Now Is the Time Campaign

Since 1882, Whitman College has provided an exemplary education that immerses students in ideas, confronts them with challenging problems, and nurtures their ability to become leaders. In today’s increasingly complex and globally connected world, the demand for broadly educated, critical, and innovative thinkers has never been greater. Whitman’s Now Is the Time Campaign is helping to secure the resources necessary to perpetuate and build upon the College’s historic strengths and to ensure a brighter future for its students.    Read the Case Statement »

Enhancing Our Academic Program

Computer Science
Computer science is shaping the way Whitman faculty members work and think in ways many might not even realize. Future computer science students will develop strong computational thinking skills which they can bring to bear on their own disciplines.

Marin Meades ’15 works on the rack-mounted computer that controls the positioning of the telescope. Photo courtesy of Prof. Andrea Dobson.Observatory opens the universe to students
Recently, a gift helped install a telescope and field station at Braden Farm near Wallula Gap, which will provide Whitman students and others with opportunities for research, education, and community outreach.

Read more about the efforts to strengthen faculty, provide experiential learning opportunities, and globalize our curriculum »


Improving Access through Scholarship Support

Celebrating two lives by making a difference for others
William and Jamie Soukup Reid '10No one who knew them will ever forget these lovely and promising young people. Jamie impacted all who knew her at Whitman, and she and Will changed the lives of many of the students in their classrooms. Their love of education will be passed along to others through the Jamie Soukup Reid and William Reid Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

Connecting the world to Whitman and Whitman to the world
Programs that attract international students to Whitman and those that send Whitman students abroad play important roles in a comprehensive liberal arts education. Two new scholarships, the F. James and Jayne S. McCarthy Scholarship Endowment and the Erik E. and Edith H. Bergstrom Foundation Scholarship Endowment, support these exchanges.

Jayne S. and F. James McCarthy '63 and Edith H. and Erik E. Bergstrom '60

Barbara Sommer Feigin ’59 was a toddler when, together with her parents, she escaped from Nazi Germany on the last train out of Berlin in July 1940.Diamonds in the Sidewalk
Barbara Sommer Feigin ’59 understands what it means to dream big and how scholarship aid can change the course of one’s life. Her journey – from escaping Nazi Germany with her parents as a toddler to a successful career in advertising in an era when few women were afforded such opportunities – inspired her to create a legacy at Whitman with a unique scholarship and internship program.

Read more about the efforts to increase access and affordability, endow need-based aid, and bolster merit-based scholarships »


Strengthening our Financial Base

2013 Senior Gift
In recent years, alumni, parents, and friends of the College have stepped up their collective efforts to support a variety of targeted initiatives and made record gifts to the unrestricted fund -- the foundation on which Whitman builds its academic and co-curricular programs. Graduating seniors are joining these loyal supporters and getting a jump start on paying it forward to future generations with their gifts to the Senior Fund Scholarship Endowment.

Read more about the Campaign Chair’s goals for the final months of the Campaign