Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 2, 2001

Whitworth Senior Awarded Prestigious Woodrow Foundation Scholarship

Whitworth senior theatre major Julia Marsh is accustomed to rehearsing for roles, but no drama class could have prepared her for her reaction when she received an $18,750 Woodrow Foundation Scholarship.

"When they called me to tell me I had received the scholarship, it was really unexpected," Marsh says. "I laughed and was shocked because I never thought I would be the one. Then they told me the amount I was to receive. I never actually knew the figure when I was applying, so when I heard, I dropped the phone and hung up on the trustee. I promptly called him back totally dumbfounded and embarrassed."

Marsh's scholarship is a full tuition and book scholarship awarded for the 2001-2002 academic year. Each year, five Whitworth finalists are nominated by a college selection committee. The college then sends the nominations to US Bank, which serves as the trustee for the Leon Woodrow estate scholarship, to make the final decision. To be eligible for the Woodrow Foundation Scholarship, students must have a 3.75 or higher GPA, demonstrated leadership skills, and high financial need.

"I was thrilled that Julia, who is so deserving, was now in the company of so many other outstanding students who have been honored by the Woodrow Foundation," says Whitworth Professor of Theatre Rick Hornor. "I also breathed a huge sigh of relief that we now knew Julia would be able to finish her education at Whitworth."

Marsh, who is from Angels Camp, Calif., transferred to Whitworth the second semester of her freshman year from Smith College in Northampton, Mass. One semester into college, Marsh learned she would receive little help from her parents to pay for school, and began to apply for loans and academic and department scholarships. At the end of last year, Marsh was paying for school herself and worrying that she did not have the money to return to Whitworth in the fall.

"The scholarship has been a blessing from God, because I can now go through the year without worrying about finances, as many students have to," Marsh said. "I am incredibly grateful for this gift and I hope I can live up to the trustees' expectations."

After graduating from Whitworth, Marsh plans to work with young people to teach them about the self-esteem and self-worth they can receive from theater programs. She credits theater, music and dance with having a positive influence in her life and inspiring her to share her passion and love of the arts with others.

"I want to give that gift of play and fun to everyone, especially adolescents, who often feel like if they are not sports- or academically-inclined, that they are not going to go anywhere," Marsh said. "I am really excited because this scholarship allows me to work on figuring out internships and possible graduate programs without having to wonder if I have enough money for food this month."

The Woodrow Foundation Scholarship is awarded each academic year to one student at Whitworth College. Students must be nominated by a department in order to be eligible.


Nancy Morlock, assistant director of Financial Aid, (509) 777-4378, or nmorlock@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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