The purpose of this endowment is to provide assistance to undergraduate students in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering.

Both Gary D. Kimura and Christine N. Kimura are native Seattleites. They received their undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Washington. Gary (CSE - BS ’78, MS ’82, PhD ‘84) was in the first class that received undergraduate computer science degrees from the University. He then continued on to earn a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science. Afterwards, Gary worked at Digital Equipment Corporation and then Microsoft where he was an original member of the Windows NT Operating System design team. In 1999 Gary returned to the University as an affiliate professor teaching the operating system design classes.

Christine (BS ’80, MS ’98) received her B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. She worked 21 years at Boeing in both the commercial and aerospace divisions before retiring in 2002.

In establishing this fund in 2008, it was the wish of Gary and Christine that this scholarship provide financial resources to allow students to attend the University of Washington, just as Gary had received assistance for his undergraduate education. They hope the students who receive assistance from this fund flourish and leave as proud graduates of the University of Washington.

Recipients shall be entering freshmen or transfer students who demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Office of Students Financial Aid. The award amount varies depending on the individual need of the recipients.

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