May 19, 2004
Student Leader Awarded Full-Tuition Scholarship
Whitworth student Christina Bumgarner was selected as the recipient of the Woodrow Foundation Scholarship, which covers the full cost of tuition and books -- about $21,700 -- for the 2004-05 academic year.
"I feel very blessed and honored to receive such an amazing award," says Bumgarner, a resident of Polson, Mont., who will be a junior in the fall and is majoring in sociology with minors in religion and psychology.
Bumgarner exemplifies service and leadership through her involvement in Whitworth's Bonner Leaders Program, a two year, service-based work-study position that promotes student, campus and community development. Bumgarner also volunteers at Anna Ogden Hall, a shelter for women and children, and she holds a leadership position as a medic in Whitworth's freshman residence hall, participates in several small-group Bible studies, and leads second- and third-grade students at Flight School, a children's church program at Shiloh Hills Fellowship.
Bumgarner's desire to undertake leadership positions and service opportunities was ignited the summer before her sophomore year in high school, when she and her family went on a month-long mission trip to Brazil. Bumgarner, along with her three sisters and her parents, worked in a mission, dispensing clothes and food. Each evening the family would visit a different church in the area, where they would lead the service.
"Because of my experience in Brazil, I have a great desire to be more aware of those in need around me and to serve them," Bumgarner says. "God has blessed me with so much, and I want to share that with others."
After getting married this summer and graduating from Whitworth in 2006, Bumgarner is considering attending graduate school to earn a master's degree in social work. She and her fiancÚ share a goal of one day providing a safe haven for children in need.
"My future husband and I have huge hearts for children, and sometime in the future we'd love to have a ranch where children from the inner city, foster children, and children from orphanages can live and be loved, and be taught good values."
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 (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.
Nancy Morlock, assistant director of financial aid, (509) 777-4378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or email@example.com.