Halpenny Internship (Tucson)

2017 Leonard Halpenny Intern Scholarship

NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for 2017. Please try again next year!

Application deadline: 5:00 PM, April 14. Funding for this award comes from AHS and the AHS Foundation. [DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION]

The Tucson AHS Chapter is seeking applicants for the 2017 Leonard Halpenny Intern Scholarship Program. The program provides an opportunity for the selected student to gain experience with four water resources and environmental organizations in the Tucson area. The award is a $3,000 stipend for 200 hours of experience within the 2017 calendar year with multiple agencies and private consulting companies.

  • Duration: 200 hours (40 hours with each organization, plus an additional 40 hours to be served at the discretion of the intern and host organizations
  • Scheduling: Flexible around the student’s and participating organizations’ schedules. Student is responsible for coordinating schedules between organizations.
  • Completion Date: Internship must be completed by December 31, 2017.
  • Waivers: Student may be required to sign liability and confidentiality waivers.
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students in hydrology, geology, civil, environmental and geologic engineering, renewable natural resources, wastewater management, soil and water science, etc., from an Arizona college or university. Qualified undergraduates will be given first preference in the selection process.

Important Dates

  • April 14: Application materials are due by 5:00 PM.
  • Week of April 24: Candidates must be available for an interview
  • Week of April 28: The scholarship committee will announce an intern
  • December 31: Service must be completed.

Participating Organizations for 2017

  • U.S. Geological Survey (government agency)
  • Tucson Water (water provider/utility)
  • Montgomery & Associates (private consulting firm)
  • Fourth organization to be determined

Student Responsibilities for AHS

  • Maintain a record of hours: The winner must submit this record to AHS and for use in newsletter article.
  • Attend the award presentation: The winner must attend either the annual symposium in September 2017 (in Flagstaff) to formally receive the award and plaque or (if they cannot attend) a monthly meeting of the AHS Tucson chapter.
  • Write an AHS newsletter article: Award winner must submit a short article to the AHS monthly newsletter describing their experience at the conclusion of their internship.

To Apply…

Submit the one-page application form, essay, transcripts (unofficial), and two letters of recommendation (at least one from an instructor, the second can be from an employer). Contact Marla Odom, AHS Tucson chapter president, with any questions. [DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION PACKET]

About the Scholarship

halpennyLeonard Halpenny (1915–2000) was a pioneer in the science of hydrology in Arizona. Originally employed part-time with the USGS as a “hydrographer” while in college, he became a full-time USGS employee in Texas in 1938. In 1939, the USGS transferred him to Arizona to participate in groundwater depletion studies statewide. This work led to the publication of Ground Water Resources of the Santa Cruz Basin. He participated in numerous USGS studies, and was appointed as Assistant District Engineer of the USGS in Tucson in 1946. He became the District Chief in 1951.

Leonard with Marla Odom, first recipient of the Halpenny Intern Scholarship

Leonard with Marla Odom, first recipient of the Halpenny Intern Scholarship in 1996

After leaving the USGS in the late 1950s, he established Water Development Corporation, a consulting firm. In 1958, he served as a member of the CAP litigation team in San Francisco. In the 1970s, Leonard lobbied for passage of the Subdivision Rules of 1972, which prevented the construction of residential subdivisions without proof of water supply. He also influenced the initial recognition of effluent water as a resource in Arizona. Leonard not only served as Special Master from 1973–1978 on Caeppert v. U.S. (the landmark case defining federal water rights in the U.S.) but he also testified in the Gila River adjudication on the distinction between groundwater and surface water.

The AHS intern scholarships are supported in part by a Community Investment grant from CAP

This intern scholarship is supported in part by a grant from CAP.

Leonard Halpenny made many other contributions to advancements in the field of hydrology and, in 1995, he was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award by AHS. He used the monetary award to initiate this scholarship in 1996. Leonard’s incredible wealth of knowledge, philanthropy and amiable nature are greatly missed by the hydrologic community in Arizona.

Information for Employers

Employers from government, private industry, and environmental consulting firms who are interested in hosting future intern scholars should complete the Employer Interest Survey Form and e-mail it to Marla Odom.

Previous Interns

  • 2017: Samantha Swartz, Hydrology & Water Resources, UA
  • 2016: Mekha Pereira, Hydrology & Water Resources, UA
  • 2015: Rachel Tucci, Hydrology & Water Resources, UA
  • 2014: Marlyn Ripalda, Hydrology & Water Resources, UA
  • 2013: Ryan Toomey, Hydrology & Water Resources, UA
  • 2012: Chelsea Kestler, Hydrology & Water Resources, UA
  • 2011: Andrea Martinez, Hydrology & Water Resources, UA
  • 2010: David Bernard, Hydrology & Water Resources, UA
  • 2009: Terra Michaels, Engineering Management, UA
  • 2008: Amy Lynn, Civil Engineering, UA
  • 2007: Jeffrey Gawad, Hydrology & Water Resources, UA
  • 2006: Aida Arik, Hydrology & Water Resources, UA
  • 2005: Stephanie Sara, Biosystems Engineering, UA
  • 2004: Patricia Magowan, Geosciences, UA
  • 2003: Tiffany Alvarez, Renewable Natural Resources, UA
  • 2002: Vena Jones, Geosciences, UA
  • 2001: Adam Bingham, Geosciences, UA
  • 2000: Philip Bredfeldt, Hydrology & Water Resources, UA
  • 1999: Debbie James, Geosciences, UA
  • 1998: Parvin Ghanbari, Wastewater Management, Pima Community College
  • 1997: Brad Cheney, Hydrology & Water Resources, UA
  • 1996: Marla Odom, Hydrology & Water Resources, UA

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