SIUE ERTC Scholarships

ERTC Water Quality Control Operations Program

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville ( SIUE) Environmental Resource Training Center (ERTC) Water Quality Control Operations Program is a certification program that emphasizes practical training over weekly coursework, covering the theoretical aspects of drinking water and wastewater treatment. The program is presented in lecture sessions and supplemented by hands-on experience in labs and treatment shops, followed by a work-study internship at a treatment plant and water facility.

Visit the Water Quality Control Operations Program webpage or call (618)650-2214 for more information.

ERTC Scholarship Opportunity

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) and SIUE have teamed up to create scholarships for the ERTC Water Quality Control Operations Program. MSD is offering minority and female candidates two (2) $10,000 scholarships (plus a $1,000 stipend). MSD’s goal is to provide minorities and women opportunities for education, internships, and employment that promote career choices in the wastewater and stormwater treatment plant industry.

Scholarships will be applied to each recipient’s tuition and fees for enrollment in the Water Quality Control Operations Program. Scholarships will be paid in two distributions: $5,000 for the first semester and $5,000 for the second semester.

To be considered for the scholarship, interested students must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be a female or a member of an ethnic minority who has been accepted and enrolled into the ERTC program for the Fall 2024 semester.
  • Student must maintain an academic standard of 2.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) during both semesters.
  • Student cannot be an immediate family member or reside in the same household of an MSD employee.

Students who successfully complete the program will obtain certifications in Water Quality for the states of Missouri and Illinois. MSD will assist scholarship recipients and ERTC students in good standing with obtaining summer internship positions, and make an effort to place scholarship graduates in full-time positions with the District.

Submissions and Contact Information

Scholarship applications must be received or postmarked by July 19, 2024. Application requirements include:

  • Verification of acceptance and enrollment in the ERTC program for the 2024 Fall Semester.
  • Resume including last 5-10 years of work experience and academic history.
  • A one-page essay expressing your career goals and explaining how the ERTC Water Quality Control Operations Certificate will help you achieve them.

Applications can be mailed to Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, 2350 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103-2555. You can also email your application and any questions regarding the program to the following MSD staff members:

  • Victoria Young, HR Manager | | (314)768-2774
  • Dino Kiveric, Asst. Director of HR | | (314)768-6234

For more information regarding the ERTC Scholarship, please contact