Deborah Lambert Memorial Scholarship

In honor of Deborah Lambert (SWANA Washington Evergreen Chapter President 2002-2005), and the many years she dedicated to the solid waste management field, the Chapter is pleased to offer scholarships to qualified undergraduate and graduate students. Between 2003 and 2020, the Evergreen Chapter has awarded nearly $122,000 in scholarships to 87 students.

Scholarship Categories

General Scholarship – up to $1,500

For students in any program of study

Environmental Scholarship – up to $2,500

For students pursuing a degree in environmental science, environmental studies, engineering, or another major applicable to the field of solid waste or resource management

Eligibility for Washington Evergreen Chapter Scholarships

  • Must be accepted for enrollment or enrolled at a community college, four-year college, university, or graduate school for the period of time the scholarship will be used.
  • Must be the child or grandchild of a SWANA member in good standing or a student member prior to application. Becoming a student member is free—visit SWANA’s membership page to join.
  • Priority will be given to students who have not won multiple Evergreen chapter scholarships.
  • Students who have been awarded Evergreen chapter scholarships totaling $6,000 or more are not eligible.

Application Submission
You can download the application form here. Applicants should scan application, transcripts and cover letter into a single document and submit via email. All applications must include a cover letter signed by applicant.

Application Deadline
Applications must be received by July 1.

Contact Tyson Wright: or call (206) 787-8219

Criteria for Award Selection
Criteria Examples
Academics (60%) GPA, ACT or SAT Scores
Academic achievement awards
Citizenship (20%) Honors:
Student Organizations
High School ROTC
Military Service
Charitable, civic or religious orgs
Extracurricular (20%) Athletics, music, drama, debate, etc.


2021 Donors

Platinum Level



Gold Level

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king county solid waste


Bronze Level


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Individual Donors

Peter Christiansen
Mary Shanks
Kevin Kiernan
Brian Girard
Diana Wadley


SWANA International Scholarship Opportunities

In order to prepare the next generation for the environmentally and economically sound practice of solid waste, SWANA has developed several scholarship and internship programs for students studying in fields related to solid waste management.

If you would like to apply for one of the scholarships please download the appropriate application from the SWANA International Scholarship webpage and submit your completed action to the Evergreen Chapter Scholarship Committee email before the May 1st deadline.