The Harrington/Arthur Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by National ABPA, which awards a $1,000 scholarship to the winner of their annual essay competition. This scholarship is an annual event that involves a new topic each year, usually announced in May, with entries due by midnight of January 1st the following year. Entries must use the official entry form found at: http://www.abpa.org. Select "Committees" from the left hand menu, "Public Awareness and Education", then "Scholarship".
In 2014, the Oregon Chapter of ABPA contributed funding for an additional $1,000.00 scholarship designated to be awarded to an Oregon resident student winner of the ABPA annual essay competition. This Oregon scholarship funding is in addition to the national ABPA scholarship competition. The same essay rules and same topic apply to Oregon resident students as in the national competition. A panel of judges, selected by the ABPA Board of Directors, will review Oregon entries and select the author of the winning essay that meets the official rules and content such as entries that contain; full answer of the topic and question, accuracy, citing sources appropriately, creativity, feasibility, vision, spelling, grammar and the impact of the content.
The Oregon Chapter of ABPA will fund this Oregon resident student winning scholarship for at least four years and will most likely continue funding beyond that commitment.
The ABPA scholarship competition was established to reward students that seek to increase their knowledge and understanding of how Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention help ensure safe drinking water. Backflow Prevention is designed to prevent dangerous - and sometimes fatal - bacteria, chemicals and other harmful agents from entering the local water supply systems. Backflow Prevention programs are essential to ensure that the water that reaches your home, school or place of business is as safe and pure as it was when it left the water treatment plant.
The ABPA's focus is to have a public educated in the value and need for active local backflow prevention programs. Our goal is safe drinking water. The ABPA organization works to build a greater public awareness of Backflow Prevention as one component of safe drinking water.