AWRA FLORIDA

Buddy & LAURA Blain High School Scholarship

AWRA Florida annually awards a $1,000 scholarship to a Florida High School Senior who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in academic performance and community involvement and has an intent to pursue academic studies in water resources-related fields of geology, engineering, ecology and/or marine biology at a Florida college or university. The scholarship recipient will also be awarded a student membership to AWRA Florida for the following year. The Scholarship will be awarded upon confirmation of enrollment in a Florida college or university. Applications must be received by April 15.

Lester "Buddy" Blain was born in Plant City in 1927, as a fourth generation Floridian and great-grandson of the Plant City pioneer Captain Francis William Merrin, who founded The Plant City Courier in 1884. Buddy was instrumental in the enactment of the Florida Water Resources Act and the promulgation of rules that today define and guide water management in Florida. Buddy served as a director and officer of the AWRA Florida and was a nationally recognized expert on water law and resources. Buddy died July 20, 2016.

2017 Applications are no longer being accepted.

Past Recipients

2016
Cole Kolasa - Brooksville

2015
Abby Marion - Deltona

2014
No award

2013
Ryan Herrring - Gainesville
Jake Nagle - Gainesville

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