Environmental engineering student receives AWWA scholarship

Alexandra Leader's scholarship is given to support the development of professionals interested in service to the water industry.

Published April 30, 2015

Alexandra Leader, an undergraduate environmental engineering student, has been awarded the 2015 Neptune Technology Group Scholarship from the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

The $5,000 scholarship is funded by Neptune Technology Group Inc. to support the development of professionals interested in service to the water industry. Leader, a junior, has been invited to attend the AWWA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California on June 7-10, 2015, where the organization’s scholarship recipients will be formally recognized.

Leader is a member of the University Honors College and participates in Engineers for a Sustainable World, a club that works to improve the quality of life on Earth through active example and lessen the harmful impact of humanity on the environment. She also interns with the UB Office of Sustainability, promoting sustainability around campus through recycling and energy conservation programs.

“I grew up in a very environmentally conscious family and have always been a very outdoorsy person,” Leader said. “I think when you're constantly outside surrounded by the environment it reminds you that it's something you want to take care of and protect. I decided on the engineering aspect in my senior year of high school so that I would be able to apply what I learned to benefit the environment.”