The Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity

Our Mission, Values & Vision


The Mary Gates Endowment expands opportunities for undergraduates by providing research, leadership, venture, and honors scholarships that ask students to articulate their goals, identify mentors, reflect on their experiences, and actively engage in their own learning processes. We facilitate community building among Mary Gates Scholars to enhance their experiences as scholars and leaders through unique opportunities, social activities, and events.



We provide support that allows students to explore their developing goals and ideas.

Community Investment

Through application, selection, and mentoring processes and through student-designed projects, the UW and the community beyond it participate in students’ growth and share in the benefits of the Endowment.


We provide students with information and guidance that helps them to identify learning opportunities and with financial flexibility so that they can use their time and attention to pursue research, leadership and independent innovative projects.


We consider where funding can make the greatest impact – in the student’s personal and intellectual development, in the opportunities available to the student, and to the creation of knowledge and social benefit.


We envision a time when every UW student can imagine becoming a Mary Gates Scholar – someone who is engaged as a citizen, leader, scholar, mentor – honoring the legacy of Mary Maxwell Gates and her family.

This evolving and growing community of Mary Gates Scholars, students and alumni, will take advantage of opportunities to connect with and learn from each other and to complete the circle – giving back by mentoring others, providing knowledge and guidance to others in pursuit of graduate education and career, and joining philanthropic efforts to increase the number of learning opportunities like theirs that can be offered to undergraduate students.