8/21/2013 11:52:00 AM $1,000 scholarship goes to same student 2 years in row
Norm Davis, Town of Prescott Valley public works director and APWA member, left, congratulates NAU/Yavapai student Brittany Taft, senior, on receiving a $1,000 scholarship from the American Public Works Association on Aug. 13.
Trib Photo/Sue Tone
Brittany Taft received a $1,000 scholarship from the American Public Works Association this past week at the Prescott Valley campus of Northern Arizona University/Yavapai. She also was this past year's recipient of the same scholarship.
Norm Davis, director of Public Works for the Town of Prescott Valley and APWA member, presented Taft with the check before an evening class on Aug. 13, and mentioned that he was once a Yavapai College student himself.
The APWA sponsors an annual golf tournament to raise money for two $500 scholarships. As Taft was the only student who applied, she received the entire amount.
Davis read the association's mission statement that supports helping students in public works programs: "American Public Works Association exists to develop ad support the people, agencies, and organizations that plan, build, maintain and improve our communities. Working together, APWA and its membership contribute to a higher and sustainable quality of life."
Taft, a senior this year, will receive a bachelor's degree in Community Development and Sustainability in May 2014. She is a resident of Tucson and commutes to PV for classes. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career with a non-profit organization that focuses on community participation and sustainable development.
"My long-term goals are to better my community and work towards positive and sustainable goals," Taft said. "I am particularly interested in working in urban planning and environmental engineering."
Davis said the APWA wants to support students, and he felt Taft is an excellent choice and deserving of the scholarship.