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The Esther and Edward Lee Scholarship

December 02, 2013

  • Esther Lee and junior Aojie Zheng, the most recent recipient of the Esther and Edward Lee Scholar...
    Esther Lee and junior Aojie Zheng, the most recent recipient of the Esther and Edward Lee Scholarship.

Arriving from Hong Kong in 1959 with $100 and a dream, Esther Lee became a barrier-breaking pioneer in computer science. In 2001, she and her husband endowed the Esther and Edward Lee Scholarship to benefit women from Asia. A bequest from their living trust will strengthen the fund.

“My father’s dream was for me to study in America,” Lee said. “He died when I was in high school, but Lewis & Clark fulfilled his dream and mine by awarding me a scholarship. Lewis & Clark changed my life. I am honored to help my school do the same for others.”

“Lewis & Clark changed my life. I am honored to help my school do the same for others.”Esther LeeClass of 1963
Esther Lee, Class of 1963
  • Earned an M.S.in computer science from Purdue University
  • Conducted research with MIT, IBM, and Intel
  • Amassed 25 years of experience developing complex computer systems
  • Received industry recognition as TRW’s 1993 Woman of the Year
  • Pioneered a California program guiding minority high school students to college
Leaving a Legacy

You can share your legacy in ways that care for your family and benefit Lewis & Clark. Through a charitable remainder trust, for example, you and/or another beneficiary may:

  • Receive lifetime payments
  • Obtain a sizable tax deduction
  • Sell appreciated property or stock without paying capital gains taxes
  • Make a significant gift to Lewis & Clark and other charities of your choice

This content originally appeared in the fall 2013 issue of The Chronicle. 

For more information:

To talk about gift choices for you and your family, contact Sharon Bosserman-Benson at sharon@lclark.edu or 800-753-9292.