Tony Elfering Memorial Scholarship

A father, a colleague, and friend to all… 

Tony was taken from us on August 24, 2009 in a tragic motorcycle accident. Tony was an IRWA wastewater technician for six years. We at the Idaho Rural Water Association work together as a family and losing Tony was like losing our brother. We miss his contagious smile, jokes, stories and warm hugs. Tony always saw the good in people and treated them the way we all want to be treated.

Tony was also a great father to his two sons, Aaron and James, whom he adored. If you had the privilege of knowing Tony, you know that a day didn’t go by without Tony talking about his boys. Tony will be sorely missed, our friend and colleague.

Tony Elfering Memorial Scholarship Applications

Applications for the 2021 Scholarship must be received no later than Friday, April 16, 2021. The two winners are recognized during the Awards Ceremony at the IRWA Spring Conference in Boise, ID. 

Due to an incredibly generous donation from the Elfering Family, Idaho Rural Water Association was pleased to give away two $2,000 scholarships in 2020

You or one of your dependents could be one of two $2,000 winners in 2021!

The scholarship is open to all people who work for an IRWA member drinking water or wastewater system in Idaho and their dependents. You must work for a system member of Idaho Rural Water Association that is in good standing (not open to supporting members). Applicants should be attending an institution of higher learning within the year that the scholarship is awarded.

To apply for this scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form (click here) and write a 350 word or less essay on the “Importance of Safe, Clean Water in My Life.” All winners will be notified through a mailed letter.

To date, there has been a total of $22,000 in scholarship funds awarded to IRWA members and their dependents!  

2020 Tony Elfering Memorial Scholarship Winners

Karlee Kirkbride
City of Franklin

Addison Thomson
City of Weippe

The deadline for submission is April 16, 2021 

Make a Donation

Interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the Tony Elfering Memorial Scholarship fund?
Contact our office at: (208) 343-7001 / Email: office@idahoruralwater.com
You can also contribute by purchasing raffle tickets for raffle items at our conferences or by playing in our Tony Elfering Memorial Golf Tournament (details below).


Tony Elfering Memorial Golf Tournament

The annual tournament is held the day before our Fall Conferences. The 2021 tournament will be held at the Prairie Falls Golf Club in Post Falls, Idaho. It is an open tournament and all proceeds go to the Tony Elfering Memorial Scholarship Fund. You need not attend the conference to play in the tournament. Everyone is welcome!

NEW AT THE 2021 SPRING CONFERENCE! We will hold a tournament the day before this year's Spring conference, on Monday, May 24th, 2021. Additional details will follow! Be sure to check out any updates on the Spring Conference page