Lian Caspi, Watson Fellowship (United Kingdom, India, Nepal, South Africa, Colombia)

Sarah Debs, NIH/IRTA Award (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, Maryland)

Christopher Fleming, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, India (research)

Tom Friedenbach, Critical Language Scholarship (U.S. Department of State, Chinese); Killam Scholarship

Jeremy Norden, Davis Projects for Peace (Colombia, Japan)

Alegria Olmedo, Princeton in Asia Fellowship (environmental conservation, TRAFFIC, Hanoi)

Brian Raftrey, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (cell biology, Stanford University)

Oak Rankin, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Brazil (English Teaching Assistantship)

Hannah Siano, Udall Scholarship (environmental studies)

Alex Waheed, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Malaysia (English Teaching Assistantship)

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

  • Whitman Fellows Create Paths to the Future

    May 12, 2019 • Prestigious postgraduate fellowships, such as the Marshall and Schwarzman scholarships, are helping alumni pursue knowledge and build their best life.

  • Undergraduate Conference Sees Record Number of Presenters

    April 8, 2019 • Whitman College’s annual Undergraduate Conference is bringing a variety of student-led and produced research to the Whitman community on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. In its 21st year, the conference has grown to a record 69 students presenting 57 posters in Cordiner Hall, three unique sessions of panels and music performances by the Chamber Ensemble, and Jazz Ensembles I and II.

  • Senior Receives Watson Fellowship to Study Horse Cultures Abroad

    March 27, 2019 • Whitman College senior Caroline Evan “Cello” Lockwood ’19 will spend the year after graduation studying the ways that different cultures interact with horses, thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation.

  • Kimberly Taylor '20 Measures Resilience in Children as part of Yearlong Community Fellowship

    March 15, 2019 • Psychology and computer science major Kimberly Taylor '20 is measuring different components of resilience in students who participate in afterschool programs at local elementary schools in a one-year fellowship with Walla Walla Public Schools 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

  • Cameron Conner ’20 Selected as Newman Civic Fellow

    March 7, 2019 • Politics and rhetoric studies major Cameron Conner '20 has received a Newman Civic Fellowship from Campus Compact. He is one of just 262 college students to be accepted into their 2019-2020 cohort.