Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 2, 2005

Whitworth Opens Its Doors to College Students Displaced by Hurricane Katrina

Whitworth College will offer free tuition to students enrolled in colleges and universities shuttered by the effects of Hurricane Katrina, officials announced today.

The college can accommodate up to 10 students who have registered for classes and made arrangements for payment at their home institutions. Eligible students will be able to enroll in Whitworth courses on a space-available basis and transfer the credits to their home institutions when they are operational, says Whitworth Registrar Gary Whisenand.

"When we stand by and witness these kinds of disasters the Christian response is to give what we have," says Michael Le Roy, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Whitworth. "We can't go to the Gulf Coast to help, but Whitworth can help to continue the education of displaced students. We thought that this might be one way that our faculty, students and staff might be able help students and our sister institutions in their time of need."

Whitworth will waive tuition for students displaced by the hurricane and is asking those students to make arrangements to pay their home institutions to aid in reconstruction costs.

"The hurricane has had a devastating effect on schools in its path," says Whitworth President Bill Robinson. "We want to do everything possible to help the individual students who have been affected but also the institutions who serve the students."

Students who are interested in this offer should contact the Whitworth Student Life Office at (509) 777-3271.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Kathy Storm, vice president for student life, (509) 777-3271 or kathystorm@whitworth.edu.

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

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