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

Due: January 25, 2019

Idaho Rural Water Association was pleased to give away two $1000 scholarships in 2018!  You or one of your dependents could be one of two $1,000 winners in 2019!

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.

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

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

Due to a generous donation from the Elfering Family, we were able to award TWO $1,000 to this year’s winners at our March, 2019 Conference!

2018 Tony Elfering Memorial Scholarship Winners

Brian Vail

City of  Heyburn

Alyssa Kirkbride

City of Franklin

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:

You can also contribute by purchasing raffle tickets for raffle items at our next conference, 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 Northern Conference. The 2019 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!

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