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Whitworth is a place of fearless intellect and unconstrained commitment to Christ. Where the answers aren't given, but meaning is found. Where chapel isn't required, but is often standing-room only. Where renowned scholars conduct research with students, and meet them for coffee to talk about life. By bringing open minds and hearts together, we equip students to flourish and serve in a diverse and evolving world. Here and beyond, we honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.

Facts & Rankings

  • 2,630 undergraduate enrollment
  • 339 graduate enrollment
  • 154 full-time faculty
  • 11:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 87%

    classes with fewer than 30 students

  • 43% 2016 grads who participated in study abroad
  • 85.4% first-to-second year retention rate
  • 85% percentage of graduates who finish in four years
  • Students

    Undergraduate Student Information

    • Geographic representation: 33 states, 40 countries
    • Domestic underrepresented racial/ethnic enrollment: 23.6 percent
    • International enrollment: 2.7 percent

    Class of 2020 Profile

    • Total freshman applications: 3,966
    • Enrollment: 595
    • Average SAT: 1753 (national average: 1490)
      SAT/ACT not required for admission
    • Average GPA: 3.76
  • Costs & Financial Aid

    Costs

    • Tuition and fees: $40,562 (2016-17)
    • Room and board: $11,170 (2016-17)

    Financial Aid

    • Average financial aid for incoming 2016-17 freshmen receiving aid: $34,132
    • Percentage of incoming freshmen receiving financial aid: 99 percent
    • Total amount of scholarships and grants for matriculating day students: $56+ million
    • Percentage of traditional undergraduate students (half-time or more) receiving aid: 99 percent
    • Whitworth students graduate with approximately $6,000 less debt than other graduates nationally
    • Average three-year student-loan default rate: 1.8 percent (national average is 11.3 percent)
  • Campus

    • Campus Size: 200 acres
    • Whitworth has invested more than $110 million in campus improvements in recent years. Whitworth is committed to sustainability for new and existing construction and to pursuing LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). All new construction projects since 2010 are LEED certified.

    Recent Campus Improvements

    • Cowles Music Center addition and renovation (completed Sept. 2016): $13.5 million
    • University Recreation Center: $8 million
    • William P. & Bonnie V. Robinson Science Hall: $32 million
    • Oliver Residence Hall: $11.6 million
    • Hixson Union Building: $8 million
    • Weyerhaeuser Hall Academic Building: $7.1 million
    • Boppell Residence Hall: $4 million
    • Residence hall renovations: $4.5 million
    • Technology/infrastructure upgrades: $3.7 million
    • Dixon Hall renovation: $3 million
    • Johnston Science Center renovation: $2.8 million
    • Cowles Memorial Auditorium renovation: $2.2 million
    • Softball/soccer/field-event complex: $1.5 million
    • Pine Bowl/Boppell Track upgrades: $1.3 million
    • Property acquisition: $3 million
    • Scotford Tennis Center/pedestrian corridor: $1 million
    • Duvall Residence Hall: $7.8 million
    • Hawthorne Hall renovation: $1 million
    • Lied Center for the Visual Arts: $7.1 million
    • Omache Field for intramural sports: $700,000

    Computer Facilities

    • Total computers (including those in department labs) available to all Whitworth students: 450
    • Individual classroom computers: 92
    • Computer labs in the library and satellite labs located in departments throughout the campus: 35
    • Whitworth provides Internet access and lifetime email accounts to all students. Hardwire network connections are available in residence-hall rooms upon request.
    • Wireless access is available in all campus buildings; Whitworth continues to add coverage as the budget allows.
  • Recent Whitworth Honors & Awards

