The Gus VonBodungen Award is given to the top LA Section scholarship applicant annually. Gus was the long time Assistant Secretary of Air Quality at LDEQ. His life-long goal was to see the Baton Rouge area come into compliance with the ozone ambient air quality standard. Unfortunately he passed away before seeing that goal met. He kept a telescope in his office downtown – which faced north – so he could keep an eye on the plants in north Baton Rouge! He was a big supporter of the Louisiana Section of A&WMA and was always ready to speak at meetings. After his untimely death, the Louisiana Section named a college scholarship after him to celebrate his life’s work in improving the environment in Louisiana.
The Gus VonBodungen Award is given annually in the amount of $5,000 (1 recipient). In addition, the LA Section offers additional scholarships ranging from $1000 – $5000 for up to 3 additional applicants. The award also includes a one year student membership in the Air & Waste Management Association. The 2022 Scholarship opportunity window has closed. All entries were due by July 8, 2022.
Eligibility: Individuals must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible for award consideration:
- Must be a full time student during the year of the scholarship award attending a college or university or law school located within the geographical region of the section, Louisiana and the Sabine River Region of Eastern Texas.
- Must be at least a Junior and no higher than Master’s level graduate student during the year of the scholarship award.
- Must have at least two semesters (or three quarters) of schooling remaining at the time of the award.
- Must be pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree with the major in engineering, physical or natural science, or public health. Students pursuing a law degree are eligible.
Note: Doctoral candidates are not eligible. Those pursuing a degree in computer science are not eligible.
- Must show through course work, projects, personal interest, etc., a desire to promote air pollution control and/or solid or hazardous waste management.
- Must have at least an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher on a scale of 4.00 including all coursework through the last completed semester.
- Must be interviewed by Louisiana Section representatives. The interview will be scheduled by the Section after the application deadline.
- The winning applicant should attend the Louisiana Section meeting in September to receive the scholarship award.
The Louisiana Section of the Air & Waste Management Association is proud to announce we awarded a combined total of $12,000 to the 2021 recipients! Congratulations to every winner for your hard work in the environmental sciences. The award also includes a one-year student membership in the Air & Waste Management Association.
2021 Scholarship Winners
- Anna Katherine Parker – Undergraduate in Environmental Engineering at LSU
- Kenneth A. Despain, Jr. – Undergraduate in Environmental Science at ULL
- Seija Meaux – Undergraduate in Geology and Climatology at LSU
2019 Scholarship Winners
- Mae Anne Mangaoil $5,000 – Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering at LSU
- Benjamin Wolf $5,000 – Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering at LSU
2018 Scholarship Winners
- Morgan Lauck $5,000 – Undergraduate at LSU
- Colleen Slade $3,000 – Undergraduate at LSU
- Nayara de Souza $2,000 – Undergraduate at UNO