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Upward Together: The Campaign for Whitman College

The Campaign for Whitman College

Rising to the challenge

Pursuing Our Highest Peak Yet

The Upward Together campaign is a compelling and collective effort to elevate and enhance a Whitman College education for generations of students—tomorrow's thinkers, leaders and changemakers. It’s time to build on Whitman’s historic strengths while seizing new opportunities before us. Join us as we move Whitman forward and go upward, together. 

Our Priorities

Together, we will expand access and affordability; magnify academic excellence and distinction; foster a vibrant campus community; advance diversity, equity and inclusion; and launch strong graduates into meaningful careers.

Access & Affordability Expand Access & Affordability

A bold pledge to meet the full financial need of all Whitman students—opening our doors wider to the most talented, motivated and deserving.

academic excellence Academic Excellence & Distinction

A commitment to advancing academic programs, student-faculty research and experiential learning that will inspire students to choose Whitman and prepare them for great futures.

vibrant campus Vibrant Campus Community

A historic investment in residential life, community-building, wellness and athletics to ensure that students connect and flourish.

Advancing DEIA Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

A dedicated focus on programs that foster diversity, inclusion and belonging so that all members
of our community thrive.

Strong Launches Strong Graduate Launches for All Students

A heightened effort to help students explore careers, find their passions and create opportunities for postgraduate success and impact.

The Whitman Fund The Whitman Fund

A collective endeavor to meet our students’ immediate needs.

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We’re Getting There Together

$ 200 M
Our Goal
$ 171 M
Dollars Raised
14053
Total Donors

Stories of Impact

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Image of the Phi Delta Theta house at Whitman College.

Osborne Family Partners With Whitman on Gift To Improve Fraternity Housing

A gift from Matt Osborne ’93 and the late George Osborne ’66, along with an investment from Whitman College, will fund $900,000 in fraternity housing upgrades this summer.

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Rendering of the newly dedicated Stenger Hall in the Junior-Senior Housing Building Project

Upward Together Hits Record-Breaking Milestone—Thanks to $5M Gift for Stegner Hall

A $5 million gift recognized by the naming of Stegner Hall lifted the Upward Together campaign to a total of $169 million—a record level of philanthropic support for a Whitman College campaign.

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Jock Edwards and Jim Moore in the locker room of the Edwards-Moore Clubhouse

A ‘Game Changer’—New Baseball Clubhouse Unveiled

A new baseball clubhouse—the Edwards-Moore Clubhouse at Borleske Stadium— opened to the Whitman College Blues and Walla Walla Sweets on Saturday, April 6, 2024 following a dedication ceremony that celebrated generous donors and the progress of Whitman Athletics. A photo gallery includes images of the ceremony and highlights of the new, vibrant facility.

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Students walking across Ankeny Field on Whitman College campus

Whitman Doubles Down To Expand Scholarships & Aid

In a major step toward the Upward Together campaign’s goal of meeting the full financial need of every student, Whitman will provide a 1:1 match of college funds to scholarship-designated gifts of $50,000 or more.

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3-D Model renderings of the new buildings involving the Jr./Sr. Housing Project.

New Place to Call Home: Investing in a Major Addition to Campus

Thanks to gifts to Upward Together, construction is officially underway on a new residential village that will change the way students live and learn at Whitman College. Set to open in August 2025, the apartment-style living community will be home to more than 200 students—in three new residence halls designed specifically for juniors and seniors.

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Alumni Panel Upward Together

Featured Video: Whittie Wisdom on Display

As part of the Upward Together launch weekend, President Sarah R. Bolton moderated a panel of inspiring alumni who spoke about “Finding Success and Purpose in a Changing World” in front of a large crowd, including many students, at Chism Recital Hall in Whitman’s Hall of Music.

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Inside the baseball clubhouse.

Whitman Blues Baseball Clubhouse Taking Shape at Borleske Stadium

When their 2024 seasons open, the Whitman Blues and Walla Walla Sweets will have a new home. The 3,300-square-foot clubhouse will feature a team locker room, a training room, team spaces and more! See how the clubhouse is coming together.

