Gus Waterford Memorial Scholarship

This year, the City of Portland proclaimed February 2018 to be known as the "Pioneer Black Firefighters of Portland Month." In conjunction with this historic proclamation, the Gus Waterford Memorial Scholarship was created at Portland Community College.

Augustus "Gus" Waterford was the first black firefighter to join the Portland Fire Bureau. He was stationed at Engine 6 beginning in 1890. While all firefighters are known for their bravery, it takes an extra level of courage to be the first person to break down a social barrier.

Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, the Portland Community College Foundation will award the first Gus Waterford Memorial Scholarship to a first-generation college student studying Fire Protection Technology at PCC. This scholarship will ensure that Gus Waterford’s legacy will live on.

To support this scholarship fund, you can make a gift using the form below or mail a check to the PCC Foundation at PCC Foundation | PO Box 19000 | Portland, OR 97280. Make checks payable to "PCC Foundation" and write "Gus Waterford Memorial Scholarship" in the memo line.

For questions about this scholarship fund, please contact the PCC Foundation at 971-722-4382 or