Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

June 6, 2002

Prestigious Woodrow Foundation Scholarship Comes Just in Time for Accomplished Whitworth Student

Whitworth student Charissa Rohner has cobbled together grants, scholarships, work earnings and support from family members to cover most of the cost of her first three years of college. She was expecting to lean far more heavily on student loans for her senior year, until she learned recently that she had won the prestigious Woodrow Foundation Scholarship.

The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and books - about $19,500 - for the 2002-2003 academic year.

"The scholarship lifts a huge burden off of me and my family in terms of worrying about finances," says Rohner, who graduated from Medical Lake High School in Medical Lake, Wash., and is entering her senior year at Whitworth. "It's an amazing blessing."

Inspired by two influential high school teachers, Rohner is majoring in math and is completing a secondary teaching certification at Whitworth with plans to be a high school math teacher. She says she's especially interested in working with at-risk students.

"They're often discounted in society and viewed as problems, but I think they have a lot to offer and just need to be encouraged. I want to be a part of that," Rohner says. "I think math is a good bridge, because it's practical and something everyone needs to succeed in life. I believe in loving kids, and one important way to do that is to give them the tools they need to be successful."

Rohner has previously received the Trustee Scholarship and the Myrna Wittwer Memorial Scholarship. She is a member of the Laureate Society, for which she must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher at Whitworth. She also volunteers with the Cup of Cool Water outreach ministry to Spokane street youth and Children's Ministry at Life Center North, and participated this year in the Guild School Penny Drive.

The Woodrow Foundation Scholarship is awarded each academic year to one student at Whitworth College. To be eligible for the Woodrow Foundation Scholarship, students must have a 3.75 or higher GPA, demonstrated leadership skills, and high financial need. Students must be nominated by an academic department, and then the nominations are reviewed by a college committee which selects five finalists. The final selection is made by US Bank, which serves as the trustee for the Leon Woodrow estate scholarship.

Located in Spokane, Wash., 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.


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

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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