Mary Gates Endowment For Students

In Memoriam: Remembering Bill Gates Sr.

September 18, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to Bill Gates, Sr., a former UW regent and public servant. Many Mary Gates Scholar alumni will remember Regent Gates, who was a frequent participant in the annual Mary Gates Scholars Welcome Reception, and often attended the Spring Celebration of Leadership and Public Service and the Undergraduate Research Symposium to chat with students about their learning. At the Welcome Reception, he shared memories of his first wife, Mary Maxwell Gates, and in his humble way gave students advice for living a life of meaning and fulfillment. He enjoyed meeting the students who carry on the legacy of Mary Gates through their contributions to the world. We are thinking of the entire Gates family as we say goodbye to a man who lived a full and generous life, and whose leadership and kindness inspired all of us to be better.


Vice Provost and Dean, Ed Taylor Remembers Bill Gates Sr. 

The Life and Legacy of Bill Gates Sr. 

What We Do

The Mary Gates Endowment for Students supports University of Washington undergraduates to become independent learners and community leaders through research and leadership scholarship opportunities.

All UW undergraduates are invited to learn more about the Mary Gates scholarships and how the Mary Gates Endowment for Students can support your ambitions, creativity and efforts.

Dates & Deadlines

Winter 2021

Leadership Scholarship

Application Open: December 7, 2020
Application Deadline: January 26, 2021
Faculty Letter of Recommendation Deadline: January 28, 2021
Application Workshops: January 21, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Research Scholarship 

Application Open: December 7, 2020
Application Deadline: February 2, 2021
Faculty Letter of Recommendation Deadline: February 4, 2021
Application Workshops: January 26, 2021 at 4:30 PM

*All application workshops are virtually hosted sessions. Must RSVP to get access link.

Informational Sessions

Live ZOOM Session Dates:

December 15 @ 12:30 PM

December 17 @ 4:00 PM

January 6 @ 10:00 AM

January 7 @ 4:00 PM

January 12 @ 12:30 PM

January 14 @ 4:00 PM

January 19 @ 12:30 PM

January 21 @ 4:00 PM

January 26 @ 12:30 PM

January 28 @ 4:00 PM


* Zoom link to each session will be sent a day prior to all those who’ve RSVP’d