This 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
  • Past Chairs
  • Southern Oregon Subsection
  • NW Washington Subsection
  • RH2 Engineering
  • Al Alsing Memorial

In addition, The Section receives generous support from Ameron International and Kelman Publishing for additional scholarships. In 2015, the Section provided a total of $24,500 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.

Selection criteria include:

-Scholarship (GPA+coursework)

-Involvement in professional societies and memberships

-Industry-related work experience, internships, certification

-Education and career goals applicable to the drinking water profession

Application forms are available in early January of each year. 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.

Download the 2016-2017 Scholarship Application

To Contribute

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.

If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship fund, please contact the Education and Training Endowment Fund committee chair listed below.


Dave Leland ( Scholarship Committee Chair )
Oregon Drinking Water Program
800 NE Oregon Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
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Bob Willis (Education and Training Endowment Fund Chair)

18850 SW Parrett Mtn. Rd.

Sherwood OR 97140


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Jason Canady (Board Contact)
City of Grants Pass
101 NW A St.

Grants Pass OR 97526


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