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Katie Krummeck wears a black and white striped referee shirt as she leads a group of educators in an activity involving many colored post-it notes, pens and other items

Whitman Receives Gift to Bring Designer-in-Residence for New Human-Centered Design Concentration

Whitman College students in the new Human-Centered Design (HCD) concentration will have access to additional experts thanks to a generous $100,000 gift from the Lawrence Parke Murphy Trust. This gift to the college’s Upward Together campaign will fund an exciting designer-in-residence program beginning in the 2024–2025 academic year.

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President Sarah R. Bolton toasts the new Robart Hall during the Seattle Reception

Whitman Names Robart Hall Following Leadership Gift to Student Village

Whitman College received a leadership gift for a new junior-senior residential village and will name a hall in honor of Judge James Robart ’69. The announcement was made at a November 2023 Seattle event at T-Mobile Park launching the college’s Upward Together campaign.

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More than 1,530 Donors Go ALL IN for Whitman

More than 1,500 alumni, faculty, staff, families and friends supported the college through ALL IN for Whitman giving days in October 2023. The collective effort raised more than $532,500 for scholarships and college’s greatest needs, as well as support for athletics and a broad variety of student-focused programs.

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An architectural rendering of the buildings and outdoor common spaces for the planned Junior-Senior Village.

Whitman’s Vision for a Junior-Senior Village

Whitman College is setting the stage for launching a transformative junior-senior residential village. The Board of Trustees, along with alumni and friends, initiated $10 million in gifts for this innovative project, with a goal of raising $30 million to commence construction.

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A group of Whitman athletes and Whitman community members gathering at the new Whitman turf field

New FieldTurf is an Investment in Excellence For Blue Athletics

This summer, Whitman student-athletes and coaches saw significant facility upgrades. Generous gifts of $3.6 million from alumni and friends led to the installation of a new FieldTurf surface, offering year-round training and competition. The field was dedicated on October 14, 2023, as James Hayner Field in honor of a Whitman trustee and Walla Walla community leader.

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Drew Shoals ’05 plays the drums during the Upward Together celebration.

‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’: Highlights from the Upward Together Launch

Enjoy highlights from the launch of Upward Together: The Campaign for Whitman College. This historic and ambitious campaign will focus on key priorities to enhance and enrich the student experience—from access and affordability to campus life and mental health.

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Roger and Rosemary Knapp stand next to each smiling. They are standing in front of a tree trunk and behind them is green grass and leaves.

The Knapp Family’s Tradition Of Giving

The Knapp family’s connection to Whitman College spans three generations and eight family members over 80 years. Their commitment to the institution is underscored by the establishment of the Knapp Family Scholarship Endowment, which supports underrepresented students at Whitman. Roger and Rosemary Knapp, both Whitman alumni, emphasize the transformative power of education and the value of a liberal arts education.

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Mark Juhasz speaking with student.
This investment in Whitman Chemistry will open up opportunities for students and prepare them to engage the needs of the world.

A Gift to Whitman’s Chemistry Program Allows For Academic Growth

By investing in the chemistry department, Limei and Jay seek to elevate Whitman’s status as a top-notch liberal arts college that boasts a stellar STEM program and to equip future graduates to solve the world’s most pressing problems in the process.

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Darrell Baggs stands smiling on a balcony with multi-story apartment buildings in the background

Scholarship Supports Small-Town Students Pursuing Big Dreams

Darrell Baggs, a Montana native, broke barriers to attend college due to his mother’s unwavering belief in education. He established the Frances Jane Ford Baggs Scholarship at Whitman College to help students from rural backgrounds access a liberal arts education. Baggs has been a dedicated supporter of Whitman, both financially and through his service on the Board of Overseers. His story epitomizes the enduring impact of a mother’s dream and the transformational power of education.

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Whitman students jumping in excitement in front of a Whitman sign

Whitman Receives $1.5 Million Alumni Gift for Scholarships & Aid

Whitman College received a gift of $1.5 million for student scholarships and aid from Gordon ’68 and Kathy Britt Keane ’67 to support the recently launched Upward Together campaign.

