Scholarship honors Louisville Water scientist

image of Dr. SongLouisville Water Company and the Kentucky/Tennessee (KY/TN) Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) are partnering to honor Louisville Water retiree Dr. Rengao Song with a scholarship for graduate students who embody his spirit of innovation and excellence in water quality.

“Dr. Song has been the principal force behind many of the innovations at Louisville Water in building a corporate water quality culture, developing advanced treatment technologies and improving the water quality management in the distribution system,” said Louisville Water Vice President & Chief Engineer Tim Kraus. “The ‘Rengao Song Scholarship for Water Science and Technology’ honors Dr. Song’s contribution to advancing the science of drinking water quality and acknowledges the significance of partnerships that promote important research and advocacy.”

Dr. Song is considered an industry icon and retired in October 2020 as the Director of Water Quality and Research after serving more than 20 years with the company. Dr. Song and his team have received numerous awards and accolades over the years, including the 2020 Samuel Arnold Greeley Award, the most prestigious research paper award presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The $10,000 scholarship will be initially funded by Louisville Water, who will work with KY/TN Section AWWA to award the money.

Eligibility requirement include:

  • Students must be a resident of Kentucky or Tennessee or enrolled in a graduate degree program in Kentucky or Tennessee.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time in a graduate degree program in biological or physical sciences, engineering, or other field related to drinking water science and technology.
  • Students should have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 out of 4.

The scholarship will be awarded based on the value of the research and how it supports the improvement of the water quality and treatment in Kentucky and Tennessee. The deadline to apply for this year’s award is April 30, 2021. The first scholarship will be awarded at the KY/TN Water Professionals Conference in August 2021.

For complete details, including the online application and selection criteria, visit