Scholarships

The 2017 NC SWANA Ray Church Memorial Scholarship Program

The North Carolina SWANA Chapter is pleased to support the educational efforts of our members and their immediate family through the annual Ray Church Memorial Scholarship Program1. The Ray Church Memorial Scholarship utilizes the SWANA International Scholarship Program format in selecting 1st, 2nd and 3rd place recipients (Application link will be available soon).  Overall Chapter awards will be recognized as follows:

  • 1st Place – $3,000.00
  • 2nd Place – $2,000.00
  • 3rd Place – $1,000.00


Candidates must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • 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 (any program).
  • 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.
  • 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.


Eligible candidates must also be son(s), daughter(s), grandson(s), or granddaughter(s) of a member in good membership standing at the time of the recommendation, selection, and award. A complete list of all required information is provided within the application.  Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to follow all application requirements and ensure that a complete application and all back-up documentation is sent to the NC SWANA Chapter Facilitator at the following address:

Chris Stahl                                                                                                                                                                                             President, NC SWANA                                                                                                                                                                                 109 Sierra Drive                                                                                                                                                                                            Franklin, NC 28734                                                                                                                                                                                      president@ncswana.org

The application along with all back-up documentation must be post-marked by May 1, 2017. Late submissions, incomplete applications or improperly submitted back-up documentation will not be considered. For application, click here.

For the SWANA International Scholarship Awards Program, the NC SWANA Chapter is permitted to select up to one candidate for each award category as defined in the application (pending the receipt of sufficient qualifying applications). Direct submission of scholarship applications to SWANA will not be considered without an NC SWANA Chapter endorsement.


1Ray Church served in many capacities within the NC SWANA Chapter.  Foremost, he was one of the founding members of our organization.  Ray supported recognizing members through the scholarship program and recommended the expansion of the scholarship awards in order to broaden the financial support for these scholars.  The Board of Directors unanimously supported renaming the Chapter’s scholarship in his honor following his passing on September 25, 2006.