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WSOS 2018 Legislative Report

STARS Spotlight: In a 2018 Legislative Report, Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) discusses the success of its opportunity expansion grants and highlights the STARS program (p. 25), to which it awarded a $2.2M grant in 2016. The report features STARS scholars Jasmine Fuerte-Stone, BioE ’17 (p. 7); Matthew Lee, ECE ‘18 (p. 15); and Ewurama Karikari, ME ’19 (p. 26).

STARS in the Media

STARS students Tammy Teal and Ivan Cordero
October 17, 2018 | University of Washington

Twenty-five percent of first-generation and low-income students who entered the UW as pre-engineers earned a degree in the field. These students didn't get the same level of high school education as peers from highly resourced schools. The Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) program supports students from underserved high schools after they start at the UW. And it's helping; 95 percent of STARS students have stuck with engineering through their junior year, compared with 33 percent of students from similar backgrounds who also expressed an interest in engineering when they began at the UW.

Read why Tammy Teal, B.S. CEE '18 and Ivan Cordero '19 credit the program with their successes.

August 17, 2018 | College of Engineering
A human centered design and engineering team is helping campus dining halls donate and deliver excess food to local homeless shelters.
Kiana Peterson, a STARS student and EE major in 2017
June 14, 2018 | Seattle Times
Five years after it began, the program to help more low-income, women and minority students become engineers at the UW is showing strong results, with 75 percent of its students either continuing in engineering or graduating.
Sonya Cunningham
June 8, 2018 | Faculty & Staff Insider
STARS Program Director Sonya G. Cunningham has been awarded the 2018 David B. Thorud Leadership Award, a UW Award of Excellence. Thanks to Sonya's leadership, the outcomes for STARS students — those studying engineering in the Washington State Academic RedShirts program — have been spectacular.
December 29, 2017
STARS is part of the effort to grow the pipeline of Washington students who will graduate and enter high-demand STEM and health care fields, a public-private partnership was initiated in 2011 to support low- and middle-income students as they earn their bachelor’s degrees and enter the workforce.
December 1, 2017 | Avvo
STARS student and HCDE major Tuyen Truong gives students advice about how to make the most out of internship experiences.
November 30, 2017 | Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Tammy Teal, a CEE major and STARS participant, discusses her UW experiences in the Civil and Environmental Engineering departmental magazine. Teal hopes to put her engineering skills into practice by improving access to clean water in developing countries.
November 16, 2017
Kiana Peterson, a STARS student and EE major, discusses her student experiences and the impact scholarships have made on her education.
May 30, 2017 | College of Engineering
The STARS program is designed to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds who graduate with engineering degrees. STARS students participate in a “redshirt” year their first year and typically spend five years at the UW; however, three students from the first cohort have completed the program and their engineering degrees in just four years.

STARS funders


Join us in appreciation for support and current or past funding from these organizations:

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To become a sponsor of the STARS Program, contact Sharon Dana, 206-543-6908.