Thomas Sedlock Icon Scholarships for UW Undergraduates

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The purpose of this endowment is to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students at the University of Washington who are pursuing degrees in any of the following areas of study:

  • Physical sciences;
  • Life sciences;
  • Engineering:
  • Mathematics; and/or
  • Other areas of national need as determined by the National Science Foundation

It was Thomas Joseph Sedlock’s philosophy that the future will be dominated by the best ideas, not the most ideas. The focus of the scholarship support is on quality and the self-motivated individual, the exceptional individual without thinking about stereotypes. Recipients awarded this scholarship will be those who break the mold.

Additionally, past academic achievement is not absolutely required, but objectively manifested initiative is. By way of example but not by way of limitation, such initiative could be: notable self-created experiments in some scientific endeavor, demonstrated leadership in some activity, exceptional writings, etc. It was important to Mr. Sedlock that recipients of this scholarship have demonstrated persistence and follow-through.


To be eligible for scholarships from this endowment, applicants must be students at the University of Washington pursuing degrees in the physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, mathematics, and/or other areas of national need as determined by the National Science Foundation.

Selection will be based on academic merit, in addition to objectively manifested initiative, which may include, but should not be limited to the following:

  • Exceptional writings
  • Notable self-created experiments in some scientific endeavor
  • Demonstrated leadership in some activity
  • Demonstrated persistence and follow-through
Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

The Sedlock Icon Scholarship recipient will be selected from the pool of applicants for the Mary Gates Research Scholarship. To be considered for both scholarships, the Mary Gates Research Scholarship and the Sedlock Icon Scholarship, please complete the Mary Gates Research application at No additional application or information is required.

Contact Information

Robin Chang,

Director, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity

University of Washington

171 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352803

Seattle, WA 98195