Franklin Electric Continues to Invest in the Future of the Industry with NGWA University 2023 Scholarships

12/27/2023 | Update, People
Franklin Electric, in partnership with the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) and Oklahoma State University, recently announced the 2023 recipients of the NGWA University Franklin Electric Scholarship program. The scholarships are given annually to five emerging groundwater industry professionals to provide critical continuing education in NGWA University’s comprehensive Drilling Basics Course.

“Part of our vision as a company is to help nurture and support those who wish to pursue and advance their careers in the groundwater industry,” said Andrew Schwarze, Franklin Electric Senior Business Unit Director – Groundwater Distribution. “By sponsoring these scholarships, we’re assuring tomorrow’s industry professionals gain skills that help them grow and solve new challenges.”

The 2023 recipients of the Franklin Electric Scholarship are David Adams (Georgia), Krisha Owens-Begalla (Washington), Kyle Lowe (California), Sabraa Halane (Minnesota), and Viola Dawn Hensel (Virginia). Each student will be given access to several foundational groundwater courses: Groundwater 101, General Workplace Safety, Drill Rig Safety, Geology and Groundwater, Hydrogeology and Fluid Mechanics, and Rig Types and Well Design. The online training program, powered by Oklahoma State University, is designed specifically to improve the safety and skills of drilling industry members and train the next generation of drillers to address the critical shortage of professionals in the industry.

In addition to sponsoring the scholarships, Franklin Electric is a longtime supporter of the NGWA. The company is a Platinum Founding Industry Partner of the NGWA University’s Drilling Basics Course and a proud sponsor of the NGWA Learning Center that houses state-approved training

To learn more about NGWA University Online Training, visit the training site at 

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