PNCWA Environmental Stewardship Scholarships

The PNCWA Scholarship Committee supports students in pursuing a professional career in the water quality field by awarding scholarships on an annual basis.

Each year we award three to four scholarships, normally valued at $1,200 to $1,500 each, with emphasis on both 2-year degrees and 4-year degrees and one award specifically for a PNCWA member or a member’s family member. From the scholarship fund’s inception in 2010, more than $19,500 in PNCWA Environmental Stewardship Scholarships have been awarded.

News & Highlights

2016 Scholarships Awarded

The Scholarship Committee annually solicits and reviews scholarship applications for the PNCWA Environmental Stewardship Scholarships. This financial assistance is intended to support the development of the next generation of leaders pursuing degrees in the field of clean water. The committee recently completed this activity in July of 2016 and scholarship awardees will be recognized at this year’s PNCWA Annual Conference in Bend, Oregon. Keep your eyes peeled for 2017 scholarship application dates and deadlines. 

PNCWA2016 Benefit Golf Tournament

The PNCWA Scholarship Committee partnered with Water For People to organize the PNCWA2016 Benefit Golf Tournament on October 15 in Sisters, Oregon.  All proceeds from this fun event benefit Water For People and the PNCWA Environmental Stewardship Scholarship. 

Scholarship Description

For applicants intending to pursue a career in the water environment field.

1. The applicant must enroll as a full-time college student (by September of the award year) that allows them to pursue a professional career (e.g., engineer, operator, lab analyst) in the water environment field.
2. Applicant may be attending or accepted to enroll in either a 2 or 4-year institution and be pursuing either Associates, Bachelors, and/or Master’s degrees

Award recipients also receive complimentary membership in PNCWA and WEF  ► and are invited to attend the PNCWA Annual Conference in the fall of the year.


  1. Verified enrollment or acceptance in a college (2- or 4-year school) in a water, wastewater, or environmental related program. (If you are a high school senior who had not yet been accepted at a program you must provide the names of the programs to which you have applied.) 
  2. Official proof or transcript of grades from high school or college. 
  3. Essay (800-1,000 words) on career goals related to the water environment. 
  4. A minimum of two letters of recommendation—one must be from a teacher or professor, the other must be from someone not related to the applicant. 
  5. Examples of volunteer community service and/or extracurricular activities 
  6. Must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Idaho, Oregon, or Washington 
  7. May be attending or plan to attend a school outside of Oregon, Washington or Idaho as long as permanent address (i.e. parent's address) is in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho.
  8. May be attending a school within Oregon, Idaho, or Washington, and have completed at least one year at said school, and is or will be continuing at a school within Idaho, Washington, or Oregon, and has established a practical physical year round residence in one of the said states, even though student originally came from out of state, and parent still resides out of state. (Examples of practical year round residence means that the student does not return to an out of state home each summer, and instead continues to reside within the state such as for work when not in school. In conjunction with the requirement for having completed one year of school within one of the appropriate states, filing state taxes within Oregon, Washington, or Idaho; or having a driver license from Oregon, Washington, or Idaho are further examples of having established practical residency.)

* Out of the three awards, one is reserved for an applicant where the applicant or an immediate family member of the applicant is a PNCWA member in good standing for at least one year.

** For applicants who are prior award recipients, an additional Award Renewal essay is required.

Selection Criteria

a. Career Objectives and Environmental Interest Essay
b. Academic Potential: Grade Point Average and type/difficulty of courses taken
c. Extracurricular Activities: Demonstrating leadership or participation in programs and organizations
d. Letters of Recommendation/Reference
e. Experience pertaining to or related to the water/wastewater/environmental field

Number of Awards: 3

Award Amount: $1,500

Total Amount Awarded $4,500

Eligible to Renew? Yes



PNCWA Scholarship Program - How to support it

Make a tax deductible donation to the PNCWA Scholarship fund.

2016 continued the tradition of awarding three to four scholarships, normally valued at $1,200-$1,500 each, with emphasis on both 2 year degrees and 4 year degrees and one award specifically for a PNCWA member or a member’s family member. As of 2015, and from the scholarship fund’s inception in 2010, a total of $19,500 in PNCWA Environmental Stewardship Scholarships has been awarded. Thanks to the generous support of PNCWA members, the PNCWA scholarship fund now exceeds $37,000.

If individuals, families or companies are interested in setting up/funding an ongoing named scholarship (memorial, in honor of, corporate) please contact the PNCWA office.
PNCWA is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Donations to the PNCWA Scholarship Fund are fully tax deductible.

Scholarship donor recognition (both individual and corporate) will be published in the PNCWA newsletter and highlighted at the PNCWA Annual Conference.
(For those wishing to have their donation listed as Anonymous, please check the appropriate box on the donation form.)

To make a tax deductible contribution to the scholarship fund, use this online form now.

Contact Info


Kristin Young, Chair
RH2 Engineering, Inc.