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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Scholarships

Clarence Lee Holmes Endowed Scholarship

  • Electrical Engineering students from Wilbur or Davenport with demonstrated financial need.
  • If none, then students from Lincoln County.  If none, then students from Washington State
  • Recipients must have at least a 3.2 GPA
About the Donor

Clarence Lee Holmes worked his way through school.  He joined ROTC and in the summers, put in long, dusty days working the wheat harvest in central Washington to pay for the following term.  His hard work paid off.

Holmes began his career upon graduation in 1931 with a degree from WSU in electrical engineering in Fort Peck, Mont. as an assistant engineer on a cutter head dredge on the construction of the Ft. Peck dam.  Holmes also met his wife Meriwyn while in Montana.  After their time in the Big Sky Country, Lee and Meriwyn relocated to Brooklyn, NY where Lee worked as the U.S. Inspector at Sperry Gyroscope before moving once again to Washington D.C. where Holmes served in the department of Chief of Army Engineers.

From D.C, Holmes’ career took him and his family to Virginia, Illinois and Michigan until his retirement in 1969 as a Lieutenant Colonel.  In retirement, Holmes enjoyed travel, reading, bird watching, playing cards and his country living outside of Salem, Ore.

Upon Holmes’ passing in June 2006, Meriwyn and their daughter Nancy decided to honor his memory with an endowment that would allow future generations of Cougars to pay for an education.  “His summer work (while a student at WSU) was hot, tiring and dusty,” said Meriwyn.  “He had expressed an interest in helping students so they wouldn’t have to do the same thing – he felt it was important.”

In establishing the Clarence Lee Holmes Endowed Scholarship, Meriwyn and Nancy hope to help students from similar backgrounds realize their dream of a college education.  “A degree from WSU was a great asset to him in the workforce,” said Meriwyn.  “Without his degree, he wouldn’t have had the career he did – and we would not have met!  Lee enjoyed the companionship of other people who had expanded their lives through education and wanted to continue that legacy.”

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