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Generational Threads: One Family’s Journey of Fortitude and Generosity

Esther Hook Milnes ’73, her mother Laura Rodgers Hook Kurtz ’45, and son Douglas Hook Milnes ’02 share a strong connection with Whitman College. Their enduring commitment to giving back has provided scholarships and support to numerous students over nearly five decades.

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The Whitman Community Celebrates Going ‘Upward Together’

The Whitman community came together on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, to celebrate the launch of “Upward Together: The Campaign for Whitman College.” The campaign will focus on key priorities, including access and affordability, academic excellence and a vibrant campus community.

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Upward Together campaign launch

Whitman College Announces Upward Together Campaign

Whitman College announces its largest fundraising campaign in its history: Upward Together: The Campaign for Whitman College. The Whitman College campaign will focus on key priorities, including access and affordability, and academic excellence and distinction.

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Helen and John Logan

Whitman Alumna’s Gift Will Provide Housing Support for Faculty & Staff

Whitman College is grateful to announce a significant gift from a late alumna of the college. More than three decades ago, Helen McAuslan Logan-Schneider ’55 set up a charitable trust that with her passing gives the college ownership of three rental properties near campus which will provide housing support for faculty and staff.

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Whitman Blues new clubhouse

Construction Underway for Baseball Clubhouse at Borleske Stadium

Donor gifts are making possible a new clubhouse facility to serve the Whitman Blues baseball program. Located at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla, the $3.7 million, 3,300 square-foot clubhouse will include locker and training rooms, as well as recruiting and multipurpose team meeting spaces.

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Architectural rendering of Harvey Hall

Whitman Receives $10 Million in Gifts Toward Harvey Hall and Student Village

The Whitman College Board of Trustees, alumni and friends of the college made gifts of $10 million toward the first building of a student residential village—Harvey Hall—which will be named in honor of the college’s longest-serving Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey.

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Kathryn Woodburn in lab.

When Giving Back Just Makes Sense

Wendy Sanger McGuire ’77 lives a life of adventure and meaning—and when she did retirement planning, she thought of her alma mater, Whitman College.

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New field turf

Whitman College to Install FieldTurf Field for Lacrosse and Soccer

Whitman College intercollegiate soccer and lacrosse teams will train and compete year-round on a new FieldTurf synthetic field starting in the fall 2023 season. 

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Upward Pathways

Extraordinary Journeys Into the World

Our alumni’s diverse student experiences and career paths showcase the transformative power of a Whitman education. Explore how your gifts shape lives and empower Whitties to excel and make a difference in the world.

Aisha “Adyiam” Kimbrough ’19

Aisha “Adyiam” Kimbrough ’19

Aisha "Adyiam" Kimbrough ’19 found her place working in policy and global studies while at Whitman. Now, at YouthPrise and Minnesota Seeds of Justice, she advocates for others daily in her work.

Anna Allgeyer ’22

Anna Allgeyer ’22

Anna Allgeyer ’22 was passionate about climate causes during her four years at Whitman. As a fellow with the Environmental Protection Agency, she gets to pursue that work daily.

Klaudia Kyjovska ’22

Klaudia Kyjovska ’22

Klaudia Kyjovska ’22 started at Whitman with an interest in economics. Now, at Trilogy Search Partners, she works every day with other Whitties to advance people’s dreams.

Grace Fashanu ’22

Grace Fashanu ’22

At Whitman, Grace Fashanu was a student-leader building communities grounded in justice for all. Now at the FDIC, she works daily to apply that value in the banking industry.

Cameron Conner ’20

Cameron Conner ’20

Cameron Conner ’20 was a student leader passionate about making a difference. As a Watson Fellow, Conner examines how communities come together to meet their needs.

Salma Anguiano ’22

Salma Anguiano ’22

Serving as a advocate in her community and at Whitman, Salma Anguaino ’22 is still learning about how to help others near and far.

