Photos: student and glacierEvery gift that the College receives makes a difference to our programs, students, and faculty. We’re happy to announce that the College received 17 gifts that qualified for a gift match offered through the UW. These gifts, $3 million in donor funds and matching funds of $1.5 million, will benefit funds across many units in the College!

One of the funds that has benefited from the matching campaign is the Doug Walker Endowed Faculty Fellowship in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, which honors the late Doug Walker, beloved founding co-chair of the College’s Advisory Board. Along with his wife Maggie, Doug was an instrumental advisor in the launching of the College, and the Walker family chose to establish this fellowship just a week before Doug’s tragic death. Read more about Doug’s impact of the College in a piece written by Dean Lisa Graumlich.

Please consider making a gift to the College. You can make a gift online via the UW Foundation website, by check, or via securities. We welcome gifts to a fund of your choice, or to any of our highlighted funds below:

  • SAFS Alumni Students First Endowed Fellowship: Alumni and friends join together to provide financial assistance to meritorious graduate and undergraduate students at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.
  • Friends of Washington NASA Space Grant: This fund supports scholarships, fellowships and student research opportunities at NASA and at member institutions, plus diverse projects that strengthen science, technology, engineering and math education at UW and throughout the state.
  • CoEnv Environmental Leadership Fund: To help determine the margin of excellence that keeps the education, research and public service programs in the College of the Environment among the best in the nation.

In addition to gifts to the College, grants from private foundations contribute to our research and scholarship. Recent grants include:

  • The Simons Foundation awarded Ginger Armbrust $1 million to support a cruise to study microbial life in the transition zones between ecosystems in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.
  • The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently announced a grant of $1 million to faculty in Earth and Space Sciences and Oceanography for study and monitoring of seismic activity along the Cascadia Subduction Zone Fault.
  • The Walton Family Foundation is helping faculty member Ray Hilborn collect fisheries data from Chile, Mexico, and Peru.
  • Alex Gagnon and team submitted a successful proposal to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to establish a new mass spectrometry center in the College.

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