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Tony Elfering Memorial Scholarship
A father, a colleague, and friend to all...

Tony was taken from us to be with his Lord and savior 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.

 May God Bless You, Tony

Tony Elfering Memorial Scholarship Applications
Due: January 27, 2017

Idaho Rural Water Association was pleased to give away two $750 scholarships in 2016! You or your dependents could be one of two winners in 2017!

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 as system member
of Idaho Rural Water Association that is in good standing (not open to supporting members). Applicant 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.

Thirteen $500 scholarship have been awarded to IRWA members in the past 6 years!

Six $750 scholarships have been awarded in the past 3 years.

Recipients for 2016 were Madayln Leavitt - Nominated by Member System: Star Water & Sewer, and Colleen Johnson
- Nominated by Member System: Kootenai Ponderay Sewer District. Congratulations!

Interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the Tony Elfering Memorial Scholarship fund?

Contact our office at: 208-343-7001 / Email:

 You can also contribute by purchasing raffle tickets for raffle items at our next conference, or play in our Tony Elfering Memorial Golf Tournament (details below).

Tony Elfering Memorial Golf Tournament

The annual tournament is held at our Northern Conference. The 2016 tournament will be held at Circling Raven Golf Course at the Couer d'Alene Casino, in Worley, 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!