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Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund Established at UW

Fund will support undergraduate students in Speech and Hearing Sciences

March 30, 2016

Seattle—To honor their daughter who passed away on March 22, 2016, the family of Katy Straalsund has worked with the University of Washington and the College of Arts & Sciences to establish the Katy Straalsund Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund.

This fund will provide scholarship support to students in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Katy, a Speech and Hearing Sciences major, was to graduate with honors this summer. She was accepted in and planned to attend a teaching abroad program in Barcelona, Spain after graduation. Her goal was to attend the study abroad and return to the United States to complete graduate studies in Speech/Language Pathology. She was passionate about the science of the brain and wanted to further explore research in neurological communications disorders.

“We share a sense of deep loss with Katy’s family, friends and classmates,” said Professor Diane Kendall, chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. “She was a talented student and a valued member of our academic community. We are so incredibly honored the Straalsund family has chosen this scholarship as a way to carry on Katy’s great legacy.”

The scholarship will support undergraduate students majoring within the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and ensure talented students have the opportunity to pursue the same fields of study that Katy greatly loved.

To make an online contribution to this fund, please visit To give by check please designate “University of Washington Foundation” as the payee with “Katy Straalsund Fund” in the memo line. Please mail checks to: UW Foundation, Box 359505, 4333 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., Seattle, WA 98195-9505


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