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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Scholarships

Lyle and Betty Appleford Endowed Scholarship

  • must have at least a 3.2 GPA
  • Awarded to Electrical Engineering students according to established selection procedures in the EECS department
About the Donor

Lyle graduated from Anatone High School in Asotin County, Washington, in 1947. Encouraged by parents and teachers to attend college, he selected Washington State, living three years in Stimson Hall and graduating in 1951 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  Following graduation, during the Korean War, he spent two years in the Air Force, and the next 20 years in active reserve.

Later at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, Calif., he gained experience in commercial airplane electronic systems, including automatic pilots.  In 1955, he headed north for a job at Boeing and became engaged to Betty Honsberger. They married in August 1956.  At Boeing, he worked on automatic controls group, mostly for missiles and space flight.  Next, he worked on hydrofoil boats, and from there moved to commercial airplanes, working on various phases of automatic control.  He retired in January, 1992, after 36 years at Boeing.

In retirement, Lyle and Betty do volunteer work (Betty has approximately 4,000 volunteer hours at Children’s Hospital), garden, and take occasional ski trips.  They also enjoy bicycle riding and mountain hiking. They have three children, Chris, Robin and Barbara, and two grandchildren, who both live in Seattle.  The majority of Lyle’s financial and moral support through college was from his parents, Orville and Pearle Appleford. Remembering this help with gratitude, the Applefords create this scholarship to provide a perpetual source of assistance to future generations of students, and is used for under- graduate scholarship support in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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