Saugus High School Senior Receives Water Policy Diversity Scholarship


Graduating class of 2022 from Saugus High School, Shelby Negosian was awarded the inaugural Arthur L. Littleworth Diversity Fellowship for her interest and experience in water policy.

After submitting transcripts, several letters of recommendation, and an explanation of how she plans to advance the field of water throughout her life, the Santa Clarita student was officially selected as the first award recipient Arthur L. Littleworth Best & Krieger Diversity Scholarship by Best Best & Krieger LLP, in partnership with the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA).

Not only the salutatorian of the Saugus High School graduating class of 2022, Negosian is also a member of the National Honors Society, California Scholarship Federation, Mu Alpha Theta, and Science National Honors Society. During her freshman year, she founded Eco and Friendly, a student-run organization that promotes sustainability through education and change-making projects.

Negosian, according to his online website, also volunteers as a journalist and engineer at Global Brigadesa voluntary organization working to address health and economic disparities around the world.

“Global Brigades is an international student-led movement that strives to implement holistic models around the world,” Negosian said of her. website. “In our Telebrigade, we designed a pipeline for water in Cerro De Agua, an area of ​​Jinotega, Nicaragua, which lacked water infrastructure.”

His passion for politics and water resources as well as his extensive volunteer experience pushed Negosian’s candidacy to the brink.

“We were delighted to learn that a local student had been selected for this prestigious scholarship,” said Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency Chairman of the Board Gary Martin. “Congratulations to Shelby on this hard-earned recognition. We look forward to cheering on Shelby as she progresses in her education and career as a local representative of the next generation of water leaders.

Under this scholarship program, BB&K and ACWA annually award a scholarship of $10,000, evenly distributed over a four-year period, to a qualified undergraduate student from a diverse or underrepresented background who, by demonstrating a passion and career path in water law, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion, can strengthen public administration in California.

The scholarship honors the late Arthur L. Littleworth, who practiced at BB&K’s office in Riverside, Calif., for nearly 70 years, according to ACWA officials.

“Art will forever be remembered for the way he shaped BB&K, the community, and California water law and policy,” said Lutfi Kharuf, BB&K Special Districts Partner and Committee Chair. recruitment. “BB&K is thrilled to have this opportunity to honor her in such a meaningful way, and our first recipient is truly worthy of all that this scholarship represents.”

During Littleworth’s career, he was involved in all aspects of water law and was respected for his impact on California water law and policy. He co-authored the widely read Solano Press book “California Water” with BB&K managing partner Eric Garner in 1995, and published updated versions in 2007 and 2019, officials say.

He was listed in America’s Best Lawyers® for Energy, Environmental, Natural Resources and Water Law for 27 consecutive years and named one of the Daily newspaper‘s Top 100 Lawyers in California. In addition to his legal practice, in his role as chairman of the Riverside School Board, he played a central role in the desegregation of schools in the town of Riverside in 1965.

To learn more about the Arthur L. Littleworth Diversity Fellowship, click here.

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