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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Scholarships

Donald Shelton Roberts Scholarship in Engineering

  • Awarded to juniors and seniors in Electrical Engineering
  • Recipient must demonstrate a financial need
  • Recipient must have at least a 3.2 GPA
About the Donor

Don Roberts was born in 1914 in Snoqualmie, Washington, the oldest of three sons raised by a loving, hard working mother.  The family was poor, so each of the boys had to supplement their mother’s income by working in the local saw mill.  Don worked his way through Washington State College, graduating in Electrical Engineering in 1938.   During his senior year he was voted one of the top five men on campus.  He met Ruth Magnuson at WSC. They married in 1938 and were a mutually devoted team for 60 years.

After graduation, Don completed  a year-long learning and testing program at General Electric, was hired permanently, and worked there through World War II and in a variety of increasingly responsible positions until his retirement in 1974.  During his retirement he returned to his hobbies of fly fishing and woodworking and was an active volunteer in Salem, Oregon.   A principal volunteer activity was consulting with local entrepreneurs in a program called SCORE.  His beloved wife Ruth died in 1998 and he established a scholarship in her name at Washington State University.

Don was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who died in 2004.  Despite several years of failing health, he remained deeply interested in each member of his extended family.  This scholarship was created by his three children in loving memory of their remarkable father.

The income from the Donald Shelton Roberts Scholarship is to be used to award one or more scholarships annually to students who are certified juniors and seniors in electrical engineering and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.  Recipients shall also have demonstrated significant 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