The Neil E. Eney Jr. Veteran's Endowed Fund was established in 2012 to honor Neil's generous spirit and to help veterans attend the University of Washington in Computer Science & Engineering or Electrical Engineering.
Neil was born in Seattle, Washington on February 21, 1938. He graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1956 and immediately enlisted in the Navy. His 20-year Naval career took him to bases in New England, Virginia, California, and Hawaii, where he met his wife, Page. He served on five different destroyers during his military career, which included three West-Pac cruises during the Vietnam War. His specialty was that of Sonarman. He moved from the enlisted class ranks to officer during his time in the service.
After retiring from the Navy in June of 1976, Neil returned to the Seattle area. With assistance from the Vietnam Era GI Bill, he attended the UW. He graduated cum laude in 1980, achieving a BS in Business Administration. At university, the technical skills he acquired in the Navy led Neil to specialize in what was then a brand new field, business computing. Upon graduating, he went to work for Sundstrand Data Corporation, an avionics manufacturer famous for their "Black Boxes". In 1987 he went to Boeing where he worked as a system administrator in support of Boeing Phantom Works and other defense and space based projects. Neil retired from Boeing in 2005.
After retiring, Neil focused his time on playing golf as much as possible, enjoying time with his family, and visiting with his friends at the local Starbucks. In the last few years if you were looking for Neil, he would be on the golf course, at Starbucks, tinkering in his garage or volunteering his time to help non-profits maintain their computer systems. He was not afraid of embracing the most recent technological wonders.
Neil was a generous and loving man. His beautiful smile stayed with him even during the last year, which was very challenging for him as he valiantly fought his lung cancer diagnosis. Neil was an active member of his church, a proud veteran, an avid golfer, an adoring and beloved husband, and a proud father of his two children.
Donations in Neil's honor are still being accepted. His family and friends are half way to their goal and hope to meet the endowed amount by 2016.
This scholarship is available only to those students currently enrolled as a Computer Science or Computer Engineering major here at the University of Washington.