American Backflow Prevention Association Scholarship

The ABPA Harrington Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest was established to reward students who seek to increase their knowledge and understanding of how cross connection control and backflow prevention help ensure safe drinking water. Backflow prevention is designed to prevent dangerous – and sometimes fatal – bacteria, chemicals and other harmful agents from entering the local water supply systems. Backflow prevention programs are essential to ensure that the water that reaches your home, school or place of business is as safe and pure as it was when it left the water treatment plant. The ABPA’s goal is to have a public educated in the value and need for active local backflow prevention programs. Our goal is safe drinking water through cross connection control. The organization works to build a greater public awareness of backflow prevention as one component of maintaining safe drinking water.

Scholarship Essay Contest Details: The deadline for the 2020 – 2021 school year essay contest is February 28, 2021.The award amount is set at $1500. The essay topic for this year is: “Describe the meaning of backflow prevention and how we can keep our drinking water safe through cross connection control. Identify potential hazards commonly found in a typical residential household and discuss actions needed to correct them.” The contest is open to high school students from age 13 to 18. It is also open to the children, grandchildren and other relatives of ABPA members, with the exception of immediate family members of the ABPA Board of Directors. We invite you to share the essay contest details with your local public or private high school, or with any high school age students who are home schooled. Complete information can be found at: