Foundation

Mission

The Washington Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit educational foundation in 1982 to further the goals of the Society in support of engineering education.

The purposes of the Foundation are to support engineering education by:

  1. Providing scholarships to deserving Washington State students who are enrolled in engineering programs at accredited colleges and universities in the United States.
  2. Providing financial support to engineer-related educational activities such as MATHCOUNTS, Bridge Building, Model Cities, and Robotics.

Engineering Scholarship Opportunity

The Washington Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation offers $2,000 scholarships to students enrolled in Washington Community Colleges who transfer to ABET-accredited baccalaureate engineering program offered by universities and colleges in Washington State. Additional information on the scholarship and an application form can be downloaded here.

Organization

The Foundation is governed by a Board of 13 trustees, all members of the Washington Society of Professional Engineers, elected to operate the Foundation as an independent tax-exempt corporation of the State of Washington. Twelve trustees are elected by the serving members of the Board for three-year terms. The 13th member is the Scholarship Chair of the Washington Society of Professional Engineers, who is an ex-officio member with vote, by virtue of his/her office within the State Society.

The officers of the Foundation consist of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary, all elected by the Board for a one-year term. Operation of the Foundation is governed by its Bylaws, which are included in the WSPE Ed Foundation Handbook (May 2016).

The Foundation is organized and functions in accordance with Internal Revenue Service guidelines as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation’s EIN is 91-1185123, and the Foundation’s non-profit status can be verified at www.irs.gov/app/pub-78/.

Officers & Trustees for 2016-2017

Officers:
President – Charles (Cap) A. Pearson, P.E., S.E.
Vice President – Jocelyn Gray, P.E.
Secretary – Michael Whelan
Treasurer – Steven M. Short, P.E.

Directors (Trustees):
Alan Werner, P.E.
Terry Pitsch, P.E.
Leonard Byrne, P.E.
John Schaufelberger, P.E.
Stephen Brown, P.E.
Duane Duff, P.E.
Douglas Hendrickson, P.E.
Thomas Smailus, Ph.D., P.E.

Financial Management

The Foundation receives contributions to support award of Foundation scholarships and to support the State MATHCOUNTS program. It also receives contributions to support individual WSPE chapter scholarship and educational support (Bridge Building, Model Cities, FIRST Robotics, etc.) programs. Disbursement of WSPE Chapter funds are at the discretion of the individual WSPE Chapter President. Disbursement of State MATHCOUNTS funds is at the discretion of the WSPE State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator. Disbursement of Foundation scholarship funds is determined by the Board of Trustees based on the recommendations of the WSPE Scholarship Chair. Many Washington students have received Foundation Scholarships.

Financial Support

Contributions to the Foundation may be made by sending cash, a check made payable to WSPE Educational Foundation, or securities (stocks and bonds) to the Treasurer at the following address:  Leonard Byrne, PE, 1302 North Skipworth Court, Spokane Valley, WA 99206. Please indicate how the contribution is to be used.  Options are:

  • The Foundation scholarship endowment fund, which is an invested fund, the income from which is used to fund scholarships.
  • The Foundation discretionary scholarship fund, which is used to fund current year scholarships.
  • Chapter scholarship fund, which is used to fund Chapter scholarships.
  • MATHCOUNTS, Bridge Building. FIRST Robotics, Model Cities or other educational support activities.

Alternatively, donors may designate the Foundation scholarship endowment fund by checking “Educational Foundation” on the annual NSPE dues statement. To designate a donation to the discretionary scholarship fund, the donor needs to check the “Scholarship” box on the dues statement. These choice boxes for voluntary contributions are found at the bottom of the annual NSPE dues form.

To recognize donors who have supported the Foundation endowment and scholarship fund, an Educational Foundation Honor Roll has been established.  Recognition levels are:

Fellow – contributed $2,000 or more to the Foundation
Sustaining
 – contributed $1,000 to $1,999 to the Foundation
Supporting 
– contributed $500 to $999 to the Foundation
Honorary
 – contributed $250 to $499 to the Foundation

Have you made a contribution to the Washington Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation this year?

Charitable giving can be an important element of year-end tax and estate planning, and your financial advisor can help you structure your gifts so they benefit your charities as well as your overall financial plan. The Washington Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization which means your donations are fully tax deductible (for donations up to 50% of your taxable income). You may designate your gift to either the “Scholarship” or the Endowment fund.

On the annual NSPE dues statement, you can designate the “Endowment” by checking the “Educational Foundation” box. To designate a donation to the scholarship fund, you check the “scholarship” box. These choice boxes for voluntary contributions are found at the bottom of your annual NSPE membership dues form.

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