- The Pacific Power Foundation awarded Whitman a grant of $4,000 to continue the Advanced Studies Enrichment (ASE) program, a weekly tutoring program for AP math and science students from Walla Walla High School. The program offers high school students a great study environment, help understanding new and challenging concepts, and a peek at the college environment. Whitman students have the opportunity to try out their teaching skills, help others, problem solve and engage with their community.
- The Carrie Welch Trust awarded Whitman a grant of $34,000 over three years to support the Walla Walla-Whitman Imaginative Writing Partnership, in which Whitman students use the knowledge and skills they gain in creative writing courses to teach imaginative writing to K‐12 students in the local schools. At each session, Whitman tutors lead the class in a writing activity (usually with a reading component), collect their work, and return for the following session with written feedback on the younger students’ writing. The outreach program was developed and directed by Associate Professor of English Scott Elliott.
- The McMillen Foundation has awarded Whitman’s Studio Art department two grants totaling $38,725 to support The Hand + The Machine, program that examines the artist’s relationship to tools and technology. The project includes workshops by prominent visiting artists, a collaboration with the Walla Walla Foundry, and the purchase of new equipment, including a CNC router, laser cutter, and 3-D printer.
- Associate Professor of Philosophy Patrick Frierson received a Spencer Foundation grant of $39,000 in order to pursue his project, “Pedagogy and Agency in the Philosophy of Maria Montessori.”