Vicky L. Carwein and William B. Andrews Endowment for Graduate Programs
Eligibility and Guidelines
This award is awarded to students accepted into the University of Washington Tacoma's School of Engineering and Technology and is normally awarded for one academic year.
Be enrolled in a UW Tacoma School of Engineering and Technology graduate program the quarter of selection (i.e. Autumn 2023, Winter 2024, etc.). On leave status is not considered "enrolled."
Be in good academic, conduct, and disciplinary standing during the quarter of selection.
If awarded, good academic, disciplinary, and conduct standing is a prerequisite of receiving the fellowship.
Distributions of the Vicky L. Carwein and William B. Andrews Endowment can be used in the following ways:
Direct financial support and related expenses for distinguished Ph.D. students;
Broad based funding for SET graduate programs, which may include support of students engaged in mentored research projects, and/or educational programming that showcases student research in preparing UWT students for technology-focused careers
Subject to the availability of funds, an award may cover all or part of tuition and may also provide support for books, fees, and other educational expenses.
Recipients of direct financial awards are selected on the basis of academic merit.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying to be a Carwein-Andrews Distinguished Fellow, please contact your Faculty Advisor directly.
The Vicky L. Carwein and William B. Andrews Endowment for Graduate Programs provides endowed fellowship support for Ph.D. students and endowed research funding for graduate students in the School of Engineering and Technology.
Students who are awarded funding from this endowment are known as Carwein-Andrews Distinguished Fellows. These students are highly skilled and knowledgeable engineers, researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs who, in the tradition of the University of Washington, are people who not only dream of changing the world, they do it.
About Vicky L. Carwein and William B. Andrews
In 2001, Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein led the formation of the UW Tacoma Institute of Technology, the idea for which grew out of the South Sound Technology Conference which was co-founded by her engineer husband, William Andrews. The Institute transformed into the School of Engineering & Technology and today, thrives as a center for graduate education in the South Sound.
Dr. Carwein headed UW Tacoma from 1995 until 2004, and was the first Chancellor of UWT, which opened as a branch campus in 1990. She subsequently served as President or Chancellor at institutions in Massachusetts, Washington and Indiana until retiring in 2018.
Chancellor Carwein oversaw the opening of the permanent UW Tacoma campus in 1997, and under her vigorous, community-oriented leadership, UWT grew dramatically. With both public and private support during her tenure, UWT developed an array of new academic programs to meet the needs of the south Sound and beyond.
One of Carwein's most important initiatives was the Institute of Technology. William B. Andrews (Bill), Carwein's husband, a professional engineer and an alumnus of the University (MBA, 1983), enjoyed a long and successful career in research and technology, and business development. Andrews played a significant role in developing the concept for the Institute of Technology, and worked to help bring it to fruition.
During Carwein's time at UW Tacoma, the campus served upper-division and graduate students only, but her leadership and vision of a comprehensive institution laid the groundwork for UW Tacoma to become a four-year campus.