Harvey W. Gershman Scholarship

Harvey Gershman Harvey Gershman – GBB Founder Owner Associate & Co-Founder

GBB is proud to share that the 2nd Annual Harvey W. Gershman Scholarship has been announced through the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)! Applications are being accepted for this scholarship and others through May 2, 2022.

In late February 2022, SWANA announced the opening of its annual Scholarship Program: $30,000 distributed to six high school, undergraduate, and graduate students:

  • The $5,000 Harvey W. Gershman Scholarship, named for SWANA life member and co-founder of GBB:
    Undergraduate students enrolled at Northeastern University (Harvey’s Alma Mater) and interested in solid waste careers are prioritized for this award, but all students are encouraged to apply. 
  • Three scholarships of $5,000 awarded to high school seniors going to a four-year college or university. The students must be sponsored by a relative who is a current SWANA member.
  • One scholarship of $5,000 awarded to a rising college junior or senior who is a SWANA student member (or sponsored by a SWANA member) and studying environmental science, engineering, or other major related to solid waste management.
  • The $5,000 Robert P. Stearns Scholarship provides funding for a student pursuing a graduate degree in an environmental field.

Application forms for all scholarships are available on SWANA’s Scholarships & Internships page. All students can access this page with a free membership with SWANA. Applications must be submitted to the student’s or sponsor’s Chapter Scholarship Chair no later than May 2, with the top applications forwarded for consideration. SWANA’s awards will be announced in the Summer. For more information, see the applications or email Sara Bixby at

In 2021, SWANA announced that the recipient for the first Gershman $5,000 Scholarship was Victoria Chanez, a SWANA student member of the Wisconsin Badger Chapter attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a major in Environmental Engineering.