School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Scholarships

Homer J. Dana Memorial Scholarship

  • Awarded to Electrical Engineering students according to established selection procedures
  • Recipient must have at least a 3.2 GPA
  • Based on demonstrated practical engineering ability and on financial need
About the Donor

Homer Jackson Dana was born in 1890, the same year as the Washington State Agricultural College and School of Science, his alma mater and the birthplace of his inventions.  He served for over 40 years as one of the most productive and versatile research engineers in the country.

Dana earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at WSC in 1915 and 1917, respectively.  In 1919 he became the first full-time engineer for the newly established Engineering Experiment Station at the college. He completed a professional degree in mechanical engineering in 1922, became assistant director of the Experiment Station in 1929, and director in 1942.  He was a founder and well-loved, long-time advisor to the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

Former colleagues say Dana could work on multiple projects and still keep his suit and tie clean.  When he retired in 1960, he had acquired patents for spark-free electrostatic recording paper for use in facsimile transmissions, a prototype home freezer, an emotional stress meter (lie detector), and a catenary warning light system to help aircraft avoid high voltage transmission lines, to name just a few examples.

Dana and Hubert V. Carpenter founded one the first educational radio stations in the United States.  It went on the air in Pullman in 1922 as KFAE, changed its name to KWSC in 1926, and to KWSU in 1969.

Recipients shall be regularly enrolled undergraduates or graduate students in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering, with an accumulated grade point average at least equal to the average of all students in these departments.  In the case of graduate students employed as teaching assistants or research assistants who are enrolled on a half-time or greater basis in academic courses, such employment-study combination shall be counted as full time academic work.  Scholarships shall be based 75 percent on demonstrated practical engineering ability and 25 percent on financial need.

To Contribute to This Fund

IIf 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