The Souther and White scholarship fund was originally established in 1986 to honor two Society Fellows who made significant contributions to STC (at both the chapter and society levels) and to the technical communication community as a whole. Among their many accomplishments, James W. Souther and Myron L. White were instrumental in establishing the Puget Sound Chapter.

2015 Scholarship Award

Matthew Olson, an industrial design student at Western Washington University, was awarded the 2015 Souther & White Scholarship in the amount of $1000.

In addition to his interest in design, Matthew has a long history as a volunteer, including with the disabled, young and elderly in Kingston, Jamaica and with juvenile delinquents in New Zealand. He enjoys teaching and performing the violin.

In Matthew’s words, “Designing something requires focus. The first thing we ask is: what do we want people to feel? Delight? Surprise? Love? Connections? Then we begin to craft around our intention.”

Matthew’s approach can also be said to apply to technical communication.

Congratulations, Matthew!

2014 Scholarship Award

In 2014, we awarded $1000 to Clara Wing Lam, a senior at the University of Washington.

Clara is completing her degrees in Visual Communication Design and Marketing. She says both are challenging, but very exciting and rewarding.

As a fulltime UX design intern at Microsoft, Clara’s work was focused on user experiences with mobile devices. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in UX design or corporate identity. You can see her profile at

2013 Scholarship Award

In 2013, we awarded $1000 each to Kirk Turner from Western Washington University and Jonathan Anscher from the University of Washington. We awarded the MadCap Suite from MadCap Software to Rahul Mehan (a $1499 value).

We want to thank our sponsors, Adobe Corporation and MadCap Software, for their generous donations to the 2013 scholarship awards.