Willamette Science Outreach Program

“Young girls are an untapped resource in science and engineering, and therefore they need encouragement and positive role models so that they will continue to pursue their studies in these areas.” (Bill Webber)

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Program Overview

William Webber was deeply committed to the enrichment of community life, believing that it is the duty of each citizen to help make the world a better place. He considered himself a team player who volunteered his time not for recognition, but to give back to society. He became a trustee of Willamette University in 1963, becoming a Life Trustee in 1996. The Webber program began in the 1995/96 academic year and so far has served nearly ten different elementary schools in the Salem/Keizer School District. 

William B. Webber Scholarships were established to honor and encourage female-identifying students, transgender students, and nonbinary students who are majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, and Physics.

For one semester, Webber Scholars take their enthusiasm and knowledge in their field of study into elementary school classrooms via the Willamette Science Outreach Program (WSOP). The Scholars’ task is to foster scientific curiosity in the school classrooms, serve as mentors that pique scientific curiosity in the children, and provide encouragement to pursue further studies in STEM fields.

Mr. Webber saw his scholarship program as an opportunity to provide young children with female role models and mentors, while recognizing, honoring and financially supporting the scholars as they earn their science degrees from Willamette University and engage in collaborative laboratory research projects.

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Willamette University

Willamette Science Outreach Program

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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