    • For the 17th consecutive year, Whitworth was ranked in the top 15 in U.S. News & World Report's rankings of the 124 best private colleges and universities in the West. In its 2017 rankings, released in Sept. 2016, U.S. News ranked Whitworth No. 11 overall, and No. 5 in "Best Values," based upon academic quality and average scholarship/financial aid award.
    • Two Whitworth students were selected as Fulbright Scholarship recipients for 2016-17. The university has a longstanding tradition of producing such finalists, with 33 students chosen since 2000. In 2014, Whitworth was named a top producer of Fulbright finalists among master's-level universities nationwide. This was the third time in five years Whitworth had earned the distinction.
    • Whitworth received a national 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
    • The university received a $2.05-million gift from the estate of longtime Whitworth professor and library archivist Hugh Johnston. With this gift, given in 2015, the university established the Hugh W. Johnston Endowed Professorship in Chemistry and initiated an interdisciplinary research fund.
    • In 2016 the Corporation for National and Community Service once again recognized Whitworth for its commitment to community service. Whitworth was recognized in the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in two categories: General Community Service and Community Service in Education. This is the third consecutive year that Whitworth has been recognized in two categories.
    • Whitworth won the 2015-16 McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy for the best overall athletics program in the competitive Northwest Conference. Whitworth claimed 10 championships – an all-time high for the university – to win the trophy for the ninth year in a row. Whitworth has won the award 10 times in the past 11 years.
    • In 2016 Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities. The AAPICU is a national, collegial group for presidents of independent institutions committed to preserving the private sector of higher education.
    • For 2015-16, and for the seventh time in eight years, Whitworth was recognized as a top school in the country by Colleges of Distinction, an online guide that identifies colleges and universities that are the best places for students to learn, grow and succeed.
    • Dana and David Dornsife gave Whitworth a $1.5-million gift in support of Whitworth's Dornsife Center for Community Engagement (formerly the Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement).
    • Whitworth claimed sixth place in Washington Monthly's 2016 best liberal arts colleges rankings for the Pacific Northwest. Whitworth's high ranking is due to the university's involvement with community-oriented programs such as Act Six; service-focused projects such as Whitworth's annual Community Building Day; and faculty members' active, collaborative research with colleagues and students.
    • In 2016, Whitworth was included for the ninth straight year in Kiplinger's annual rankings of the 100 best values among private universities in the United States. Kiplinger's ranked Whitworth 75th in the nation. Whitworth achieved its ranking based on the university's high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, good student-to-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus resources, and overall great value.
  • Recent Student Highlights

    • Whitworth's Ethics Bowl team, the Philosoraptors, brought home a second national championship when it defeated Youngstown State University (Ohio) in the final round of the 2016 national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition in Washington, D.C. The team closed out the season by taking first place at the Independent Colleges of Washington Ethics Bowl for the second time in three years. 
    • The 2016-17 Ethics Bowl team won the Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl, taking first place among 10 universities from three states; the team will compete in the 2017 National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, for the eighth time in nine years.
    • Leah Dassler, '19, received a competitive U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study the Chinese language while living in China.
    • The Natsihi yearbook, produced by Whitworth students, won a 2016 Best of Show Award at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C. The Natsihi was one of four college yearbooks nationally to receive the top honor in its division.
    • History buffs Michelle Bodman, Samantha Schweizer, Hannah Tweet, all '16, and Josh Tuttle, '17, presented papers at the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honors society. Tweet's paper won the conference prize for the best undergraduate paper. 
    • Two Whitworth students, Francesca Bisciglia, '16, and Juliana Zajicek, '16, were selected as 2016-17 Fulbright Scholars. The university has a longstanding tradition of producing Fulbright Scholars each year.
    • Five English majors – Andrea Hunter, '16, Joshua Tuttle, '17, Katrin Richter, '17, McKenzie Legg, '16, and Sophia DuVal, '16 – were selected for 2016 Smithsonian Institute internships in Washington, D.C.
    • Christopher Volk, '17, won the 2016 de Jager Prize for a research seminar paper he wrote at Oxford University through Whitworth's Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford Program.
    • A team of Whitworth business students won the 2016 regional Chartered Financial Analysts Competition and competed at nationals, in Chicago. The regional winners are Joe Schwalbach, '16, Megan Escobar, '18, Casey Rogstad, '17, and Patrick Bannworth, '16.
    • Brian Schappals, '17, won the Undergraduate Student Choral Composition Award from Opus 7.
    • For the fourth year in a row, the Whitworth Forensics team, the Arguing Bucs, won the National Christian College Forensics Association tournament, held in March 2016 at Point Loma Nazarene University, in San Diego. And in April, Alex Hoffmann, '16, was named national champion out of 65 debaters in the varsity division at the International Public Debate Association National Tournament at Lee College, in Baytown, Texas. Alex is the first Whitworthian to win this title.
    • Jessica Razanadrakoto, '17, spent spring semester 2015 sailing around the world and studying with Semester at Sea. While on the ship, Razanadrakoto and two teammates competed for and won a fellowship from the Resolution Project to develop a summer camp in her hometown, Moramanga, Madagascar. The inaugural camp took place in summer 2016 and taught about 30 students leadership skills they don't learn in school. Razanadrakoto's camp is the first summer camp in Madagascar.
    • In 2016 the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble performed in a Spokane concert with Branford Marsalis, a three-time Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist. The ensemble was also honored, for the sixth time, as one of just two college/university ensembles invited to perform at the 2015 Music Educators All-Northwest Conference.
  • Recent Faculty Highlights

