For more than 90 years, the School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences (SAFS) has contributed towards the basic understanding and science of aquatic and fishery resources, helping to determine how to best manage those resources for present and future generations.
Donations to SAFS provide critical support for our students, faculty and staff. In recent years, contributions have allowed us to increase the number of scholarship awards to our graduate and undergraduate students, and support research and field projects that not only enrich our students’ academic life, but also better prepare them for careers in the discipline (see our Endowments page for examples of various funds).
You can make a contribution to SAFS through various funds detailed below.
A recent UW initiative resulted in a matching scholarship program—Students First—that will provide financial support for undergraduate and graduate students. These scholarships will be awarded based on financial need for up to four years per student. The SAFS Alumni Students First Endowment provides a 50 percent match from the UW for gifts $100,000 and above. The $100,000 minimum can be made up of multiple gifts from any number of people in a “consortium.”
This fund provides an annual award to graduate students from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.
Alaska Salmon Program Fund
This fund is for research and projects of the Alaska Salmon Program, which supports three major field stations in the Bristol Bay area. These field stations maintain long-term ecological data sets spanning 45-100 years and offer invaluable insight into the responses of salmon to climate change.
Lobo Orensanz Fund
In memory of SAFS alumnus, Lobo Orensanz, this fund provides broad-based direct financial support to undergraduate and graduate students in SAFS.