About this award

Andrew Hashimoto served as the department head of Bioresources Engineering, now Biological & Ecological Engineering (BEE) from 1986 to 1995. He went on to hold various positions at Oregon State University and other institutions before retiring from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2015. Andy and his wife, Merle, were both educators who know the positive impact of a good education on an individual's and society's well-being. With the cost of higher education continually rising, they wanted to help students with financial need to be able to afford a college education by providing an endowed scholarship for students in BEE.

Eligibility requirements and selection

The recipient of the Hashimoto Scholarship must be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student in the Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering (major: Ecological Engineering) with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (or cumulative HS GPA of 3.5 for incoming freshman). Selection will be made based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, and financial need. Preference will be given to those residing in Hawaii and/or from single parent homes and/or first generation students.

About the department

The BEE department is dedicated to incorporating biological and ecological principles in engineering design to promote the development of resilient, sustainable systems that integrate human activities into the natural environment. This is a rapidly developing and important new area of engineering, and Oregon State is a leader in the field. Our undergraduate program in Ecological Engineering gives students an outstanding, ABET-accredited engineering education that provides a pathway for becoming a professionally licensed engineer. Graduates from our program have the skills necessary to excel in multi-disciplinary teams and on projects that require complex solutions, and have found employment with industrial clients, engineering consulting companies, governmental agencies, and entrepreneurial start-ups.