The William C. Ackermann Scholarship recognized an undergraduate junior/senior or graduate civil and environmental engineering student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who was preparing for a career devoted to the protection and wise utilization of water resources. The successful applicant maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and demonstrated a desire to pursue graduate studies or a career path in a water resources related field. The scholarship award of $1,000 was paid at the beginning of the spring semester.
To honor this renowned scientist, scholar, manager, and educator, the Illinois State Water Survey and the Nature of Illinois Foundation established the William C. Ackermann Memorial Endowment in 1990.
Beginning in 1993 and remaning active for a decade, the Ackermann Endowment was used to provide a scholarship that helped support aspiring student scientists at the University of Illinois. The scholarship encouraged students to take up the spirit of Dr. Ackermann and follow his path in public service and research in water resources.
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