Private gifts and grants have an enormous impact on the lives of our students, faculty and programs.  We thank every one of our supporters, be they individuals, corporations, private foundations, organizations or community partners. You help ensure that the College of the Environment and all of its exceptional schools, departments, centers, programs and people, remain and grow as national and global leaders in education, research and outreach across a broad array of environmental fields. For more information on ways to make a gift, or programs you can support, please contact Marilyn Montgomery, Associate Dean for Advancement, at 206-221-0906 or

New Endowed Fellowship established to benefit graduate students in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Marine and Environmental Affairs

We are pleased to announce that donors Drs. Usha and S. Rao Varanasi have established the Usha and S. Rao Varanasi Endowed Fellowship in Environmental and Marine Stewardship.  This endowment will benefit graduate students in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and School of Marine and Environmental Affairs working at the intersection of policy development and the assessment of environmental impacts on natural resources caused by anthropogenic factors, including chemical or biological contamination. The endowment will also fund an annual Usha and S. Rao Varanasi Research Derby Award, to be given to the graduate student teams that perform best in the SAFS Research Derby. The establishment of this endowed fellowship continues a strong history of philanthropic support across campus from the Varanasis. They are also integral members of the UW community — Usha is an Affiliate Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, and Usha and Rao both earned their Ph.D.’s at UW – Usha in Chemistry, and Rao in Aeronautics and Astronautics. We are honored to be the recipients of their wonderful generosity, and look forward to awarding the first Varanasi Endowed Fellowships soon.

There are many opportunities to help support the College of the Environment. If you would like to help, please consider supporting the College through the fund of your choice, or through some of our highlighted funds:

Friday Harbor Labs Adopt-A-Student Program Fund: Supports Friday Harbor Labs students with tuition and living costs while studying at FHL

Friends of Atmospheric Sciences: Provides support for high priority opportunities advancing faculty research and student learning

College of the Environment Environmental Leadership Fund: Helps the College fund the margin of excellence, keeping the education, research, and public service programs among the best in the nation

To explore funds within the College of the Environment, visit the University of Washington Foundation website.