Brian Yamasaki came to the University of Washington as an undergraduate in the early 1980's with the intention of pursuing a degree in business. After a short while, he became captivated by the vitality and intelligence of the faculty and students on campus. He took a Computer Science course out of curiosity and found he just couldn't stop. He had been bit with the "technology bug." Brian cites the intelligence of the students and instructors in Computer Science & Engineering as inspiration for him to work twice as hard to achieve his full potential. In 1986, he graduated with two bachelors degrees, one in Computer Science and one in Business Administration.

Brian Yamasaki strongly believes that the UW is at the heart of innovation and academic excellence in the Pacific Northwest. He also understands that at the core of every great University are the students that will set standards, challenge conventions, and ultimately contribute to society. Brian hopes this scholarship will help attract and nurture the best and brightest students to study methods, ask hard questions, create new solutions, and become the next great leaders in technology, whether in academia or industry. Brian enjoys his many connections and conversations with undergraduates as they journey through their education.

This scholarship will be awarded to entering freshmen or entering transfer students in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Award amounts vary. Selection is based on demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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