Juan Pablo Liendo ’21

Juan Pablo Liendo ’21

At Whitman, Juan Pablo Liendo ’21 was a student-leader curious about making impactful change. Now, at the Seattle Foundation he works daily to foster that change.

Arthur Shemitz ’17

Arthur Shemitz ’17

Inspired by policymaking while he was a student, Arthur Shemitz ’17 goes the extra mile to reimagine government at the Centre for Public Impact.

Heather Lovelace ’15

Heather Lovelace ’15

Called to medicine since she stepped foot on campus, Heather Lovelace ’15 works every day toward getting others healthy and moving again.

Tyler Calkin-Low ’09

Tyler Calkin-Low ’09

Now teaching those whose shoes he was once in, Tyler Calkin-Low ’09 continues to build a career in art, drawing inspiration from his Whitman education.

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Michelle Mathieu ’92

Michelle Mathieu ’92

Michelle Mathieu has been a consistent supporter of Whitman—helping students thrive and flourish through unrestricted giving.

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Kimberly Starr ’90

Kimberly Starr ’90

Inspired by the loss of her son, Kimberly Starr gives back to Whitman through the advancement of mental health and suicide prevention resources.

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Deborah Grubb Moskovitz ’91

Deborah Grubb Moskovitz ’91

Deborah Moskovitz is passionate about supporting regional geology field trips, like the ones that inspired her career, as well as need-based aid scholarships.

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Ahn Lee Horn ’91

Ahn Lee Horn ’91

In honor of her father, Ahn Lee Horn ’91 established an endowed scholarship for current students. The David Lee Styris Scholarship will help make Whitman College more accessible for exceptional students.

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Court Wyckoff ’00

Court Wyckoff ’00

Court Wyckoff and his family made a generous investment through Upward Together to help bring a new turf field to Whitman for Blues athletes.

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Jeremy Floberg and Sara Sakamoto

Jeremy Floberg ’95 & Sara Sakamoto ’98

Jeremy Floberg and Sara Sakamoto are excited to support the junior-senior residential village and the naming of Harvey Hall.

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Sarah Wang

Sarah Wang ’89

Sarah Wang has generously supported the First Opportunity Scholarship; the junior-senior residential village; diversity, equity and inclusion; and the W Club.

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Jeff Razwick

Jeff Razwick ’98

Jeff Razwick made a generous commitment to Upward Together to help bring a new competition training surface to Whitman for the varsity lacrosse and soccer teams.

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Tricia and Paul Montgomery

Paul Montgomery ’89 & Tricia Putnam Montgomery ’90

Paul Montgomery and Tricia Putnam Montgomery created an internship endowment to provide student stipends for unpaid internships.

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Leigh Ann Lucero ’91

Leigh Ann Lucero ’91

Leigh Ann Lucero and her husband created a scholarship endowment to help make a Whitman education accessible for students of all walks of life.

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Daniele Garbe Reser

Danielle Garbe Reser ’97

Danielle Garbe Reser is dedicated to investing both in the college’s greatest needs and in scholarship programs that make a Whitman education accessible for more students.

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Aaron Perrine ’99

Aaron Perrine ’99

Aaron Perrine and his wife are making a gift to help realize Harvey Hall and a new junior-senior residential village on campus.

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Eric Jacks

Eric Jacks ’03

Eric Jacks has donated to Whitman annually since he graduated. He and his wife support The Whitman Fund through unrestricted gifts.

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Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis ’18

Andrew Davis made a generous multiyear pledge to The Whitman Fund designated to scholarship aid and internships.

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Jed Schwendiman ’92 and Paea LePendu ’96

Jed Schwendiman ’92 and Paea LePendu ’96

Jed Schwendiman ’92 and Paea LePendu ’96, who both have careers in higher education, support a variety of Whitman programs because of their great experiences on campus.

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Interested in Going Upward Together for Whitman Students?

You can make a gift through a variety of ways to meet your financial and philanthropic goals. To request a conversation with a development officer, please contact us at 509-527-5165 or .

To make a gift online now with your credit card:

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