The Paul Garrett Scholarships for men and the Claire Sherwood Memorial Scholarships for women are Whitman scholarship programs for exceptional applicants who exhibit outstanding academic achievement, leadership and contributions to their schools and communities. Each year about six men and six women are named Garrett and Sherwood scholars.

While at Whitman, Garrett and Sherwood Scholars meet regularly on campus throughout the school year for socials, networking receptions, roundtable discussions, national grant and fellowship information sessions, and other events. In addition, over spring break of junior year, Garrett and Sherwood Scholars travel to New York City for a career exploration and networking trip. There, they have a chance to meet local alumni who are leaders in finance, business, media, culture and government and can assist the Scholars in making contacts in their potential career fields.

Selection Process and Award Amounts

Each year, up to 30 finalists are chosen by the admission committee and are brought to Whitman for an all-expenses-paid campus visit. During their visit, finalists sit for an interview with either the Garrett or Sherwood selection committees. These committees are comprised of governing board members, alumni, and faculty who have reviewed finalists' admission applications.

All finalists who interview for the scholarship receive a minimum of $2,500. Students selected as Garrett or Sherwood Scholars receive scholarships which cover 100% of their demonstrated need—up to $60,000 per year—without any work or debt obligations.

The Claire Sherwood Memorial Scholarships were established by Donald and Virginia Sherwood in memory of their daughter Claire. A graduate of Walla Walla High School and Stephens College, Claire was an exemplary community leader her entire life. The Sherwood scholarships recognize women who have contributed to their schools and communities, and show great potential for leadership at Whitman and in their future careers.

The Garrett Scholarships were established by Paul Garrett '13, who was Vice President and Director of Public Relations for General Motors Corporation. Garrett Scholars are men "whose personal qualities and records of achievement hold promise that they will assume roles of constructive leadership" in their professional and personal lives.