Portland, OR. An ARCS member honored ARCS Foundation Oregon with a $1.5 million bequest to support its signature scholar awards program in perpetuity. This is the largest gift to date for the Oregon Chapter and significantly increases the Chapter’s ability to sustain its mission at a new level. ARCS Foundation is a nationally recognized nonprofit run entirely by women who boost American leadership and aid advancement in science and technology. 

Jill Josselyn was a software engineer and oceanographer in her career. Her lifelong interest in science, and her philanthropic vision, matched perfectly with the mission of ARCS – to advance science in America by investing in PhD candidates in science, engineering and medical research. ARCS Oregon supports outstanding PhD candidates at Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. Josselyn supported one of the first ARCS scholars at the University of Oregon. Jill Josselyn passed away in August 2017.

The $1.5 Million Bequest from Jill Josselyn was announced at the ARCS Foundation Oregon annual meeting on May 15th, 2018 at the Town Club in Portland.

Front Row: Jamie Anderson, Kate Joseph, Caron Ogg
Second Row: Jean Josephson, Leslie Workman, Julie Drinkward, Barbara Silver
Third Row: Diane Alexander, Kathleen Ames, Ellen Richardson

Aletha Anderson, Co-President; Sheila Goodwin, President’s Award Recipient; Joan Foley, Co-President

“This is a transformative gift for ARCS Oregon,” said Co-President Joan Foley. “Jill’s generous bequest gives significant recognition to the important work of ARCS Oregon, and the members are honored,” Foley said.

“Jill’s love of science and curiosity led her to attend many ARCS field trips and programs about cutting-edge research that is being conducted in Oregon’s universities. Jill was well read and always had good questions for the presenting scientists,” Foley said. “The Jill V. Josselyn Scholar Award Endowment will enable the Chapter to fund PhD candidates in perpetuity.”

Founded in 2004 by a group of philanthropic women, ARCS Foundation Oregon to date has raised over $3.7 to fund scholar awards to 226 PhD candidates in Oregon.

For more information contact Joan Foley at [email protected]