In 1990, under the leadership of Professor Richard Ladner, UW Computer Science & Engineering established an endowment to help support our commitment to a diverse student population. Fifteen years later, thanks to the generosity of faculty, staff, students, friends, and alumni who share this commitment, the endowment had grown to more than a quarter of a million dollars.

Denice Denton

In June 2006, CSE named the endowment to honor Denice Dee Denton, who served as Dean of the University of Washington College of Engineering from 1996-2005. Denice was an inspirational leader and a strong voice for social justice, diversity, and excellence. She possessed enormous measures of vision, courage, integrity, and backbone.

Denice left the University of Washington in 2005 to become Chancellor (president) of the University of California at Santa Cruz. She passed away under tragic circumstances on June 24, 2006.

The Denice Dee Denton Scholars in UW Computer Science & Engineering will serve as a lasting reminder of Denice: of her character, and of the principles for which she stood.


This scholarship is available only to students currently enrolled as Computer Science or Computer Engineering majors at the University of Washington.