Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 27, 2003

Two Students Awarded Founder's Day Scholarships
for Their Innovative Proposals to Strengthen Whitworth

Sophomore religion major Christina DesVaux and senior elementary education major Sharon Young were awarded $1,000 Founder's Day Scholarships during Whitworth's recent Founder's Day Convocation. The annual scholarship recognizes two students with high academic achievement who have made innovative and realistic proposals for strengthening an aspect of Whitworth College.

The scholarship was established in 1999 to honor the legacy of Whitworth College's founder, George Whitworth. This year the college instituted a requirement of a 500-word essay in which applicants proposed one way to build on Whitworth's heritage by making the college even stronger. DesVaux's and Young's winning submissions were chosen by a committee appointed by Tammy Reid, vice president for academic affairs.

DesVaux's and Young's proposals met the criteria of originality and viability, clarity and persuasiveness, and potential positive impact on the Whitworth community.

"Both winning essays captured exactly the kind of imaginative thinking we wanted to see," says Gordon Jackson, associate dean for academic affairs at Whitworth. "Their ideas were practical and were significant in their potential long-term impact on the campus. Even if we can't implement their ideas in full, I expect we'll be able to act upon a significant part of what Christina and Sharon suggested."

DesVaux, a resident of Las Vegas, Nev., proposed using art to beautify and enrich Whitworth's campus. She encouraged expanding the exhibition of student art from the Fine Arts Building to hallways across campus for both academic and aesthetic purposes.

"Let us embrace the wealth of talent that surrounds us, and be enriched by the inherent beauty of the visual arts," she wrote.

Young, a resident of Wenatchee, Wash., proposed that Whitworth students who cannot fulfill their multicultural requirement outside of Spokane be required to do so by working closely with one of the diverse communities within the city.

"Spokane has a wide variety of immigrants, an inner city population, and a Native American culture all within driving distance of Whitworth," Young wrote. "Why not require the students who are taking their multicultural credit in Spokane to actually experience another culture?"

Invitations to apply for the Founder's Day Scholarship are sent to all current members of the dean's honor roll during the fall semester. The scholarship will help cover DesVaux's and Young's tuition expenses for the spring semester.


Gordon Jackson, professor of communications and associate dean of the faculty, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4303 or gjackson@whitworth.edu.

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

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