ARCS Foundation Seattle Chapter contributes to the advancement of science and technology by funding PhD fellowships for academically outstanding scholars in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math at the University of Washington and Washington State University.


ARCS is a leading national philanthropic organization started and run by women to advance our nation’s competitiveness in science and technology. The vision of ARCS Foundation Seattle Chapter is for Washington state to be a world leader in scientific excellence and innovation for the betterment of humanity. We are a thriving chapter of members who support research scholars at the University of Washington and Washington State University through well-funded fellowships.



ARCS Foundation’s unrestricted three-year fellowships offer a competitive advantage, while also increasing equity by alleviating financial burdens to pursue STEM education and conduct research in Washington state.  In 2020-2021, Seattle Chapter gave $1M to fund 180 ARCS Fellows at the University of Washington and Washington State University. ARCS Fellowships also offer these scholars unique opportunities for mentorship, networking, and advancement within ARCS Foundation’s STEM-focused, philanthropic community.


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An Important Message from the Seattle Chapter Board


ARCS Foundation Seattle Chapter stands in solidarity with the Black community. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Over the past months, we have witnessed millions of people filling the streets throughout the country demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and locally Manuel Ellis, along with many others who have lost their lives due to police brutality and systemic racism. This is a reality we must not normalize or accept. Black Lives Matter. These senseless deaths and the division within our country sickens us. We can no longer look away or remain silent about the devastating effect of structural and systemic racism,  laid bare  by the current social, economic and health crisis in our country.  COVID-19 continues to rise at disproportionate rates for people of color. We must do better.  It will take hard work, but we are willing to listen and be part of the solution. For over 40 years, our mission of advancing science and technology in the United States has allowed us to support thousands of outstanding graduate students studying to complete degrees in sciences, engineering and medical research. We commit to use this platform to be a catalyst to create lasting change. 


Click the image above to watch 2017 Luncheon video
Click the image above to watch 2017 Luncheon video

  • ARCS Foundation is a vital partner of the University of Washington as we seek to recruit the very best graduate students in the sciences and engineering.”ANA MARI CAUCE, PhD, President, University of Washington

  • With the support of ARCS Foundation, we have been able to provide assistance to some of our most talented doctoral students, allowing them to focus on the important challenges before them.”Kirk H. Schulz, PhD, President, Washington State University

  • The evidence is clear; ARCS Foundation and its mission, energy, and principles have led to a record of outstanding stewardship. Fellowship donations are used very wisely and with high impact.”Lee Huntsman, PhD, UW President Emeritus, Professor Emeritus