2013 Scholarship Winners Announced
PWQA 2013 Scholarship
Johan Eide recipient of the Major Related to Potable Water Scholarship
Johan Eide is a graduating senior at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa and the recipient of the PWQA 2013 Major of Study Related to Potable Water Quality Scholarship. He has plans to attend Cal Poly, SLO in the fall and major in Bio Resource and Agricultural Engineering.
Johan is a scholar athlete playing Basketball, Football and four year Varsity Lacrosse player. An honor roll student that has taken a rigorous college prep curriculum. He has been involved in community service, his church youth group and mission trips. Johans hobbies include film makings, hunting, fishing and mountain biking. Johan worked the summer of 2012 at Chenoweth Vineyards, where his boss reports he proved to be a hard worker, reliable and a quick learner. He has good communication skills, is intelligent and committed to a job well done.
For his high school senior project Johan and his best friend Simon Bell set out to plan, fundraise and build a soccer field for Redwood Covenant Church in Santa Rosa. They met with companies all over Sonoma County about irrigation, grading, electricity, soil amendment and city/county permits. They arranged to have a well dug at cost and the above ground portion donated. They designed a high tech irrigation system that adjusts itself with the weather and it has the ability to send an email or text to when a sprinkler breaks or a pipe bursts. They put a bio swale in on the extra section of land to fulfill the needs in dirt for grading and in an effort to sink, spread and slow the drainage water from the field back into the ground.
PWQA 2013 Scholarship
Yosuke Yamada recipient of the Member Company Sponsorship
Yosuke Yamada is a graduate student at Cal State Northridge majoring in Environmental and Occupational Health. He started working at Puroserve Water Systems; building, installing and servicing Puroserve Reverse Osmosis systems as an unpaid intern fulfilling a curriculum requirement for his graduate studies. As a result of his hard work and capability, he was offered a part time paid position to stay on with Puroserve. Management at Puroserve reports that Yosuke is a very motivated and capable individual who loves to learn. He is always the first to volunteer for any job. He is an excellent employee who sets a great example for others.
His interest in water quality as it relates to public health is borne mostly from his first hand view of air and water pollution in his native Japan. Yosuke is also a former professional motorcycle racer. He decided that a career in public health is probably better for his personal health after not one, but two horrible race crashes. He is very proud to be receiving his Masters degree this May and looks forward to a career in the water quality side of the public health field.