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ENDOWMENT DISTRIBUTIONS BY PURPOSE / AS OF JUNE 30, 2015

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Annual Contributions
by Donor Type

FISCAL YEAR 2014–2015

IN FISCAL YEAR 2015, YOU AND 107,376 GENEROUS DONORS CONTRIBUTED $448,719,680 IN SUPPORT OF STUDENTS, FACULTY, PROGRAMS AND FACILITIES TO THE UNIVERSITY’S CONSTITUENT PROGRAMS.

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Leading-Edge
Student Experience

Dear Benefactors,

My dream was always to study abroad and travel the world, but I continuously wrote it off, thinking it would be impossible with my financial situation. My sister and I were raised by a single mother, and we depended on government assistance. Even though going to college was a goal of mine, it seemed impossible because I simply couldn’t afford it.

In high school, I was fortunate to receive support from mentors through the UW’s Young Executives of Color program who believed in me and encouraged me to go to college. With their guidance, I applied to the University and received several scholarships, which allowed me to attend the UW without worrying about finances.

Because the University invested in me, I was able to complete internships at Boeing and KPMG, and take full advantage of the limitless opportunities at the UW — including living out my dream of traveling the world. I studied abroad in Brazil and participated in an exchange program in Germany through the Foster School of Business. My experience studying abroad made me realize I’m capable of doing what I set my mind to and inspired me to apply for a Fulbright grant to return to Brazil to teach English after graduating.

I was involved in leadership opportunities, guiding the next generation of Huskies as a board member of the Associated Students of the University of Washington and student ambassador in the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity. I also had the pleasure of working as a mentor for the same program that helped me find success at the UW — Young Executives of Color.

Your generosity has allowed me to achieve the goals I’d dismissed, and in turn, be a positive role model and inspiration for those who share a similar story.

With appreciation and awe,

kainen-sig

Kainen Bell

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KAINEN BELL

SENIOR, SOCIAL WELFARE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

HOMETOWN:
Tacoma, Washington

SUPPORTED BY:
Boeing Diversity Scholars Endowed Scholarship
Costco Diversity Scholarship
Global Business Opportunities Fund
Husky Promise Fund
Thomas M. and Lenore Y. Armstrong Endowed Fund

Innovation
mindset

Dear Supporters,

I grew up loving puzzle games. For me, engineering was a way to apply that passion for complex problem solving. At the UW, I’m able to solve problems that affect green energy on a global scale.

I joined the UW’s EcoCAR 2 team as a freshman in the mechanical engineering program, eager to add some practical experience to the concepts I’d learned inside the classroom and help come up with innovative answers to issues facing our environment. EcoCAR is a U.S. Department of Energy challenge that gives engineering students a platform to design and build energy-efficient vehicles.

My first project was manufacturing custom car parts designed by other students to hybridize a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. I moved up to designing my own parts, then earned a leadership role where I managed a crew of mechanical engineers. Thanks to our cutting-edge approach, our team took second place nationally at the EcoCAR 2 competition that year. I was proud, too, that I was one of many women on a winning team in a field where women are traditionally underrepresented — I always felt supported and encouraged by my classmates.

Certainly, none of this would have been possible without your support. I spent every spare hour I had outside the classroom working on EcoCAR — sometimes more than 20 hours a week. EcoCAR paved the way for my internship with truck manufacturer PACCAR and opened many doors for me in the automotive industry.

Because of your belief in my potential, I was able to focus on my studies and my student experience, and get a strong start in the working world.

With gratitude,

sylvie

Sylvie Troxel

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Sylvie Troxel

SENIOR, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

HOMETOWN:
Seattle, Washington

Friends of Washington NASA Space Grant
Mary Gates Endowed Scholarship
Professor James B. Morrison Endowed
Scholarship Fund in Mechanical Engineering

Public as a
philosophy

Dear Donors,

I joined the Dream Project as a volunteer my freshman year at the UW after being mentored by UW students myself. My mother passed away when I was a freshman at Ingraham High School, and through the program and its people, I was able to work through my loss and redefine my path. It was my experience with the Dream Project as a mentee that inspired me to pay it forward in my community by becoming a mentor.

Now I’m overseeing the operations of school partnerships and managing my Dream Project peers who are working in the classrooms, and together we’re helping future Huskies. In my role, I’ve been able to plan curricula and work with my classmates, which has been a great way to meet people and a huge part of my student experience.

