The William L. Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science was established in 2002 to recognize the significant karst science contributions of the late William (Bill) L. Wilson.  Bill Wilson used a variety of techniques, and unusual creativity, to tackle some of the most difficult karst science questions in Florida and elsewhere.  He developed a leading karst consulting company in the United States, Subsurface Evaluations, Inc.  To stimulate the development of new, energetic, motivated, and creative karst scientists, and to remember Bill Wilson and his dedication to karst science, the scholarship has been established in his memory.  The scholarship includes recognition at the KWI spring banquet, a plaque naming the awardee, and a one-time award of $1,000.


To apply for the William L. Wilson Scholarship, the following conditions exist:

  •  The applicant must be currently enrolled in, or have been accepted into, a master’s degree program at an institution of higher education in the United States.  PhD students are not eligible.
  • A written proposal of the planned karst study must be submitted.  The research topic should focus on karst science, broadly defined, including subfields of geochemistry, geology, geophysics, and/or hydrology.  Applicants are requested to not recycle master’s thesis proposals as applications.  The proposal narrative is limited to 1000 words, not including figure captions, references, or budget explanation.  Although funds are unrestricted and do not have to provide complete support of the project, a simple budget and short justification should be included to reflect how the award may further the proposed work.
  • Academic transcripts of undergraduate, and any graduate work, should be submitted.  Copies issued to the student by their institution are preferred.
  • Two letters of recommendation, with one of them from the student’s advisor or mentor, should be submitted.  It is requested that these letters be emailed directly to by the letter writers.
  • Applications are due by February 1, 2018.  They should be submitted electronically as a single pdf file that includes the proposal, budget, and all transcripts to:


Questions regarding the scholarship should be addressed to Dr. Herman:

Dr. Janet S. Herman
Professor, Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia


Applicants will be notified in early March of the decision of the Scholarship Committee.

Publications and presentations derived from supported research should acknowledge the Karst Waters Institute and the William L. Wilson Scholarship.

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