Scholarship Applications

The Oregon APWA Scholastic Foundation offers a variety of scholarships intended to promote and expand educational opportunities and vocational skills in public works and to support the development of public works professionals. This web page provides detailed information and application forms (in pdf format) for specific scholarship opportunities. For more information contact Chapter Scholarship Chair Laurie Allen.

The Oregon APWA Scholastic Foundation currently offers the following 16 scholarships totaling $25,500 at specific colleges and universities:

College or UniversityAmountName or Type of Scholarship
Clackamas Community College$750Civil Engineering, Transfer, Drinking Water, Wastewater or GIS
George Fox University$3000Civil Engineering
Lane Community College$750Merle Langley Memorial Scholarship
Oregon Institute of Technology$3,000Civil Engineering
Oregon State University$3000Civil Engineering/Geomatics
Oregon State University$1500Civil Engineering, Allen A. Alsing Scholarship
Oregon State University$1000Civil Engineering, Sustainability, Ron Polvi Scholarship
Oregon State University$1000Kurt Corey Tribute Scholarship
Oregon State University$500Environmental Engineering, Schut Scholarship
Portland Community College$750Public Works
Portland State University$3000Civil Engineering/Geomatics/Geotechnical
Portland State University$2000Michael Lindberg Scholarship
Southwestern Oregon Community College$750Forestry/Natural Resources
Umpqua Community College$750Civil Engineering Technology or Civil Engineering Transfer 
University of Portland$3000Civil Engineering
Walla Walla Community College$750Les Lyle Memorial Scholarship (Oregon students only)

The following five scholarships totaling more than $6,800** rotate among several colleges and universities. Information on where these scholarships are offered is available by clicking on the link for a specific scholarship:

Scholarship Name or TypeAmount
APWA/Asphalt Paving Association of Oregon Civil Engineering Scholarship$2500*
APWA/Asphalt Paving Association of Oregon Civil Engineering Scholarship$2500*
Oregon APWA Veterans Scholarship$1000**
Oregon APWA Past Presidents Scholarship$1000
Dan Boss Public Works Continuing Education Scholarshipvaries
*funded jointly by Oregon APWA and APAO  **starting in 2019

Featured Scholarships

Engineering Scholarships

Public Administration Scholarships

Community College Scholarships

Featured Scholarships

New scholarships in 2018 at the university level include the $1,000 Kurt Corey Tribute Scholarship to a civil engineering student enrolled at Oregon State University , and two APAO/APWA $2,500 Civil Engineering scholarships jointly funded by Oregon APWA and the Asphalt Paving Association of Oregon that are offered to civil engineering students on a rotational basis at various campuses throughout Oregon. Our Chapter welcomes two new community college campuses to our scholarship roster this year.  Civil engineering students at Portland Community College and Clackamas Community College can now apply for a $750 scholarship.

Beginning in 2016, Oregon APWA is offering the Dan Boss Public Works Continuing Education Scholarship.This scholarship was established to recognize and financially assist individuals who are interested in continuing their education in the pursuit of a degree or certification to advance their career in the field of Public Works. The Dan Boss scholarship provides potential multiple scholarships up to a total of $500 in each calendar year.

The Oregon APWA Scholastic Foundation continues to offer two scholarships that rotate among Oregon colleges and universities. The Veterans of the United States Military Commemorative Scholarship, which has been raised to $1000 starting in school year 2019-2020, is awarded to a military veteran pursuing a public works career at certain Oregon institutions of higher education and who honorably served in any of the five branches of the United States military including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. The $1000 Past Presidents Scholarship is funded by past presidents of Oregon APWA.

Engineering Scholarships

Each year the American Public Works Association (APWA) Oregon Chapter Scholastic Foundation awards scholarships to civil engineering students at the Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University and Portland State University.  The scholarships were established to recognize and financially assist civil engineering students who are interested in pursuing a career in the broad field of Public Works. Here are the application forms for engineering scholarships:

George Fox University    ($3,000 Civil Engineering)

George Fox University    ($2,500 APAO / APWA Civil Engineering)

Oregon Institute of Technology  ($3,000 Civil Engineering)

Kurt CoreyOregon State University    ($1,000 Kurt Corey Tribute) (read Kurt's bio)

Oregon State University  ($2,500 APAO / APWA Civil Engineering)

Oregon State University    ($500 Don and Cathy Schut Environmental Engineering)

Oregon State University     ($1,000 Ron Polvi Sustainability)

Oregon State University     ($1,500 Allen A. Alsing Civil Engineering) (read Allen's bio)

