In Their Own Words

Scholarships Provide Opportunities

Access is a major component of the Now Is the Time Campaign.

students in lab “Whitman has been one of the best experiences of my life. I love this place, the people, and the classes. And coming from an Alaskan crab fishing family I could not have afforded this opportunity without help. I find myself reflecting more and more upon how valuable my time here has been, and how more than anything Whitman has given me a lifelong desire to learn.”
— Nathan Ord ’12

More than 40 new scholarship endowments have been created so far through the campaign and many other donors have made multi-year commitments to bolster existing need- and merit-based awards. These investments in students will pay dividends for years to come as our graduates take on leadership roles in our communities.

Here, we profile two grateful scholarship recipients, who are among the hundreds who receive support from Whitman donors each year:

Nathan Ord ’12, the 2011-12 recipient of the Michael and Susan Gillespie and Kit Sheehan Muller scholarships, graduated with honors in his biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular biology major. In the summer of 2011, with support from a Whitman College grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Nathan did research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on antibody response. He is pictured here (center) with lab mentors at the research center.

Omar Ihmoda

Omar Ihmoda ’12 graduated from Whitman summa cum laude. He also earned honors in his history major by presenting his thesis work on Middle Eastern immigrants in Argentina at the annual History Honors Conference. While at Whitman, Omar was supported by the William and Jeanie Anderson and Robert Whitner scholarships and was selected by faculty for the Ronald V. Sires-Robert L. Whitner History Award – all funds that were made possible by gifts to the College.

“Finding out that I would be the first member of my family to attend a four-year college meant a tremendous amount to me and my family. The education I have received at Whitman has not only helped me find stable and meaningful work, but has also made me a more capable, thoughtful, and engaged world citizen. I can only hope that I will be able to use my education in a manner that honors the generosity of scholarship donors.”
– Omar Ihmoda ’12