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Gates Volunteer Service Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Gates Volunteer Service Award. To learn more about the criteria and to nominate someone, please visit the nomination page. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2015.

Micki and Bob Flowers, 2014 Gates Volunteer Service Award recipients

Micki and Bob Flowers

“The UW launched us,” says Micki Flowers, ’73, who met her future husband, Bob, on campus. Her journalism career, which spanned 31 years at KIRO TV, began at The Daily. Bob, ’65, ’68, credits his long career at Washington Mutual to his studies in the Evans School of Public Affairs.

Grateful for the UW’s shaping influence in their lives, these Husky sweethearts have since transformed it through their long-term leadership and advocacy. In recognition of their profound impact, the UW Foundation has honored Micki and Bob with the 2014 Gates Volunteer Service Award.

The couple devotes tremendous time, talent and energy to programs ranging from Husky sports to the Department of Communication. Fervent champions of graduate education, they have established several fellowships, including an endowment for the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation.

“In all their efforts, Micki and Bob recognize the need for graduate fellowships that enhance diversity,” says Jerry Baldasty, senior vice provost for Academic and Student Affairs. “Because of them, the UW increasingly represents the changing nature of American life and culture.”

Micki and Bob were deeply influenced by their families, leaders and role models who put stock in actions rather than words. “You always get more back than you give,” says Micki. “We’re blessed to live in a community that appreciates volunteers, where people are willing to link arms with us.”

Watch the GVSA video

This video is a profile of the Flowers and highlights their many contributions over the years to the University of Washington.

View the GVSA artwork

The image below is a close-up of the artwork presented to Micki and Bob Flowers at UW’s Thirteenth Annual Recognition Gala. Their portrait is surrounded by images that represent some of the areas of their UW involvement — from their time as students to today as volunteers and supporters. Portrait by Kate Sweeney, Illustrator, UW Creative.

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More about the Gates Volunteer Service Award

The Gates Volunteer Service Award is presented annually by the University of Washington and the UW Foundation to recognize and honor individuals whose long-term volunteer efforts of time, service and philanthropy have encouraged others to similarly support the University of Washington.

Recipients of the Gates Volunteer Service Award exemplify the highest standards of service to the University of Washington modeled by the singular vision and generosity of the William H. Gates family, whose volunteer service, commitment of time and philanthropy continues to advance the work of the UW in profound and enduring ways. Read more about the Gates family’s support of the University of Washington.

First presented in 2002, the award follows the tradition of the long-standing UW Recognition Award, initiated in 1976. It is one of the most distinguished accolades bestowed by the UW.

View previous Gates Volunteer Service Award recipients

View the UW Recognition Award recipients