For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

August 1, 2007

Costco CEO honors co-founder with gift to UW law school

SEATTLE - The UW School of Law has received a $350,000 gift in honor of Costco co-founder and law school alumnus Jeffrey Brotman.

Funds from the gift will be slated to help financially needy UW School of Law students who are first-generation college graduates, come from underserved areas of our region, or have demonstrated a strong desire in working with underrepresented populations. The gift also qualifies for the UW Students First initiative, and 50 percent of the gift will be matched by the UW.

Brotman, who received his J.D. from the law school in 1967, has served as a UW Regent since 1998 and is a board member of the UW Foundation. In 1998 Jeffrey and his wife, Susan, were recipients of the UW Recognition Award and, three years later, he received the School of Law's Outstanding Alumnus Award.

The gift, made by Brotman’s long-time partner and Costco co-founder and CEO Jim Sinegal and his wife, Janet, will create an endowed scholarship fund named for Brotman.

“The Sinegals’ gift is a wonderful way to honor Jeff and his long-standing commitment to ensuring that all deserving students, no matter their socioeconomic circumstance, should have access to higher education,” said law school interim dean Greg Hicks. "Jeff and Susan have been strong supporters of the UW and its goals, and this gift is another wonderful expression of their unwavering dedication to the university and to increasing educational opportunity."