Improving Access through Scholarship Support
More than any other factor, the availability of financial aid, particularly scholarships, profoundly influences students’ decisions about which school to attend. Whitman continues to work to build a comprehensive financial aid program that ensures a Whitman education is accessible and attractive to all who are offered admission.
Need-based scholarships perpetuate our distinguished history of providing support for students from middle and lower-income families. A Whitman education is too important and too valuable to be available only to those who have the means to attend. At the same time, merit scholarships help us recognize and recruit potential leaders and bring those with demonstrated talent to our campus.
Endowed scholarships, both need-based and merit-based, help level the playing field between Whitman and the schools with which we compete most frequently for students.
Profiles of Recent Scholarship Gifts
Maurice and Gale Hempstead Weir both graduated from Whitman in 1961. In recognition of the scholarship aid they received as students, they established the Maurice and Gale Weir Mathematics Scholarship Endowment to support students who major in math or who have combined majors including math. With Maurice’s recent passing, this fund has now become his legacy to Whitman.
A couple makes a meaningful gift by supporting math scholarships »
Programs that attract international students to Whitman and those that send Whitman students abroad play important roles in a comprehensive liberal arts education. Two new scholarships, the F. James and Jayne S. McCarthy Scholarship Endowment and the Erik E. and Edith H. Bergstrom Foundation Scholarship Endowment, support these exchanges.
Connecting the world to Whitman and Whitman to the world »