ACAA Educational Foundation

Mission Statement:

The ACAA Educational Foundation is a financially self-sustaining, not-for-profit organization which promotes understanding of CCP management and utilization through communications and outreach initiatives that are aimed at government and industry decision makers and the public. Foundation initiatives consist of awarding university level scholarships, development and distribution of educational materials, financial support for research, and sponsorship of CCP forums. - Last updated June 28, 2006


ACAA Educational Foundation 2017-2018 Scholarship Program Announcement


ACAA Educational Foundation 2017-2018 Scholarship Program Submittal Instructions


Tips for ACAA Educational Foundation Scholarship Applicants


ACAA Educational Foundation 2017-2018 Scholarship Application(right click to save/download the file)


2016-2017 Scholarship Winners

The American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) Educational Foundation has awarded $9000 in scholarships honoring coal ash beneficial use industry leaders to three university students with interests in advancing the sustainable and environmentally responsible use of coal combustion products (CCPs). 

The 2016-2017 scholarship winners were chosen from a field of applicants who submitted essays on topics related to the beneficial use of CCPs, which are materials produced when coal is burned to generate electricity.

Gang Xu, a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering at the Washington State University– Gang was selected to receive a $5000 scholarship that was named in honor of David C. Goss. Goss is a former Executive Director of ACAA who was instrumental in establishing the Educational Foundation.

Jenberu Feyyisa, a Ph.D. candidate in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte was selected to receive a $2500 award that was named in honor of John Faber. Faber served as ACAA’s first Executive Director, beginning in 1968.

Sarah Hodges, a sophomore studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky, was selected  to receive  a third award in an amount of $1500  at the ACAAEF board discretion.

ln addition to receiving the scholarships, recipients were offered the opportunity to attend the World of Coal Ash 2017. The winning scholarship essays were published in their entirety in Issue 1, 2017 of ASH at Work magazine.

The ACAA Educational Foundation Scholarship Program is an annual competition that aims to foster and support students’ interests in CCP research and sustainable use.


By Laws - Last updated June 28, 2006