Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Class of 1962 Endowed Scholarship

The Class of 1962 Endowed Scholarship was developed to commemorate the 1962 alumni’s collective experience at UW. Their generous gifts fund this scholarship in honor of their 50th Reunion and the 150th Anniversary of UW! The donors to this endowment, members of the University of Washington Class of 1962, wish to fund “the gap”: the growing number of middle-class students, many of whom do not qualify for federal funding or Husky Promise and must take out student loans and work full- or part-time to support their education.

The Class of 1962 Endowed Scholarship provides financial assistance to current undergraduate students at the University of Washington who are Washington State residents with demonstrated academic merit, leadership and service.

2020-21 Scholars

RD Pant

Class of 2022, Neuroscience major

I’m originally from Nepal, and love to cook and eat Nepali food! I also enjoy powerlifting and learning guitar in my free time. At the University of Washington, I am majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Applied Math. My interest in studying the brain emerged as I volunteered in a hospital and worked as a nursing assistant in a nursing home. I cared for people who could not recognize themselves, talk to their family, or use their limbs freely due to neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and epilepsy. As I talked to patients and their families, I deeply connected with their stories of suffering, and with the joy they felt at the smallest signs of recovery. At the same time, I became increasingly puzzled by the inner workings of the brain, and wanted to explore how it gave rise to the daily experiences that we often take for granted and that these patients were stripped of.

Currently, I work as an undergraduate researcher at the Bai Lab in Fred Hutch and am investigating the neurogenetic mechanisms underlying distraction. I also coordinate the TriBeta Tutoring program, which provides free biology tutoring to students from all backgrounds.

Throughout my time at the UW, I have developed a deep interest in healthcare, research, and education. In the future, I plan to pursue a career as a physician-scientist to help neurological patients recover and to investigate the underlying nature of their conditions.

RD’s near and long-term goals:

After completing my Neuroscience degree, I will pursue an MD/PhD program to get trained as a physician-scientist. I hope to use my training to help uncover the nature of certain neurological and psychiatric conditions, and to aid patients suffering from these conditions.

RD’s advice for future applicants:

I would advise interested students to start their applications early and receive feedback from OMSFA advisers. Building a narrative of your academic and extracurricular experiences and relating them to your overall career goals can be challenging. But receiving early feedback can truly make a difference in crafting a good story.

Dominick Ta

Class of 2022, Computer Science major

Born and raised in South Seattle by Vietnamese and Teochew refugees, Dominick is a Public Policy & International Affairs fellow and an undergraduate majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Diversity and Education, Learning, & Society at the University of Washington. As a strong proponent of the concept of ‘funds of knowledge’, he draws on his lived experiences, coursework, friends, and family for the work he does both in school and within the community.

Upon arrival at the University of Washington, Dominick became involved in Southeast Asian student advocacy with the Rising SEAs Delegation. In his second year, he became Fundraising Chair for the Khmer Student Association where he was able to organize a scholarship program for Khmer high school students. These experiences inspired Dominick to pursue his minors where he’d be able to learn more about the histories of his friends and family, and how these histories intersect with present day issues.

Now in his junior year, Dominick is an undergraduate research assistant in the Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) Lab and a volunteer for the Seattle Community Network, a community-led project that seeks to democratize Internet access and empower marginalized communities. Falling into the intersection of several of his studies and interests, Dominick works on web development, social media, community partnership building, and curriculum development with the Seattle Community Network.

Dominick’s near and long-term goals:

Looking into the near future, Dominick hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Computer Science where he would be able to continue his work on building and sustaining community networks. As a long-term goal, Dominick hopes to sustain the energy to be a lifelong learner, unlearner, and advocate.

Dominick’s advice for future applicants:

Always be open to new opportunities and pursue them, even if you’re not sure it’s for you. When you find something you’re passionate about, or something you enjoy, pursue it! When the time comes, use applications and personal statements as opportunities to authentically reflect on your journey, what you’ve learned, and where you hope to go.

Previous Class of 1962 Scholarship Recipients

2019 - 2020

Robert Williams

Class of 2020, Neuroscience major

I’m a born and bred Texan from El Paso. I am a huge Star Wars fan as well as a comic book geek. I love learning about chess and watching the grandmasters play. I currently go to school full-time at the University of Washington and am an Undergraduate Researcher in both the Department of Pharmacology and the Department of Neurosurgery at the UWSOM. During my freshman year, I gained 1,200 hours as an emergency medical technician (EMT) on the back of the ambulance and learned a ton about emergency medicine. Currently, I work as a Medical Scribe in the Emergency Department at Swedish Edmonds Hospital and continue to learn from the physicians and all of the staff there. Upon completing my degree in Neuroscience, I will attend medical school and pursue my dream of becoming a physician. My love and passion for the medical field is driven by my fascination of the brain as well as the magnificent anatomical structures of the body.

