Eileen Bjorkman graduated from the University of Washington in 1979 with a bachelors degree in Computer Science. After working for a year in the private sector, she joined the Air Force and spent thirty years as an officer, retiring in 2010 as a colonel. During her career the Air Force sent her to school many times, to include a BS and MS in Aeronautical Engineering. She is also a flight test engineer graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School. After retiring from the Air Force she earned her PhD in Systems Engineering. No matter how much education she received, she always believed that her first degree from the UW laid the foundation that allowed her to excel in her later academic and career pursuits. She established this scholarship to ensure that other young people can obtain an education that will open doors to a lifetime of opportunities. (Eileen Bjorkman received the Paul G. Allen School Alumni Impact Award in 2018.)
This scholarship is available only to students currently enrolled as Computer Science or Computer Engineering majors at the University of Washington.