The Write Stuff: Creative Writing Announces $15 Million Planned Gift Print
The Creative Writing Program at the UW has been promised an estimated $15 million, the largest bequest ever made to the College of Arts & Sciences, the college announced Sept. 28.

“This planned gift from the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Foundation will mean appointment of more award-winning writers as faculty, and additional recruitment of the very best students,” says Ron Irving, interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

The Creative Writing Program, already among the top 10 in the country, will eventually be named for Grace Milliman Pollock. The gift is the fourth in a series of Pollock gifts that began 24 years ago.

“I just think the University is a wonderful institution. My four brothers and I all went to the U. We also grew up in the area, and care a lot about it,” says Grace Pollock, 87, widow of S. Wilson Pollock.

Grace Pollock’s father, Loren Milliman, taught both mathematics and creative writing at the UW.

The foundation’s earlier gifts to the University include the Milliman Scholarship in Creative Writing, whose holders have included alumnus David Guterson, ’78, ’82, author of Snow Falling on Cedars. Other gifts include the Milliman Writer-in-Residence Fund and the Pollock Endowment for Excellence in English, which support award-winning authors Heather McHugh and Charles Johnson; and the Wendell Alfred Milliman Endowment for Mathematics, named after Grace Pollock’s brother.