The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials will again sponsor an essay competition awarding scholarships to five young people affiliated with IAPMO and many of its industry partners.

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials will again sponsor an essay competition awarding scholarships to five young people affiliated with IAPMO and many of its industry partners.

Participants in this year’s contest will submit essays expressing their thoughts on “Why Should Access to Safe, Clean Drinking Water Be a Basic Human Right?” Submitted essays must be completely original and a minimum of 1,000 words. The essay entry deadline is June 1, 2011, via e-mail, fax or mail to IAPMO world headquarters. The winning essay will be announced next September at the 2011 IAPMO Education and Business Conference in San Antonio.

In addition, the first-place winner will receive a $500 scholarship and a one-year paid membership to IAPMO. The second-place winner will receive a $250 scholarship and three third-place winners will each receive a $100 scholarship. All winning essays will also be published in Official, IAPMO’s membership magazine, and on the IAPMO Web site.

“There is no more obvious or pressing need to humankind than that of potable water free of unhealthy contaminants and sickness-inducing pathogens,” said Dan Daniels, president of IAPMO. “While this need is clear, the question of what constitutes a human right seemed like fertile ground in which bright young minds could explore an issue that is integral to IAPMO and our industry.”

The competition is open to members - and their children - of IAPMO, ASPE, PHCC, MCAA, the UA and ASSE who are currently enrolled in a high school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university or working in an apprentice program.

Individuals who meet the qualifications to submit an essay to the competition should include his or her name, the school’s name and the student or student’s parents professional affiliation with one of the qualifying trade associations or union locals.

All essays should be sent to Ms. Gabriella Davis at IAPMO by e-mail at gaby.davis@iapmo.org; by fax at 909/472-4222; or by standard mail to her attention at IAPMO, 4755 E. Philadelphia St., Ontario, CA 91761.  

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