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Spring 2019 Pelican Water Scholarship Winners


As part of our mission to make the water filtration industry “go green” we continue to revamp our sustainability scholarship to inspire the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and problem-solvers to pave the way to a cleaner, greener future. This semester we challenged students to take our Water Footprint Calculator and share videos on Instagram showcasing how they plan to waste less water.

We sorted through many amazing entries to select our three deserving winners, all trailblazers leading the charge in conservation action. Using the hashtag #pelicanwatersmart these three students wowed us with their resolve and impressed us with their ingenuity.

As prizewinners of the Pelican Water Sustainability Scholarship these three students will receive up to $1500 to assist with tuition and fees as they pursue their higher education goals. Congratulations to our three winners:

We are proud to name Cristina Moraga as our first-place prizewinner. Cristina is a rising senior at the University of Arizona, where she majors in Nutritional Sciences while minoring in both Spanish and Biochemistry. Her $1500 prize will assist Moraga as she completes her last year at UA.

Cristina’s engaging video jumps right into her Water Footprint Calculator results: 50 gallons of water per day. Determined, she then captures her commitment to reducing her water consumption. We see her install a low-flow showerhead, chop vegetables for a plant-based diet, and utilize reusable bottles, bags, and other goods to limit her waste.

Destiny Anguiano won our second-place prize with her evocative video. Destiny recently graduated from Cristo Rey Jesuit College Prep and will be attending the University of Texas, San Antonio in the fall. We are delights her $1000 prize will go toward the costs of her first semester.

Destiny’s compelling Instagram video drew us in with her enlightening reminder that only 1% of the Earth’s water is accessible for human consumption. Learning that her family uses 122 gallons of water a day, Destiny suggests collecting rain water for later use, turning off sinks when washing dishes, and recycling whenever possible.

Our insightful third-place winner is Benjamin Hudock of the University of Pittsburgh. A rising sophomore, Benjamin will use his $500 third-place prize money to help pay for his educational costs in the Swanson School of Engineering.


In his informative and direct video Benjamin goes beyond the well-known facts about water consumption to highlight macro issues: did you know 30% of water consumption in the United States is from meat production? Or that the beans, sugar, and even the lid of your morning coffee require gallons of water to make? Benjamin recommends a vegetarian diet and avoiding single-use plastics.

Pay part of your tuition and fees in 2019 by entering our upcoming Fall 2019 college scholarship content. Read the details of the upcoming contest by bookmarking our Sustainability Scholarship page. Our scholarship prompts aim to approach conservation and water quality in a new light every semester to discover more ways to inspire college-bound students around the country.

Congratulations again to our three outstanding winners! In six months we’ll announce the winners of our next contest.

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