The Water Leadership Institute program is aimed at educating, training, and providing opportunities that enable developing and emerging leaders to build strong lasting relationships within the water industry. This intensive program allows participants the opportunity to engage in management training, and leadership development through a blended learning approach that includes the examination of complex challenges facing the water and wastewater industries and networking with public and private sector practitioners. Participants will build skills and knowledge needed to effect change within their organizations. Participation in this program is determined by a competitive application process.  The 2019 application will be available November 1, 2018.


In October 2017, the WEF Board created the George S. Hawkins Scholarship for the WEF Water Leadership Institute.  We will offer this scholarship for the 2019 WLI as well.
The scholarship will be given annually to one participant in the Water Leadership Institute and highlights George’s commitment to developing future water sector leaders. Each applicant will be considered for the scholarship which will cover the program’s tuition.
The WEF Board has approved additional funds which will allow us to offer additional scholarships this year. These scholarships can be partial or full and are need based. Funds will be allocated after the participants have been accepted to the program. The total amount of funds available is a max of 6 full scholarships.  All scholarships can be applied for via the application to the WLI.
Cropped WLI 182018 Water Leadership Institute Graduates at WEFTEC 2018 in New Orleans


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