From the Dublin San Ramon Services District:
On September 4, 2012, at a regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) Board of Directors unanimously voted to create the DSRSD James B. Kohnen Scholarship, an annual award of up to $2,000 that will be given to a graduating high school senior planning to attend college to study a water resources related field.
Mr. Kohnen was elected to DSRSD’s Board in 1992. During his tenure he was instrumental in developing water service for the Dougherty Valley; bringing recycled water to the Tri-Valley; expanding water, wastewater, and recycled water services to east Dublin; expanding the Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility; and expanding the Livermore-Amador Valley Water Management Agency pipeline that transports treated wastewater to the San Francisco Bay.
Mr. Kohnen served two terms on DSRSD’s Board, but, as Director D.L. (Pat) Howard said at Tuesday night’s Board meeting, “Jim’s contributions to this community go way beyond his eight years on our Board.” Kohnen also served on the boards of the Zone 7 Water Agency, the Alameda County Special Districts Association, the American Society for Quality, the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District, and the California Special Districts Association.
“Jim loved learning,” said General Manager Bert Michalczyk, “He earned two bachelor degrees, two master’s degrees, and a doctorate. Jim also taught at San Leandro High School, the University of Phoenix, and St. Mary’s College. Creating a scholarship in his name seemed like a natural way to honor his memory.”
The first scholarship will be presented in June 2013 to a senior graduating from a school in the District’s service area. Details on how to apply and criteria for the award will be posted on the DSRSD website by January 1, 2013.
“Jim made a difference at our District and in the education of young people,” said DSRSD President Richard Halket, “and it is our hope that this scholarship inspires young people to follow in his footsteps and make a difference in their communities.”
Kohnen served on the DSRSD Board from 1992 to 2000.
The City of Dublin at the beginning of June.