Robert’s Tips for Future Applicants: Show your passion for your experiences and accomplishments! Let your personality shine

2018 - 2019

Kim Anh Tran

Senior, Public Health-Global Health major

Kimanh Tran is a rising senior studying Public Health – Global Health. She is a community leader, researcher, and advocate for minority populations in the greater Seattle community. She has conducted research by analyzing heat and air quality related risk communications made by news media for ethnic minority (Vietnamese, Somali, and Spanish speaking) communities in King County, WA during the summer of 2017.

Kim believes strongly in advocating for more diverse healthcare professionals and hopes to work within community outreach programs. This year, she and students from the Students of Color for Public Health (SCPH) convened an Anti-Racism and Community Health Conference that unpacked the various intersectionalities, such as race and racism, to understand various social factors that affect our health. As she brought together various individuals from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, University of Michigan professors, physicians, graduate students, and more, their perspectives gave students of color an opportunity to reflect on their identities and amplify their voices to pursue careers in social justice and public health.

Not only does she research and lead, but she takes the time to mentor undergraduate students from the Washington Opportunity Scholars program, is a Peer Health Educator on campus, and is a peer teaching assistant for undergraduate Chemistry courses. She has a range of skills from different internships, programs, and experiences that have cultivated who she is at the University of Washington. She is excited to represent the school as the Class of 1962 Endowed Scholarship recipient, and will continue to actively pursue many more opportunities to alleviate any financial burdens her family faces.

Kim’s advice for future applicants:
For any applications, programs, or scholarships that I apply to, I organize these opportunities using a google spreadsheet. It’s important to stay organized when completing various applications, and balancing school, work, extra-curricular activities, and other personal obligations. As you start to write the application, tell your story authentically and in an organized manner, but be as clear as you can. This means explicitly answering the question, and don’t be afraid to state: “My future goals are…”, “I hope to gain…”, “Leadership to me means..”, etc. Frequently answer the questions with examples, narratives, and stories about your lived experiences.

2017 - 2018

Alanda Edmondson

Senior, English and Classical Studies major

2016 - 2017

Clara Manahan

Junior, Political Science; Law, Societies & Justice majors

Clara Manahan

Clara Manahan is a junior studying Law, Societies, and Justice and Communications. Born and raised in Seattle, Clara has always been interested in how cities function and the ways that politics, education, and government institutions impact individual lives. Before beginning at the University of Washington, she knew that she wanted to serve others—she just didn’t yet know how. Now, Clara’s academic interests focus on criminal justice, the school-to-prison pipeline, and how media shapes public consciousness. She has come to find an incredible home in the Law, Societies, and Justice program and is constantly challenged to think more critically about how to make the world we live in a more loving and just place.

Clara is also involved on and off campus in a variety of ways. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, Mortar Board Honor Society, and Huskies for Opportunities in Prison Education (HOPE). In her time at UW, she has helped conduct research on the juvenile justice system in King County and currently serves as a volunteer with University Beyond Bars at the Monroe Correctional Complex. She truly believes in the transformative power of education and is happy to be part of a community that encourages lifelong learning.

In her free time, Clara can be found reading (for fun), grabbing coffee with her family, or taking a walk with friends. She loves History Channel documentaries and doesn’t mind if everyone knows it. She loves hearing people’s stories and earnestly hopes that her future career will allow her to keep learning, challenge systems of injustice, and help people.

2015 - 2016

Eliseo Banda Gonzalez

Senior, Sociology major

Eliseo Banda Gonzalez

I emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico with my family in 1997 at the age of 6. Upon our arrival to the city of Corpus Christi, Texas, my dad soon took up a job picking cotton in the fields to support us. Although reluctant at first, and with a great desire to go back home to Mexico where I left behind friends and family, I quickly assimilated much of the American culture that was before me: the language, the customs, and of course, the food. About three months later my parents decided to move to the state of Washington in search of better economic prospects.

Since then, we have resided in the city of Bellevue, the place we now call our home. Throughout my adolescence and teenage years, college wasn’t something I had ever really thought about. My parents encouraged me to do well in school, but it was hard for them to tangibly help me on homework and school projects simply because they often were not home as they would often work 2 to 3 jobs in order to provide for our family. Seeing them come home after work as exhausted as they were day after day, brought me to the realization that they were making all these sacrifices for my siblings and I. I understood that I could never really repay everything that they had done for us but I strongly believed that the best thing I could do was to go to college, earn a degree and pave the way for my two younger siblings to follow. Currently my brother attends Western University where he hopes to earn a degree in Business administration, my ‘baby’ sister, a sophomore at Sammamish High School, hopes to go to Stanford and plans on being an immigration lawyer in the future.