Veolia Scholarships Totaling $65,000 Help Clear Path to Higher Education for Local Students


West Nyack, NY – Veolia has partnered with the New York Chapter of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), Rockland Community College (RCC), the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the North Rockland Academy of Finance and the Gordon Foundation to offer 23 local students financial assistance as they work toward advancing their education.

“These scholarships are an investment in the future and in our ability to sustain a workforce that will advance the services we provide across the communities we serve,” said Chris Graziano, Vice President and General Manager of Veolia’s New York operations and chairperson of NAWC’s New York Chapter. “With the water industry growing increasingly complex, we need to sharpen our focus on recruiting enthusiastic, intelligent and motivated young people who share our commitment to solving tomorrow’s challenges with practical, high-impact solutions.”

Veolia, a global leader of sustainable environmental solutions, provides water service to 500,000 customers in Rockland, Westchester, Orange, Putnam and Tioga counties in New York.

Here’s a snapshot of the scholarship programs Veolia recently helped fund for local college-bound students.

Veolia/NAWC Scholarships

In partnership with the NY chapter of the NAWC, Veolia granted eight $3,000 scholarships to top-achieving students pursuing degrees in science, engineering and other fields that support the water industry. The following students were honored during an awards ceremony at the Thayer Hotel in West Point, NY: Jennie Belle Aliaga of Carmel High School, Siya Balapal of Nanuet High School, Aaditya Batra of Ardsley High School, Ashlin Davila of Nanuet High School, Anna Morrissey of Tappan Zee High School, Isabella Nordstrom of Tappan Zee High School, Ryan Olson of Clarkstown South High School and Jacob Sipe of Owego Free Academy.

Veolia/RCC Scholarships

Veolia provided 10, $2,500 scholarships to RCC students completing their associate degree and working toward a bachelor degree in the areas of environmental sciences and engineering. These scholarships cover 50% of RCC’s average annual tuition. This year’s scholarship recipients were: Melodie Cornelly, Zara Khan, Aisha Lapointe, Tomoka Matsumura, Keishawna Nurse, Isabella Ochman, Ilyssa Shapiro, Elizabeth Taub, Haruto Tsushi and Yusuke Tsushi.

Veolia/UNCF Scholarships

Veolia/UNCF College Scholarship Program awarded two $5,000 merit-based scholarships to graduating New Rochelle High School seniors Nastashya Johnson and Samantha Benjamin.

Veolia/Academy of Finance Scholarships

North Rockland High School students Michael Mandia and Xiadani De La Rosa Perez received $500 scholarships from Veolia during North Rockland High School Academy of Finance’s 23rd annual graduation dinner at The Thayer Hotel at West Point.

Veolia/Gordon Foundation Scholarship Program

Veolia sponsored the 24th annual awards ceremony of the CEJJES Institute and Gordon Community Partnership that honored top academic performing Rockland high school seniors of the African diaspora. Suffern High School’s Ja’nya Beepot was the recipient of the $20,000 Dr. Susan G. Gordon Scholarship.



A subsidiary of Veolia Group, Veolia North America (VNA) offers a full spectrum of water, waste and energy management services, including water and wastewater treatment, commercial and hazardous waste collection and disposal, energy consulting and resource recovery. VNA helps commercial, industrial, healthcare, higher education and municipality customers throughout North America. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Veolia North America has more than 10,000 employees working at more than 350 locations across the continent.


Veolia's ambition is to become the benchmark company for ecological transformation. With nearly 218,000 employees on five continents, the Group designs and deploys useful, practical solutions for managing water, waste and energy that help to radically change the world. Through its three complementary activities, Veolia contributes to developing access to resources, preserving available resources and renewing them. In 2023, the Veolia group served 113 million people with drinking water and 103 million with wastewater services, produced 42 terawatt-hours of energy and recovered 63 million metric tons of waste. Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE) generated consolidated sales of €45.3 billion in 2023.

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