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All students who apply for admission to Whitman will be considered for need-based scholarships if they submit the FAFSA and the CSS Profile by the stated deadlines. All applicants will also be considered for several merit-based scholarships, as outlined below in the Whitman Achievement-based Scholarships section. Additionally, students may apply specifically for consideration for the Campbell and Higley Music Scholarships or for the President's Scholarships in art or theatre through processes described in the Whitman Achievement-based Scholarships section.

Whitman Achievement-based Scholarships

Students who wish to be considered for the following scholarships need only apply for admission to Whitman:

Whitman awards renewable, four-year merit-based scholarships, ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 to entering students who have excelled academically. The full scholarship amount is dependent upon full-time enrollment. If a student is not enrolled full-time, their merit scholarship will be pro-rated based on how many credits the student is taking.

Whitman National Merit Scholarships
National Merit finalists receive either a $2,000 annual scholarship if they demonstrate need or a $1,000 annual scholarship if they do not demonstrate need. The $2,000 National Merit Scholarship will be included in students' need-based financial aid packages. National Merit finalists who notify the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by May 1 that Whitman is their first-choice college receive these awards.

Paul Garrett and Claire Sherwood Memorial Scholarships
Awards may range from $4,000 to $55,000 per year depending upon demonstrated financial need. The scholarship also includes a trip to New York City in the student’s junior year to meet Whitman alumni and to visit the headquarters of major corporations and graduate schools in the east.

The Eells Scholarship
Awarded to an entering scholar who has financial need and demonstrates high academic achievement as well as some talent in the fine or performing arts or humanities. The Eells scholarship covers tuition and fees for four years, and includes a research grant.

Lomen-Douglas Scholarships
Students whose backgrounds and experiences demonstrate the ability to contribute to increasing socioeconomic and multicultural diversity awareness at Whitman are chosen to receive these scholarships. Lomen-Douglas scholarships are renewable for four years, range from $2,000 to $55,000 and vary depending on achievement and financial need.

Physical Plant Non-Traditional Student Scholarship
This scholarship has been established through Whitman College’s Physical Plant Services. The staff have come together to raise funds to provide a non-traditional (i.e. an older, perhaps married, parent or student who is coming to Whitman under special circumstances) additional scholarship funds. Each year, the selected student or students will receive additional scholarship, up to $5,000, that will help them meet their educational costs while attending Whitman.

Students wishing to be considered for the following scholarships must apply separately:

Campbell Music Scholarships
Students who have exhibited exceptional musical talent and achievement are selected to receive Campbell Music Scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 per year. Recipients may major in any field. This scholarship is awarded by the Music Department. Please log into your applicant portal for additional information, including the online application.

Higley Music Scholarships
The Higley Scholarship is a four-year scholarship awarded to one or more incoming students intending to declare music as a major. Higley scholarships range between $1,000 and $8,000 per year. This scholarship is awarded by the Music Department. Please log into your applicant portal for additional information, including the online applications.

President’s Scholarships
President's Scholarships may range from $2,500 to $55,000 per year, depending upon financial need, based upon exceptional performance in art or theatre. President's Scholars may major in any field, but are expected to participate in their awarded performance areas during their years at Whitman. To learn more about the scholarships, including the online application, log into your applicant portal.

For more information regarding all scholarships, please contact Justin Gutzwa, Admission Officer and Scholarship Coordinator, at (509) 527-5176 or

Need-Based Scholarships

To qualify for need-based aid at Whitman College you will need to complete the CSS Profile and FAFSA. Each student will have an expected family contribution that will determine the need. Based on this, the college will make an offer of financial aid. You will have need if your family contribution is less than Whitman’s total cost of attendance. The family contribution that is computed includes a parent contribution from income and assets, your summer earnings contribution, and a contribution from your assets, if any, plus any other personal resources you may have. The summer earnings expectation for students is $1,900 for freshman and increases by $100 each year thereafter.

The availability of need-based aid is contingent upon the student meeting the deadlines for applying for Whitman College’s scholarships. New students have 3 deadlines based on when you are applying for admission to the college. Returning students are required to complete their CSS Profile and FAFSA by April 15th. If you are an independent student you will only be required to complete the FAFSA.

If your parents own a business, are self-employed, or receive income from sources other than wages, we may require tax returns.  The Financial Aid Office will request these from you if necessary.

Federal and State Grants

If you are eligible for any federal and/or state grants, they will be included in the financial aid package that you are awarded. These grants would include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Equal Opportunity Grant, and for Washington residents, the State Need Grant and College Bound Scholarships.

Outside Scholarships

The link below will take you to outside scholarship opportunities which we have been made aware of.  The links have been provided to you for your convenience and to assist you in covering your educational expenses at Whitman and/or graduate school.  We hope that you find them helpful.

Outside Scholarships