Frequently Asked Questions

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What's this whole thing about?
There are two auctions: one for the scholarship name, one for Eric's beard. For each auction, you the audience and donor can make proposals. Then you and your friends will receive votes based on how much you donate, which you can use to promote your idea. The winning proposals will be carried out.

The two auctions:

  • What should this scholarship be called? Unlike things named after the one big donor, this campaign is about joining forces to become one big donor. With some competitive incentives. This auction will continue through the summer.
  • What should Eric do with his beard? I have had a bush on my face for long enough. Upon graduating I will take it off. But how should I go about it? The results of this auction will be determined by the end of May, to be executed and documented in the first week or two of June.

For each auction, you may propose ideas. Then you (or anyone) can donate to the fund and receive a corresponding number of votes. Cast your votes (or lobby your friends to cast theirs) for the proposal you think is the most awesome.

Are these donations tax-deductible?
Yes, these donations are made through the UW Foundation, which has 501(c)(3) status and handles all of the processing of gifts.

What's the goal for the scholarship?
The project's financial goal is $100,000. This comes to less than $300 per graduate, or $15,000 per cohort.

Who's doing this?
This is the capstone project (think thesis paper) of one Eric Bell, an aspiring information architect finishing up a masters in information management at UW's iSchool. The project has the moral support of the iSchool Advancement office. Eric is thankful to huge swaths of his friends and advisors for their continued support, advice, and tolerance of his messy process.

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