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Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS)


Launched in 1978 by a group of dedicated women, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) is committed to funding graduate education and research in the sciences. The Seattle Chapter and its volunteers — more than 100 women in the Puget Sound area — have contributed $9.2 million to the UW in support of graduate education. Recognized as one of the University’s largest annual donors, ARCS pledged $2.5 million to the UW in 2004, extending its impact for years to come and building on its legacy of graduate support in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and medicine.

Established in 1978, the Seattle Chapter of ARCS has launched the careers of more than 700 UW ARCS fellows. Dynamic fundraisers and inspiring leaders, the members of this all-volunteer women’s organization have built a powerful funding model that attracts the nation’s best doctoral students to the UW.

In addition to annual gifts, which typically total $700,000, ARCS donors have established 18 endowed fellowship funds. Their generosity and vision ensures that ARCS awards will long continue to bring the finest scientific minds together on our campus and foster the synergy that leads to innovation and discovery.

Information for Departments and Potential Scholars

ARCS’ 40th Anniversary

The Seattle chapter of ARCS was launched in 1978 and has worked with more than 1,000 students through the years, supporting them with awards totaling more than $14.5 million. Read about the chapter’s impact on UW graduate students in Columns Magazine.

ARCS scholars have gone on to leadership positions in academia, government and industry.


Meredith Wisti
ARCS Foundation Liaison & Diversity Stewardship
UW Graduate School