ARCS Foundation supports the power of scientific and technological education to drive positive change in our world. ARCS Foundation National partners with 51 premier US universities to provide financial awards to academically outstanding US citizens pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Seattle Chapter ARCS Foundation was founded in 1978, and to date has supported over 1,400 scholars with awards totaling more than $21.2 million.
In strategic partnership with the University of Washington and Washington State University, ARCS Foundation Seattle Chapter funds PhD students in the STEM disciplines, this year providing approximately $1.0 million to support 180 fellows. Sixty of these ARCS Scholar Awards are supported in perpetuity by named endowments currently holding more than $14 million in assets.
ARCS Foundation Seattle Chapter Scholar Awards give our universities a critical competitive edge in recruiting top graduate students. These highly capable individuals, selected by the universities, are catalysts who help build vibrant academic communities where teamwork, visionary insights, and creativity flourish. The contributions of ARCS Foundation alumni employed in high-profile organizations in Washington state and around the country testify to the vitality and value of ARCS Foundation’s mission.
Our dedicated and hardworking membership is committed to fostering the success of the next generation of scientific leaders and innovators.
Kirk A. Schulz, PhD, President of Washington State University
"With the support of ARCS Foundation, we have been able to provide assistance to some of our most talented doctoral students, allowing them to focus on the important challenges before them."
Ana Mari Cauce, PhD, President of University of Washington
"ARCS Foundation is a vital partner of the University of Washington as we seek to recruit the very best graduate students n the sciences and engineering."
Lee Huntsman, PhD, UW President Emeritus, Professor Emeritus
"The evidence is clear; ARCS Foundation and its mission, energy, and principles have led to a record of outstanding stewardship. ARCS Scholar Award donations are used very wisely and with high impact."