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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Scholarships

Richard D. Harbour Memorial Scholarship

  • Awarded to Electrical Engineering student based on financial need and academic achievement
  • Recipient must have at least a 3.2 GPA
About the Donor

The late Richard D. Harbour, a WSU alumnus and faculty member in electrical engineering for 22 years, was born in Rosalia, Washington, where he attended Rosalia public schools.  He enrolled in Washington State College intermittently over a period of 12 years, from 1938 to 1950, serving on several student committees including the War and Servicemen’s committee, the student branch of the American Institute of Electrical Engineering, and the Amateur Radio Club.

As a charter member of the Independent Men’s Association, he helped coordinate on-campus housing for men students not affiliated with fraternities. He was also a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.  He left WSU to enter active duty in June of 1943, earning the rank of Second Lieutenant.  As a member of the Army Signal Corps, he was stationed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he primarily wrote patents for the Signal Patent Agency.

He married June Harbour in 1944 and was discharged from the Army in 1946. Seven of their nine children earned bachelor’s degrees at WSU, another earned a master’s, and one died in childhood.  Richard earned a BSEE in 1947 and MSEE in 1950.  He served on the faculty from the summer of 1950 until his death November 23, 1972.

Recipients must be regularly enrolled undergraduate students showing special interest in electrical engineering.  Scholarships shall be awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement.

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