Undergraduate Academic Affairs
March 18, 2010
University of Washington program funds undergraduates for research and leadership
The Mary Gates Endowment for Students at the University of Washington has announced a total of 112 awardees for its respected scholarship program. The applicants were selected to receive the award for their work on research and leadership projects.
A highly competitive scholarship program, the Mary Gates Endowment for Students promotes undergraduate scholars through financial and community support in research projects and leadership building experiences. This year, over 500 University of Washington applicants from across disciplines were judged on their quality of experience, academic achievements and growth in their fields. Following extensive review by University of Washington faculty, only the most outstanding candidates were selected to receive the award.
This latest offering of scholarships supported a range of leadership and research projects, from analyzing mutation rates in cancerous cells, to the development of a non-profit organization that supports families with special needs children. Many of the scholars’ projects are focused on tackling real world issues relevant both in our local communities and on a global scale. The Endowment hopes to foster these students and their aspirations in their continued commitment to leadership and research.
Founded in 1995 by Bill and Melinda Gates in honor of Bill’s mother, Mary Maxwell Gates, the Mary Gates Endowment for Students is one of the largest endowments at the University of Washington. Built on the vision of creating a community of engaged citizens acting as both leaders and scholars, all proceeds of the endowment are dedicated exclusively to the undergraduate scholarship program.