PNCWA Scholarships

The PNCWA Scholarship Committee has completed their review of applicants and PNCWA is awarding the following scholarships for 2019:
Scholarship Winners
Want to participate in an exciting new chapter of the PNCWA Scholarship Program? The Scholarship Committee wants YOU! Email Kevin Dour Committee Chair, [email protected].

The application period for 2020 is closed. 

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. Each scholarship opportunity is described in more detail here.

News & Highlights

New Scholarship! Daniel Keil Service for Water Legacy Scholarship Created

PNCWA’s ability to support promising students in the water environment fields has received a huge boost thanks to the generosity of the Daniel Keil family. The gift of $21,000, to establish the Daniel Keil Service for Water Legacy Scholarship, was made on behalf of Daniel Keil and his estate, by sons David and John Keil. The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time college student in pursuit of a career in a water environment field who combines academic promise with a demonstrated commitment to service.

David and John said, “This scholarship is especially dear to us considering our father’s nearly 40 years of service in water professional organizations, including the National Rural Water Association and Montana Rural Water Systems, his founding roles in the Tiber County Water District and the North Central Montana Regional Water Authority, and his time as a volunteer in Sierra Leone in the Peace Corps’ first year.”

Daniel Keil taught various subjects as one of the original Peace Corps volunteers in Sierra Leone in western Africa, and he was involved in several other volunteer organizations in the late 20th century, including nearly 40 years of service to water professional organizations. As a young man, he was a founder of the Tiber County Water District and the Montana Rural Water Systems, and later, he was a founder of the North Central Montana Regional Water Authority. Dan’s political engagements involved regular visits to Capitol Hill to promote rural water issues, including Congressional testimony on specific legislation of interest to rural water districts.



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.

Operator named scholarships that accept applications 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 hiking, 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 contribute 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.

The UBOS Challenge:
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

Please help PNCWA invest in the future of Water Quality. 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. Make a tax-deductible donation here.

Five scholarships totaling $7,500 were awarded in 2017, 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 2017, and from the scholarship fund’s inception in 2010, a total of $37,500 in PNCWA scholarships has been awarded. Thanks to the generous support of PNCWA members, the PNCWA scholarship funds now total nearly $75,000 in 2018!

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.  And 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.
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

Kevin Dour, Chair