exploring his dad’s plant nursery. He is poised to become a leader in storm water management in our region – as one of his supervisors has stated, “Ruben is loaded with integrity, and exhibits a passion for his work and the environment that has proven to be contagious amongst his staff and colleagues” and he is relied upon for his local knowledge and ability to communicate the complexities of various storm water permits and ordinances.


Eileen Williams 


Jocelyn Vennat is a student at Cal Poly Pomona and is pursuing a Civil Engineering Degree. From tending to a small scale aquaponics system at her home to interning at Santa Ana’s Public Works to tackling the challenges of the engineering classes, Jocelyn is building the skills necessary to take on southern California’s water scarcity issues in a big way. As one of her mentors stated, “I still remember the impassioned essay she wrote as a high school students for admission…. regarding the availability of fresh water, a concern for both developed and developing countries. At a very young age, she displayed an awareness and a willingness to apply herself and her talents to public works issues.” As Jocelyn continues to build her skills as an engineer, there’s no doubt that she’ll be a part of the solution to improve the sustainable management of water resources. 

Eileen Williams, a recent graduate from Chino High School, will be attending UC Berkeley this fall to pursue a degree in Molecular Environmental Biology. Eileen has demonstrated commitment to water conservation by mobilizing a team to start a school garden and a Project Earth Club at her high school.  As stated by one of her teachers, “Eileen was committed to bringing this area to life through drought tolerant plants…One of my best conversations with Eileen was one where I learned about the Chino Basin. I have been a resident of the Chino Valley for 20 years and yet was ignorant about the Conservation District. And as a result of this conversation, I brought 27 of my senior students on a recent field trip to the basin. It was a great experience and source of new information for all of us. Eileen’s passion towards water conservation and sustaining communities makes her a great teacher, leader, peer and activist”. With this much initiative and drive at age 17, we’re looking forward to seeing what else Eileen can do! 

Examples of Past Grant Recipients

Our past grant recipients have majored in diverse fields, including:
  • Agronomy
  • Applied Math
  • B.S. Civil Engeering
  • Bachelors of Science Environmental Engineering
  • Biology
  • BSLA in Landscape Archecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, concentrating in Water Resources
  • Community & Regional Development
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Environmental Civil Engineer specializing in Water Resources
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Resources Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Horticulture
  • Horticulture & Sustainability
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Irrigation Science
  • Liberal Studies
  • Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Ornamental Horticulture 
  • Ph.D. in Microbiology
  • Plant Science--Turfgrass Management
  • Plant Science--Irrigation
  • Urban and Environmental Policy
  • Water & Waste Treatment
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