PNCWA Scholarship Program

The PNCWA Scholarship Program 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.

Legacy and Memorial Scholarships

Daniel Keil Service for Water Legacy Scholarship

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. 


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.

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