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.

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.

Each April, twenty-five to thirty finalists chosen by the admission committee are brought to Whitman for an all-expenses-paid campus visit over Admitted Students' Day weekend. On Saturday, finalists sit for an interview with either the Garrett or Sherwood selection committees. These committees are composed of governing board members, alumni, and faculty who have reviewed finalists' applications. Each year about six men and six women are named Garrett and Sherwood scholars.

Students selected as Garrett or Sherwood Scholars receive scholarship awards ranging from $4,000 to $52,000, based upon demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Whitman College Office of Financial Aid Services using data from the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Finalists who interview for the scholarship will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Students who are selected as Garrett and Sherwood Scholars but do not demonstrate financial need receive a $4,000 scholarship, in addition to any Whitman Achievement Scholarship she/he may have already received. Over spring break of junior year, Garrett and Sherwood Scholars travel to New York City for a career exploration and networking trip.

During the trip to New York City, students are introduced to the leaders in finance, business, media, culture and government. Local alumni welcome students and assist them in making contacts in their potential career fields.

Highlights of the New York City Trip
For Garrett & Sherwood Scholars
    Accompanying faculty: Bob Withycombe
    Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies

Visits with Scholars:

• Hong-Nhi Do '10, Teach for America
• Aubrey Gallegos '08, POV/PBS
• Paul Newell '97, Democratic District Leader
• Randy Stearns '84, MSNBC
• Aaron Blank '01, Random House Audio Publishing Group
• Vojislav Andjelkovic '94, Merrill Lynch Private Banking
• Scott Thompson '05, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
• Scott Kilpatrick '03, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Broadway Show: "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"

Sightseeing: Brooklyn Historical Society, Diocese of Brooklyn, Central Park, Fifth Avenue, The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim, SoHo, and The World Trade Center Site.

In addition to the New York trip, 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.

Please contact Program Coordinator Jack Percival at with questions.