The Education for Operators Scholarship

The Umpqua Basin Operators Section (UBOS) has established this scholarship in the amount of $1,500. This scholarship is intended for an operator seeking a 1-year certification program or a student enrolled in a 2-year program. This scholarship will be awarded in the amount necessary for the program in which the applicant is enrolled up to $1,500.

Education for Operators Scholarship Requirements

  • The applicant must enroll as a full-time student (by September of the award year) that allows them to pursue a professional career as an operator in the water environment field.
  • Applicant must be attending or accepted to enroll in either a 1-year certification program or a 2-year institution pursuing an Associate’s degree. (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.)
  • Official proof or transcript of grades from high school or college.
  • Essay on career goals related to the water environment.
  • 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.
  • Examples of volunteer community service and/or extracurricular activities
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Idaho, Oregon, or Washington
  • 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.
  • 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.)

Education for Operators Scholarship Selection Criteria

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

Education for Operators Scholarship Additional Information

  • Number of Awards: variable
  • Award Amount: $1,500 (maximum)
  • This scholarship is intended for operators and excludes other professionals in the water environment field