PNWS-AWWA Scholarships & Application

The PNWS Scholarship Committee awards scholarships annually to university and community college students to assist them in completing degree programs in fields of study relevant to future work in the drinking water profession. The committee works closely with the Education and Training Endowment Fund Board of Directors to implement the Section’s scholarship program.
The committee’s responsibilities include developing scholarship award criteria, disseminating applications to Northwest educational institutions, nominating student applicants for scholarship awards, and presentating awards to recipients at the PNWS Annual Conference.


The Section currently offers twelve named scholarships, listed below. Scholarship amounts vary by year based on Education and Training Endowment Fund performance and budget decisions by the Section Board.

  • Archie Rice Memorial
  • Cynthia Driscoll Memorial
  • Legacy Memorial
  • Pettie/Stiles Memorial
  • Alan Jones Memorial
  • Jim Doane Family
  • Bob Wubbena Family
  • Northwest Washington Subsection
  • RH2 Engineering
  • Past Chairs Committee
  • Southern Oregon Subsection
  • Al Alsing

In addition, The Section receives generous support from Ameron International, Kelman Publishing, and the NW Washington Subsection for additional scholarships. In 2014, the Section provided a total of $24,000 in scholarship funds to nine students.

To Apply

Students in relevant degree programs, including PNWS members and their families are encouraged to apply. Relevant fields of study include engineering, water resources, water or environmental technology, public administration, and environmental health. Students must be engaged in community college work, the second year or above of undergraduate work, or graduate work leading to a degree in a relevant field.

2015 Scholarship Application

Selection criteria include:

-Involvement in professional/scholastic organizations
-Certification or professional registration
-Volunteer community service
-Education and career goals applicable to the drinking water profession, including work history.


Awards are made in the late spring prior to the Section Annual Conference. Funds are distributed to the financial aid office of the student’s educational institution in early summer for use during the subsequent academic year. If you have questions, please contact the Scholarship Committee Chair listed below.


Dave Leland (Chair)
Oregon Drinking Water Program
800 NE Oregon Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0415
Fax: (971) 673-0457

You may make a donation to any of the specific scholarships, or to the general PNWS-AWWA fund. Your contribution will ensure these scholarships always have the means to continue providing much-needed funds to worthy college students entering the water works profession.