HCDE Sakson Diversity Undergraduate Scholarship

Website: UW Human Centered Design and Engineering Department


The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering offers the following scholarships for current students thanks to the generosity of HCDE alumni and friends of the department:

  • David Farkas Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Student Support
  • Donna M. Sakson Endowed Scholarship
  • Donna M. Sakson Endowed Scholarship for Excellence through Diversity
  • Equity in Design Scholarship in Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Michael and Sirina Berg Endowed Fund for Leadership

Donna Sakson and Jonathan Mark, Donna's husband, established the Sakson Diversity Scholarship fund to bring more under-represented minority students into the HCDE department and thus into the profession. "By offering educational opportunities, we expand diversity both in the educational setting and in our professional community," Sakson said.

Donna is a UWTC graduate and former President of Sakson & Taylor, Inc., one of the largest technical documentation companies in the world with offices in Seattle and Vancouver, Washington; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Boise, Idaho.

The amount of the scholarship varies each year based on revenue from endowed funds.



  • Current UW student majoring in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HDCE), or current UW student applying to major in HCDE, or applicant to UW and the HCDE program.
  • Full time undergraduate student (10 cr. per quarter)
  • Academic achievement
  • Preference given to US Citizens
  • Demonstrated interest/understanding of HCDE
  • Demonstrated understanding or experience with diverse and/or cultural issues
  • Articulation of how the applicant will contribute to the diversity of HCDE and the field.
Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

Submit a completed online application through the College of Engineering. Applications include:

  • Personal statement (1-2 pages) describing achievements and eligibility for scholarship
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Interview – required of all scholarship finalists
Service Agreement


  • Write a thank you letter to donor
  • Maintain satisfactory progress throughout program
  • Participate in at least 2 recruitment events for the HCDE department
Contact Information

If you have questions about the process, please email scholarship_admin@engr.washington.edu