Office of the President

December 9, 2009

Statement regarding the governor’s supplemental budget proposal


Like all who rely on state funding to serve the needs of our citizens, we are deeply concerned about the impacts of the governor’s supplemental budget proposal on our state and, most importantly, our students. Just when you think things can’t get worse, they do.

Losing half of our state’s nationally-recognized need-grant program will shut out thousands of our state’s finest students from a chance at a college degree and a better future.

Without the state need-grant program, Husky Promise scholarships would be severely curtailed, and the 7,000 students who are able to attend the UW because of these scholarships would be unable to continue. Higher education would become a luxury only the well-to-do could afford.

The further erosion of state support for the UW will make it even harder for us to meet the educational needs of our students. No one—the governor, the Legislature or the University—can control the economy. But we also cannot afford to decimate critical programs and opportunities for our state’s students.

Even during a long, hard winter you can’t eat your seed corn. It is time for the Legislature and the governor to look for additional revenue sources to help moderate these unacceptable impacts on our state’s citizens.

  • Diane Reincke

    I will graduate next quarter from UW and believe all current UW students must find a way for our peers who might be shut out from completing their higher education to remain in UW to get their degree. It would be a terrible thing for students to owe on a school loan (supplementing grants in some cases)without even being able to get the degree in the first place. There must also be a kind of buddy system in these dire times where we can help others in need get the education we did…

  • Teresa Linh Ta

    To whom it may concern:

    Hi, my name is Teresa Linh Ta and I am currently one of the seven thousand students at the University of Washington with the Husky Promise Scholarship. Growing up in along Rainier Avenue, I have seen it all. For eighteen years, I have been around many people who have given up on higher education because their families could give proper funding for their children. Prior to receiving the Husky Promise, I was one of those kids. Coming from immigrant parents, higher education was not possible without scholarships like the Husky Promise. Like many parents, my parents support my thirst for knowledge; however, it would not be possible without the assistance of the Husky Promise. With parents struggling to pay the bills, higher education would be out of my future if budget cuts strip away the only funds I have for higher education.

    At a young age, both my parents have escaped the hardships of the Vietnam War and have they never had the chance to finish high school, let alone middle school. I am the first in my family to graduate high school and receive higher education. Now, as I sit in a lecture hall with two hundred other individuals, it surprises me how many people are not first generation as I am. It is the only thing I have ever known. I have only known those who have similar backgrounds and histories as I have. It was today when I asked someone in lecture if they had the Husky Promise, and they answered, “No. Isn’t that for really low income, minority students?” Both are exactly what I am. I am not the richest person; however, I do share a desire to obtain higher education like any other student at the University of Washington, yet, it is a bit more out of reach without the financial assistance that I have been given.

    Coming to the University of Washington on the Husky Promise, it has been one of the greatest anyone could have given me. It has given me the glimpse of hope that my aspirations are within reach, however, if the funds are taken away, I do not know if that would be possible. So I am asking the legislation to please reconsider revoking the Husky Promise because it gives myself and many others a chance to advance our education without the burden on our families. Many of us are the sons and daughters of immigrants who have traveled across seas to give their children a chance to live the life they never had. So, please do not take away the funds from the seven thousand students who need it most. Please let our educational goals become a reality rather than something we can only aspire to reach because of a lack in funds.

    Yours truly,
    Teresa Linh Ta