Pictured above: Sam Curtis '16 (standing, sixth from left), Princeton in Asia Fellow, with students in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Office of Fellowships and Grants assists Whitman students and alumni in their application and candidacy for national fellowships, scholarships and grants.

Each year our scholars receive generous awards for graduate study, self-directed research, teaching and public service in the United States and abroad. While these outcomes are gratifying to our students and important in the overarching mission of the college, a more important measure of meaning in our work is the self-examination that each applicant undertakes in the pursuit of opportunities, and the awareness that results from that exploration.

Ultimately, our goal is to help students think deeply and critically about issues, ideas and values; about their lives and the lives of others. Equipped with self-reflection, they will know better who they are and what they might contribute to the community. Having put their critical thinking to the test, they will have a better vantage of the larger world around them and their humble yet essential place in it.

News and Features

  • Visiting instructor and writer earns literary grant

    December 4, 2017 • Prolific author and Johnson Visiting Instructor of English Ana Maria Spagna has received a 2017 Grants for Artist Project (GAP) Award from the nonprofit Artist Trust, which provides grants to creative artists based in Washington State, for an upcoming nonfiction work tentatively titled The Merchant by the River.

  • Gilman Scholarships support Whitties studying abroad

    October 2, 2017 • Three Whitman juniors are expanding their horizons this semester through study abroad opportunities funded by the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

  • Whitman to host NEH-funded institute on the Native American West

    September 21, 2017 • A new summer institute for faculty development is in part the result of Whitman’s dedication to becoming a better neighbor and educational partner for Native peoples in the region, according to Associate Professor of English Christopher Leise. The institute was funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Community Fellows connect with Walla Walla

    September 11, 2017 • Whitman students interested in bettering the Walla Walla community can look to recent graduates Dana Matsunami ’17 and Mitchell Cutter ’17 for inspiration. They both were Community Fellows last year, working at local organizations and gaining invaluable professional experience in the process.

  • Marshall Memorial Fellow alumna meets with European leaders

    August 7, 2017 • Amanda Hoey '04 recently returned from a prestigious month-long exchange program to Europe, courtesy of a Marshall Memorial Fellowship. Her high-profile itinerary spanned Belgium, France, Poland, Spain and the U.K.