PNCWA Environmental Stewardship Scholarships

As you plan for your end of the year charitable giving please consider the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association’s Scholarship Fund. PNCWA is investing in the future of our industry by providing scholarships to students and operators that are pursuing a professional career in the water quality field.

It is projected, by the EPA, that 31 to 37 percent of the water and wastewater professionals will be retiring in the next 10 years. All of us in this industry need to do our part to ensure that there is a pool of qualified water professionals to meet the current and future needs of our communities.

Traditionally the PNCWA Scholarship Committee nominates four to five deserving candidates to the Board to receive a scholarship. Since 2010 we have been able to invest over 24,000 in the future of our industry. Please help us remove some of the financial burdens on our future water professionals by donating to the PNCWA Scholarship fund. PNCWA is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and donations to the fund are fully tax deductible. Make a tax deductible donation here.

(Applications guidelines for 2018 will be announced soon.)

The PNCWA Scholarship Committee supports students in pursuing a professional career in the water quality field by awarding scholarships on an annual basis. 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.  New in 2017, the committee will be awarding scholarships through three different application criteria. Each scholarship opportunity is described in more detail here.

News & Highlights

New Additional Scholarship Funds for Operators Only

Thanks to a very generous offering and donation from UBOS (Umpqua Basin Operators Section), the PNCWA scholarship program has recently added two separate funds that will award scholarships only to applicants interested in the field of operations. PNCWA’s main scholarship fund, in existence since 2010, has always been open to applicants interested in pursuing studies in both the engineering and operations fields (and will continue to be), but the two newly established funds will accept only applications from candidates involved in studies related to operations.

The two new named funds that will accept applications starting in 2017 are:

Lucas Eibel Memorial Scholarship—$1,500 award, targeted at community college students in a two-year or two-year transfer program in Oregon. UBOS would like to see preference given to Umpqua Community College (UCC) students for this scholarship, but it is open to all applicants within the state of Oregon. Lucas Eibel was a summer intern at Roseburg Urban Sanitary District (RUSA) and a member of UBOS who sadly was one of the victims lost in the shooting tragedy at Umpqua Community College on October 1, 2015. He was 18 years old at the time of his death and was studying chemistry at UCC and had recently received two scholarships. He graduated from Roseburg High School with high academic marks. Lucas had been an active member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and volunteered at Wildlife Safari and Saving Grace animal shelter. He enjoyed hik- ing, drawing, reading, playing video games and soccer.

Education for Operators Scholarship—Up to $1,500 award, targeted to one-year certification program
or two-year college program for operators from any PNCWA state (Oregon, Idaho and Washington). Award amounts would be based on the amount necessary for the program enrolled in up to $1,500. UBOS encourages other PNCWA sections to con- tribute to and help build this Education for Operators Scholarship fund.

UBOS Donations
At the August 2016 PNCWA board meeting, Jim Baird presented a $5,000 UBOS contribution to the PNCWA scholarship fund. Of these funds, $1,500 is designated for each of the two newly named funds for 2017 and the $2,000 remainder went into the general PNCWA scholarship fund.
UBOS hopes to continue to donate to the scholarship fund at no less than $3,000 a year, if funds are available. The section has a very successful training program that generates section funds while helping operators get the education needed to succeed in their profession.

Donations encouraged
All individual PNCWA members, related companies and regions/sections are encouraged to join UBOS in supporting the PNCWA scholarship program. All donations can specify which fund the donation should be placed in. All donations are fully tax deductible.

PNCWA Scholarship Program - How to support it

Make a tax deductible donation here.

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.)

Make a tax deductible donation here.

Contact Info

Andy McCaskill, Chair