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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Scholarships

A.L. and Erma Betts Scholarship for Students in the School of EECS

  • For students in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science
  • Selection is based on merit and financial need
  • recipient must have at least a 3.2 GPA
About the Donor


A.L. “Attie” Betts was on the engineering faculty from 1955 to 1978, serving 15 years as chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering, whose name changed to Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He passed away Nov. 4, 2000, at the age of 84.  He and Erma married in 1940.

After serving in World War II, he taught at Oklahoma A&M, then earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, physics, and applied mathematics from the University of Texas in 1952 and came to Washington State College in 1952.

With Dr. Eugene Greenfield, director of WSU’s engineering research division, Dr. Betts was involved in high-voltage testing of transmission lines for the Electric Power Research and Development Center near Grand Coulee Dam.  Other research included studies of electrical grounding, radio frequency utilization, and underground distribution of electrical programs.

In the 1970s, he directed a program to retain aerospace engineers for the field of power engineering.  He also helped establish WSU’s annual Western Protective Relay Conference and served as chair of the Spokane section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

The income from this fund shall be used to award one or more scholarships to qualified WSU students with a major in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science, with selection to be determined by established procedures that consider both merit and financial need.

To Contribute to This Fund

If you would like to make a gift to this scholarship fund, please contact:
Devon Anderson
Senior Director of Development
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science