NWRA Women’s Council Awards Eight Scholarships Totaling $40,000

NWRA Women’s Council Awards Eight Scholarships Totaling $40,000

Generous Contributions Allow Women’s Council to Award Scholarships

Arlington, VA – Today, the National Waste & Recycling Association’s (NWRA) Women’s Council announced its eight scholarship recipients.

The NWRA Women’s Council established an educational scholarship program in 2007 to assist qualified individuals in their pursuit of an education that will lead to productive careers in the environmental industry. All NWRA member company employees and their dependents are eligible to apply. To date, $300,000 has been awarded. The 2021 scholars will be awarded $5,000 each.

“This year’s pool of candidates was exceptional, and this year’s class of scholars are wonderful examples of those dedicated to our industry,” said Tammy Holtzman, chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship funds are made possible by the generous donations of companies and fundraising activities such as the Split the Pot Raffle.

Diana Amador-Ponce – McGregor, Texas

Employee – AP Clerk, Waste Connections, Texas

Tarleton University – Accounting

Recognized for being a hard worker, Diana currently works as an accounts payable (AP) clerk and has plans to attend Tarleton University to study accounting and further her career. She plans to be the next controller, or maybe the next accounting coach! She loves to learn and is thrilled to be going back to school.

Margaret Carter –Charleston, South Carolina

Dependent of Employee – Republic Services

Rising Freshmen – Clemson University – Accounting

Margaret is the daughter of Rob Carter of Republic Services, an active legislative member of the NWRA Carolinas chapter. Her father, an industry veteran, serves as a role model who has demonstrated the value of the waste and recycling industry as well as the importance of giving back to their community. Margaret is a swimmer and accomplished violist at Charleston County School of the Arts. She will be pursuing an accounting degree at Clemson University in the fall.

Jarrin Lawton – Rancho Cordova, California

Employee – Operations Management Trainee, Waste Management

Southern New Hampshire University – Business

Jarrin is currently participating in Waste Management’s management training program. He has worked hard to implement his LOL mindset of “Listen, Observe, Learn” to grow his knowledge of the industry and become an asset to the company. Jarrin is a published author, motivational speaker and was recognized as the Texas Christian University’s Texas Youth Entrepreneur of the Year. He plans to continue studying operations management at Southern New Hampshire University.

Javier Magdaleno – Bolingbrook, Illinois

Employee – Engineer, Perkins Manufacturing

Purdue University/Northwest – Mechanical Engineering

Javier has been a valued team member of Perkins Manufacturing for four years. While Javier has worked in several industries gaining an education in electrical engineering, he found his passion and love for the waste and recycling industry when he joined Perkins. He enjoys collaborating with team members, is determined to grow professionally within the organization and is eager to complete his BA in mechanical engineering at Purdue University.

Tate Moeller – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Employee – Business Development – ESG

University of Vermont – Sustainable Innovations – MBA

Tate is currently Business Development Partner – Processing Solutions for Environmental Solutions Group (ESG). Tate has worked in the waste and recycling industry since 2016 when she worked as an intern and then a full-time employee at Organix Solutions. From there, she was still dreaming of getting her MBA in Sustainable Innovation. This fall, Tate will attend University of Vermont as a full-time student. The university’s program mission statement reads: “this MBA is designed to create change agents to lead a business place that works for both people and the planet.”

Lisa Taylor – Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Employee – Scale House Attendant – Waste Management

Kansas City Community College – Business Administration

Lisa currently works for Waste Management as a scale house attendant. She follows in the footsteps of her grandfather and great-grandfather, who both owned their own waste companies and made a name for themselves in the industry. Lisa plans to attend Kansas City Community College to study Business Administration and further her career in the industry.

Baylee Thompson – Rutland, Vermont.

Employee – Accounts Payable Specialist, Casella Waste Systems

Champlain College – Accounting

Baylee is all about service and teamwork. She is currently an Accounts Payable Specialist and is going to attend Champlain College for accounting to further her career with Casella. Baylee is inspired by the following quote by Marian Wright Edelmen: “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.

Danielle Womble – Vancouver, Washington

Employee – Commercial Recycle Coordinator, Waste Connections

Oregon State University – Sustainability

Danielle began her career in the waste and recycling industry as a coordinator/organics specialist and is now the Commercial Recycling Coordinator in Vancouver. She has always wanted to teach future generations about our world and how we can make better decisions to ensure it is healthy and that the choices we make are sustainable. Danielle will be attending Oregon State University to study Sustainability.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association