Oregon State University     ($3,000 Civil Engineering / Geomatics Scholarship

Portland State University    ($3,000 Civil Engineering / Geomatics / Geotechnical)

University of Portland   ($3,000 Civil Engineering)

Eligibility (see individual application forms for specific conditions)

Full-time civil engineering students who have achieved junior standing in Civil Engineering at the beginning of the academic year of the award will be considered for the scholarship.  Students who receive the award during their junior year will again be eligible for the award during their senior year, assuming they maintain eligibility for the scholarship.  Course work must be taken at the school where the scholarship is awarded. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria

Junior or senior standing at the beginning of the academic year of the award.
Student enrolled in a civil engineering program working toward a Bachelor of Science degree.
Demonstrated financial need for the scholarship.
United States citizen or legal U.S. Resident
Four-year resident of the State of Oregon.

Procedure

Complete the Biographical Data Form provided by the Civil Engineering Department and deliver to the department.  Be sure that your application includes the following information:   academic achievement (GPA), employment experience, student activities, community service, financial resources, and long term career goals.
Selection of the recipient shall be made by the Civil Engineering Department, subject to the concurrence of the APWA Oregon Chapter Scholastic Foundation Board.
Awards will be disbursed one-half at the beginning of the fall term, and one-half at the beginning of winter term.

Department recommendations and supporting biographical data and transcripts must be submitted to the APWA Scholarship Committee by May 14, 2018.  Awards will be announced in August 2018.

Public Administration Scholarships

Michael Lindberg Scholarship - Portland State University    ($2,000 Scholarship)

The Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) will award a scholarship to a student enrolled in the Public Administration program in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University.  The scholarship is named for former Portland City Commissioner Michael Lindberg, and was established to recognize and financially assist students who are interested in pursuing a career in Public Works Administration.  The amount for the current academic year is $2000.

Students who have achieved graduate standing at the beginning of the academic year of the award will be considered for the scholarship.  Students who have completed 30 credits within the MPA program will again be eligible for the award during a subsequent year, provided they maintain eligibility for the scholarship.  Course work must be taken at Portland State University. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria

Graduate standing at the beginning of the academic year of the award.
Student enrolled in a program working toward a Master of Public Administration degree, with major interest in public works administration.
Academic achievement.
Demonstrated financial need for the scholarship.
United States citizen or legal U.S. resident; 4-year resident of the State of Oregon.

Procedure

Complete the Biographical Data Form provided by the College of Urban and Public Affairs and deliver it to the Public Administration department.  Be sure that your application includes the following information: academic achievement (GPA), employment experience, student activities, community service, financial resources, long term career goals, and three letters of recommendation, at least one of which shall be from a public works professional.

Selection of the recipient shall be based on department recommendation, subject to the concurrence of the Oregon Chapter APWA Executive Board. Awards will be disbursed one-half during fall term, and one-half at the beginning of winter term. College recommendations and supporting biographical data and transcripts must be submitted to the APWA Scholarship Committee by the specified deadline.

2018-2019 Community College Scholarships

Unless otherwise noted, community college scholarships are $750 each, half distributed in the fall term and the other half distributed in the winter term.

Clackamas Community College   ($750 Civil Engineering/Engineering Transfer/GIS) 

Merle Langley Memorial Scholarship - Lane Community College   ($750 Merle Langley Scholarship) 

Portland Community College    ($750 Civil Engineering Technology or Civil Engineering Transfer Program

Southwestern Oregon Community College ($750 Forestry / Natural Resources)

Umpqua Community College     ($750 Civil Engineering Technology or Civil Engineering Transfer) 

Walla Walla Community College   ($750 Les Lyle Memorial Scholarship) 

Walla Walla Community College     ($1,000 Past Presidents) 

Les LyleLes Lyle Memorial Scholarship

This $750 scholarship has been established in memory of Les Lyle, who attended Blue Mountain Community College, obtained a degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University, and went on to become City Engineer of Eugene, Oregon.  The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize and financially assist BMCC students who are interested in pursuing a career in civil engineering or in the field of public works.
Les Lyle Memorial Scholarship - Walla Walla Community College

Merle LangleyMerle Langley Memorial Scholarship
This $750 scholarship has been established in memory of Merle Langley. Merle Langley was a founding member of the Oregon Chapter APWA and was instrumental in establishing the scholarship program we have today. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize and financially assist Lane Community College students who are interested in pursuing a career in civil engineering or in the field of Public Works.
Merle Langley Memorial Scholarship - Lane Community College

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