Geology Major Ireland McCall Wins $10K Scholarship

We have a winner!

Geology major and a minor in water Ireland McCall was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to support her education.

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Foundation awarded a $50,000 scholarship to eight college students who are in their third year at California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) schools. 

McCall, a junior at Fresno State, is one of the 4 top recipients. 

The program supports students who want to work in the water industry in the future. 

Here’s McCall in her own words

The AWCA Foundation scholarship allows me to solve real-world problems that need solutions through exposure to new subjects and learning experiences. It will enable me to further myself academically and professionally because I can focus on creating multiple networks and exploring different disciplines during my time at Fresno State. 

The scholarship mitigates financial stressors and helps me acquire my bachelor’s degree in geology and minor in water while also allowing me to research subsurface water flow potential and groundwater recharge capabilities using new irrigation systems through my student internship position/thesis project. 

This scholarship brings me closer to becoming a figure in the water industry that could make a notable difference for many communities. 

Other winners

Here are the other students who also won $10,000 each because they are doing great things and care a lot about water:

  • Luis Huerta from Cal Poly Humboldt 
  • Zahra Beatty James from CSU Sonoma,
  • Marlenne Ortega from CSU Monterey Bay

The ACWA Foundation also gave $2,500 in scholarships to the following students:

  • Arelly Ibarra from CSU San Marcos
  • Simon Maranguis from San Jose State
  • Nicole Nielsen from UC Irvine
  • Finn Schmelzer from Sacramento State

The scholarship program started in the fall of 2023.