Working with the Dream Project has given me a broader perspective of public education and the dynamics of access in King County’s school systems. And scholarships have afforded me the time and energy to make a difference. Thanks to you, I’ve had time to volunteer with outreach programs such as the Pipeline Project’s Alternative Spring Break, where I serve as a coordinator and teach environmental science to middle school students in rural Washington. My role also includes partnering with school district officials across the state to bring the Pipeline Project to new communities.

Next year, I will be working as a campus campaign coordinator for Teach for America, and I hope to work as a teacher one day, continuing to mentor and form relationships with students.

I don’t think I would have had this Husky experience if I hadn’t received financial support that has enabled me to give back to our community and focus on learning in — and outside — the classroom.

Thank you,

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Meili Powell

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MEILI POWELL

JUNIOR, EARLY CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY STUDIES

HOMETOWN:
Seattle, Washington

SUPPORTED BY:
BAVA Endowed Scholarship
Live the Dream Scholarship Endowment
Robert L. and Catherine M. Zesbaugh Endowed Scholarship Fund

Proven
impact

Dear Friends,

Part of what makes UW Medicine such an outstanding place to conduct research is the people. We’re privileged to live in a community where patients and their family members are highly altruistic and donate their time to clinical studies that are so necessary to advance medicine. We’re especially fortunate to have an extremely talented team of investigators as part of our Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of Washington, which builds on the foundation of this terrific research university.

UW Medicine simply wouldn’t be the same without the committed support from patients and their families, innovative researchers, and generous donors like you. Thanks to your support, the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center will begin a unique precision medicine project that could revolutionize care for Alzheimer’s worldwide.

My patient philosophy comes from the great physician William Osler, who said, “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” We think precision medicine — a model in which patients are genetically assessed for treatments that will work best for their individual conditions — is the key in the next wave of medical care and in finding a cure.

We’re extremely grateful for the research funding we have from the National Institutes of Health, but our commitment to this mission of advancing precision medicine would not be possible without the Ellison Foundation gift. Their generosity and yours will help UW Medicine continue to provide research expertise in the disease’s genetics and biomarkers, and a precision medicine approach to clinical trials that will help us save lives in Washington — and around the world.

Gratefully,

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Dr. Thomas Montine, M.D., Ph.D.

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DR. THOMAS MONTINE M.D., Ph.D.

PROFESSOR OF PATHOLOGY
DIRECTOR OF THE UW ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE RESEARCH CENTER

HOMETOWN:
Seattle, Washington

SUPPORTED BY:
Ellison Foundation
Nancy & Buster Alvord Endowed Chair in Neuropathology

Together Undaunted

Dear Friends,

Thank you for the groundbreaking, life-changing work you make possible at the University of Washington, and the tremendous impact that work has on our students, our community, our region and our world.

The true beauty of your philanthropy is how it emboldens the University of Washington’s worldwide leadership in research and scholarship. This year alone, private support has buoyed the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the Global Libraries Initiative and our new musical theater program, just to name a few. In total, your unwavering generosity added up to $449 million in private donations, creating boundless opportunities for the UW’s brilliant students, researchers and innovators.

Thanks to you, the UW is enabling students to focus on a world-class student experience, from studying abroad through 275 global education partnerships — not to mention UW centers in Rome and León — to interning at “global locals” such as Starbucks, Amazon and the Gates Foundation. And your gifts make these leading-edge experiences accessible: 55 percent of UW undergraduates receive financial aid and 59 percent of that aid is supported by grants and scholarships, ensuring students from all backgrounds have an opportunity to pursue their potential.

Your generosity means our faculty members are able to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. This year alone, our researchers pioneered discoveries like the “dynomak,” a fusion reactor that could crush our carbon footprint. They made waves with the Millennium Falcon, a robot exploring the ocean’s future as a renewable energy source. And they discovered how song and dance are effective tools for sharing HIV/AIDS information in remote communities in The Gambia.

University of Washington students and faculty are innovating new ideas and creative solutions across disciplines in medicine, art and education, bolstered by the confidence and compassion you demonstrate through your contributions. Thank you for partnering with the University, and thank you for your undaunted leadership as we work together to create a world of good.

Sincerely,

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ANA MARI CAUCE
UW President
jodi
JODI GREEN
Foundation Board Chair
connie
CONNIE KRAVAS
Foundation President
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PETE A. SHIMER
Foundation Board Vice Chair

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