About the Foundation

Bioresource Science & Engineering (BSE), initially titled Pulp and Paper Technology (PPT) and subsequently Paper Science and Engineering (PSE), was established in the College of Forest Resources and as a degree program at the University of Washington in 1965. The College of Forest Resources is now the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, and the development of the BSE degree came with increased industry activity to investigate the transformation of bioresources into many alternative products, e.g., fuel, chemicals, as well as more traditional pulp and paper end uses.

The Washington Pulp & Paper Foundation (WPPF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was incorporated in 1968.

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The purpose of WPPF is to attract and support exceptional BSE students and provide the industry and its allied partners a pipeline of highly qualified engineering graduates who understand and are dedicated to the industry.

BSE graduates "hit the ground running" and have an exceptional record of commitment and contribution to their employers. Of the more than 600 students who have graduated from the program, more than 400 have chosen careers in the pulp, paper and allied industries.

BSE is a fully accredited, rigorous engineering degree program. Accreditation is through ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). As an engineering program, its curriculum is similar to other engineering degree programs at the University of Washington, especially Chemical Engineering.(For example, the first two years are very similar for all of the engineering disciplines, both at UW and the state's community colleges.)

The UW’s BSE program is the only such program west of the Mississippi River. Eight other U.S. colleges and universities have similar degree programs, and some have relationships with foundations similar to the WPPF:

Academic scholarships offered by the poundation are an important feature to attract excellent students. For the 2014-2015 academic year, these scholarships provided $3,000-5,000 to resident students. Students entering the UW for the first time, e.g. freshmen and community college transfers, are also eligible to apply for a $10,000 award for their first year of study. The scholarships are renewable year-to year subject to academic performance, and are extended to cover a double degree with Chemical Engineering for students who qualify.

Other benefits of the BSE degree and its relationship with the WPPF are:

  • Intern and cooperative positions in industry
  • Small class sizes
  • A department that cares
  • Essentially 100 percent success placing graduates during its 45-year history

The funds for the BSE scholarships and operating costs of the foundation are provided by annual contributions from more than 50 member companies and returns from the foundation's endowment. Our member companies contributed more than $160,000 in 2013. Member companies represented the following business areas: pulp and producers; equipment and chemical suppliers; engineering services; and process control and utilities. As of 2013, the foundation's endowment was approximately $2.5 million in value and generated annual funds of about $100,000.

The WPPF and BSE have remained committed to bring dedicated, talented and highly qualified young people into the expanding universe of bioresource conversion industries.

2017-18 WPPF Fact Sheet