Ben Masengil Memorial Scholarship



    The Oregon Beaver Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is pleased to offer the Ben Masengil Scholarship Award Program each year as a benefit to chapter members and to promote education and the advancement of the solid waste industry. This scholarship is dedicated in thanks to Ben Masengil, one of the founding members of the Oregon Chapter. The Beaver Chapter is proud to offer this scholarship program as a way to honor Ben’s long-standing history of contributions and participation within the organization.



    Candidates applying for the scholarship must be a son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter of an Oregon Beaver Chapter member in good standing as of May 1st of the year the application is submitted.


    Grant categories

    Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded each year by the Oregon Beaver Chapter to the highest scoring applicant in each of the following categories:

    1. Graduating high school senior or graduate equivalent (certified) that have been accepted by a junior college (2-year), four-year college, or university in any program.
    2. Returning college student enrolled in any junior college, four-year college, or university in any undergraduate or graduate program.



    May 1st is the deadline for submission of the completed application and all supporting materials including transcripts.



    The Oregon Beaver Chapter scholarship is made possible by generous donations and fundraising activities organized by the Oregon Beaver Chapter. If you would like to make a donation to this scholarship fund, please contact the current chapter treasurer at





    Emily May

    I was involved in leadership all four years of high school where I ended as our student body vice president. I also was our National Honor Society Chapter’s Vice President where I organized and planned three Red Cross Blood Drives. I was a varsity softball and volleyball player for three years with both sports being very successful my junior and senior year. Not only was I active in my education but I was involved in my church’s youth group where we went on a mission to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana and attended the National Catholic Youth Conference in 2015 and 2017. In the fall I am attending Oregon Institute of Technology pursuing a nursing degree. I’ve always had a want to help others and felt called to pursue a career in the medical field.

    Laura Johnson

    Hi my name is Laura Johnson I am currently going into my sophomore year of college at Eastern Washington University. My current goal is to double major in Environmental Science and Mechanical Engineering. I am apart of the Honors College on campus and was on the Dean’s List throughout my freshman year. I am also a member of the Panhellenic community in Alpha Xi Delta. During my freshman year I lived on the H2O Living Learning Community floor. Our floor was centered around sustainability, healthy living, and outdoor recreation. Next year I will be joining the sustainability club and becoming even more involved in campus life.