Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

August 9, 2002

Two Incoming Freshmen Receive Full-Tuition Scholarships to Whitworth College

Jaime Fay of Bend, Ore., and Aaron Boyles of Colorado Springs, Colo., were selected to receive Faculty Scholarships to Whitworth College following the college's 5th Annual Faculty Scholarship Competition. The four-year, full-tuition Faculty Scholarships are awarded to two incoming freshmen each year. The competition was open to fall 2002 freshman applicants possessing a minimum 3.75 GPA and 1250 SAT score who have been admitted to Whitworth with honors.

Fay and Boyles, along with 78 other students, took part in the scholarship competition April 6 and 7 at Whitworth. The students gave individual presentations, wrote essays in the college's computer labs, participated in team debates, and enjoyed social time together. Whitworth faculty and students evaluated the participants based on their essays, presentations, team debates, and other small-group interactions.

Fay, a 2002 graduate of Bend Senior High School in Bend, Ore., is the daughter of Thomas and Janet Fay. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was the valedictorian of her graduating class of 350 students. While in high school, Fay was active in Young Life Club, soccer and tennis.

Boyles, a 2002 graduate of Roy J. Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the son of John and Linda Boyles. He graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was the valedictorian of his graduating class of 312 students. Boyles was a member of the National Honors Society and participated in band, vocal performance, baseball, and track and field.

Whitworth is currently in its sixth consecutive year of capacity enrollment, with the 2002 freshman class being one of the college's largest ever. According to Fred Pfursich, dean of enrollment services, the demand for a Whitworth education continues to grow.

"Freshman applications to Whitworth are up 13 percent compared to last year," Pfursich says. "Since we continue to limit the incoming freshman class to 425 students, the fall 2002 entering freshmen will be a high-achieving and talented group."

Founded in 1890, Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,100 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs at its 200-acre Spokane, Wash., campus.

Contacts:

Fred Pfursich, dean of enrollment services, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4348 or fpfursich@whitworth.edu.

Marianne Hansen, director of admissions, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4347 or mhansen@whitworth.edu.

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

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