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 - Archie Rice served as Section Chair, received the George Warren Fuller Award, and earned the Golden Water Drop Award for 50 years of service to the AWWA. Archie was one of the original "front-line" guys at CH2M Hill Engineers.
  • Cynthia Driscoll Memorial - Cynthia Driscoll served the water utility industry as a spokesperson that managed her utility effectively, served on numerous state committees, and provided leadership to the Section.   Cynthia's courage and commitment to drinking water was evident as she spent the last year of her life dedicated to the Section's success in her role as Section Chair. 
  • Legacy Memorial - The Legacy Scholarship honors a number of individuals dear to the section. These individuals have had money donated toward a perpetual scholarship, but have yet to reach the threshold to have a single scholarship in their name. This list includes (alphabetically)  Al Chevez, Katherine Goodman,  Henry Grycko,  Roger James,  Kathy Merry, Fred Merryfield,  Clayton Michael, Chuck Moore,  William Mullen,  Drew Seibel  and  Marlene Stiles. 
  • Pettie/Stiles Memorial - Ray Pettie and Bob Stiles set the stage for cross-connection control and backflow prevention training in our region.   They were the prime movers for the famed "yellow manual" which has been used as a model for many of the nation's cross connection control programs.
  • Alan Jones Memorial - Alan Jones was the General Manager of McMinnville Power and Light for decades, but professionally he favored water.   He served as Section Chair and was a George Warren Fuller awardee. 
  • Jim Doane Family - Jim Doane worked as an Engineer for the Portland Water Bureau for 27 years including being their chief engineer.   Jim continues his involvement with drinking water by serving as a commissioner at Tualatin Valley Water District.   Jim received AWWA's Distinguished Public Service award in 2013.
  • Bob Wubbena Family - Bob Wubbena’s sustaining efforts supported not only our section, but also the national AWWA and Water for People.   Bob is a Life Member and Honorary member of the AWWA, served as Section Chair and AWWA President. His recognitions include the George Warren Fuller Award, Outstanding Service to AWWA Award and Distinguished Public Service Awards. 
  • Northwest Washington Subsection - Subsections are the backbone of the Section. The Northwest Washington Subsection stands out as a supporter of the next wave of water professionals. 
  • RH2 Engineering - The RH2 Engineering scholarship is representative of the firm’s generosity and support of the Pacific Northwest Section.
  • Past Chairs Committee - The Past Chairs scholarship honors all past Section Chairs.
  • Southern Oregon Subsection - Subsections are the backbone of the Section. The Southern Oregon Subsection stands out as a supporter of the next wave of water professionals. 
  • Al Alsing - Al Alsing served the City of Ashland, Oregon for 36 years, starting as Assistant City Engineer and Water Superintendent.  As Director of Public Works, he supervised and managed many infrastructure improvements still in service today.   Al was an active volunteer and leader in his community, and served as an AWWA National Director.

In addition, The Section receives generous support from Ameron International, Kelman Publishing, and the NW Washington Subsection for additional scholarships. In 2015, the Section provided a total of $24,500 in scholarship funds to eight 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.