Essay Contest 

The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) helps provide safe access to clean water and sanitation systems. How would you promote the IWSH projects and what slogan would you use do to so?

To acquaint the uninitiated with the crucial importance the plumbing industry plays in our everyday lives. To introduce students to the global impact of IWSH projects. 

Must be a current high school senior; or enrolled or accepted as a full-time (12 credit hours) student in an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university, or an apprentice program.


  1. The deadline for essay submissions is 11:59pm (PT) on May 1, 2017.
  2. Students must provide a copy of their full time schedule to confirm eligibility.
  3. Essays must be written on the topic noted above, and must be an original essay.
  4. One essay per student.
  5. Essays should be no fewer than 800 words and no more than 1,600 words.
  6. Essays must be typewritten, double-spaced.  All citations to factual data should be noted in the footnote or in a References page.
  7. Cover page should include student’s name, address, phone number and email.
  8. Any essay that is submitted and is missing some or all of these requirements will be disqualified.
  9. Essays must be submitted via email to; via fax to 909-472-4241; or mail to:

International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation
Attn: Leticia Gallegos, Essay Contest
4755 E. Philadelphia Street
Ontario, CA 91761

The Sandra Imprescia Essay Scholarship Committee will review essays to determine the top three.  IWSH’s Board of Directors will select and announce essay contest winners by August 2017.  Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First Place – one winner

  • $1,000
  • Publication of essay in Official and at IWSH web site
  • One year IAPMO student membership

Second Place – one winner

  • $750
  • Publication of essay in Official and at IWSH web site
Third Place – one winner
  • $500
  • Publication of essay in Official and at IWSH web site

Winners of the 2016 scholarship essay contest

Topic: IAPMO has been in existence since 1926. Of all the IAPMO Group's core competencies, which division do you feel is making the greatest impact today?

First Place
David Barry - Georgia Gwinnett College, Cumming, GA
Second Place
Noah Ramsey - DuPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY
Third Place
Julie Slama - Yale University, Peru, NE

Winners of the 2015 scholarship essay contest

Topic: What role can IAPMO play in helping the plumbing industry develop new sources of potable water?

First Place
Justine Martinez - California State University, Los Angeles
Second Place
Annaly Kramer - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Third Place
Shantell Robinson - Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK