Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

August 2, 2007

Whitworth Junior Awarded Full-Tuition Scholarship from Woodrow Foundation

Whitworth University junior Tovah Kingman's road to becoming a nurse has been eased significantly by a $26,294 scholarship from the Woodrow Foundation. The scholarship covers tuition and books for the 2007-08 academic year.

"Because Whitworth is a private institution, finances are an important factor in accomplishing my goals," Kingman says. "I work every summer to help pay for tuition, and my mom and I have both taken out loans. This scholarship is an incredible blessing to my family and me, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude."

Robert Hawley, who is a member of the US Bank group that selects the scholarship recipient on behalf of the Woodrow Foundation Trust, said Kingman stood out from an impressive field of applicants.

"The Committee for the Woodrow Scholarship bases its selection on four criteria: character, intelligence, scholastic record and financial need," Hawley says. "Tovah Kingman was chosen based on her passion to serve her campus and community, her proven ability to overcome obstacles, and her overall enthusiasm for life. US Bank is honored to fulfill Mr. Woodrow's legacy by granting this scholarship to such an outstanding student."

Kingman, who attended Walla Wall High School and is a resident of College Place, Wash., is majoring in biology at Whitworth. She plans to enroll in the WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing and become a registered nurse. Kingman was a member of the Whitworth University Laureate Society in 2006; students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher are eligible for membership in the society.

"My goal is not only to graduate as a biology major, but to graduate as a well-rounded individual with a servant's heart for Christ, and to become a compassionate and efficient nurse," she says. "My long-term goals are always to put others' needs ahead of my own in this profession, and to be loving and supportive toward the patients I will be taking care of."

Kingman has already displayed her service ethic and compassion as a junior Wyldlife volunteer at Pioneer Middle School in Walla Walla and as a Wyldlife leader at Northwood Middle School in Spokane.

"Tovah is one of those rare students who really knows what it means to be a servant," wrote Doug Hayes, youth director at College Place Presbyterian Church, in a letter of recommendation for Kingman. "She is a highly motivated individual who puts her own needs second to those around her. She truly is one of those students who is a great investment in the future."

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

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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

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

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