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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Scholarships

Royal D. Sloan Scholarship in Electrical Engineering

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

Royal D. Sloan joined the engineering faculty in 1923, advancing to professor and vice-dean of the College of Engineering.  In 1936, he left for MIT for a second master’s degree and then in 1942 became the second dean of WSC’s engineering college.

1944 alumna Jean Converse Sharp remembers that “despite the unprecedented changes the war years brought to the WSC engineering programs, Professor Sloan encouraged us to continue on for our degrees, including me, a woman studying engineering. He would always personally help his students in finding solutions to technical and career problems, and always welcomed visits and letters from former students.”

During his deanship, the divisions of Industrial Research and Industrial Services and their parent unit, the Washington State Institute of Technology, were established.  In 1950, he took on added responsibilities as vice-director of the institute.  He left his dual positions in 1956, but taught until he retired in 1960.  Sloan Hall was named for Dean Sloan in 1962 and now contains many classrooms and laboratories used by students in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Dean Sloan was married to Jeannette Morris Sloan, enjoying a happy and supportive marriage for about 50 years, until Jeannette’s death in 1969.  The dean died in 1979.  The Sloan Scholarship grew out of contributions from alumni, friends, and the Sloans’ son R. Daniel Sloan. The preferred use is for financial aid for undergraduate students majoring in electrical engineering.  It may also be used for students’ design projects, research, or travel.

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