    • Karin Heller (Theology) gave a presentation at the Vatican in preparation for the Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family, convened by Pope Francis. Heller was one of 12 international scholars invited to speak at the Vatican in a study seminar, "Mercy: Pastoral Truth," where she addressed the assigned topic "Misunderstandings of Tolerance and the Path of Mercy."
    • Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Education & Diversity Initiatives Roberta Wilburn won the 2016 YWCA Woman of Achievement Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice Award. 
    • In 2016 Tony Clark (History/Lindaman Chair) was selected by the University of San Francisco's Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History to serve on its editorial board and advisory council for Historical Legacies of Christianity in East Asia. The council's work includes a book series, fellowships and a new-scholars mentorship program.
    • Scott Miller and Brent Edstrom (Music) received an $18,000 commission to create a musical adaptation of Willa Cather's writings. Edstrom will compose a new song cycle that Miller will premiere at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in spring 2017.
    • Robin Henager (School of Business) was named the 2016 Journal Article Award winner by the Association of Financial Planning and Counseling Education. Her article, on financial literacy and behavior, appeared in the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, vol. 1, issue 1.
    • Vange Ocasio Hochheimer (School of Business) was named the 2016 Latina/o Leader of the Year by the Latino Hope Foundation, which provides financial and vocational support to Latino students attending Spokane colleges. She was recognized for her "leadership in advocating for education that addresses equity for our Latina/o students" and for her accomplished career as an economist and professor in higher education.
    • Will Kynes (Theology) received the prestigious Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, given each year to just 10 early-career theologians. The award acknowledges outstanding doctoral or first post-doctoral works, selected by an international committee, that address the topic "God and Spirituality."
    • Lisa Laurier and Lori Johnson (School of Education) received a $24,950 grant from the Hagan Foundation for literacy work at Holmes and Evergreen Schools, where Whitworth students spend time in a classroom with a master teacher, and Whitworth faculty provide professional-development sessions for school staff.
    • Brent Edstrom (Music) was named the 2016 Washington State Music Teachers Commissioned Composer of the Year. Brent will be composing a new work for the commission and will premiere it at the state convention, in June 2017.
    • Karen Petersen Finch (Theology) has been invited to spend spring 2018 at the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, in Rome, where she will write about the role of laypeople in dialogue between Christians.  She also presented a paper in Nov. 2016 at the fourth International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism, in Australia.
    • Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor presented at the 2015 Young Child Expo and Conference on research related to poverty and early childhood development. He was also appointed to the executive committee of Thrive Washington, the state’s leading public-private partnership that provides leadership in Washington in the area of early learning.
    • Outsiders in a Promised Land, by Dale Soden (History), was published by Oregon State University Press in 2015. The book explores the role that religious activists have played in shaping the culture of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Recent Athletics Highlights

    Northwest Conference, NCAA Division III

    • 20 varsity sports: 10 women's, 10 men's
    • Whitworth is known in the Northwest Conference for its great athletics facilities, strong attendance and spirited fans. The university annually ranks among the national leaders of NCAA DIII in average attendance in football, volleyball and basketball.
    • Student-athletes make up nearly 20 percent of Whitworth's student body. In addition to varsity athletics, hundreds of students participate in Whitworth's popular intramurals program. In fall 2013, the university opened a new rec center featuring three basketball courts, a fitness and weightlifting room, a climbing and bouldering wall, and an elevated running track.

    Recent Athletics Honors & Highlights

    • Whitworth teams won 10 NWC championships in 2015-16 - an all-time high for the university - to claim the McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy for the best overall athletics program in the conference. Whitworth has won the trophy nine years in a row and 10 times overall.
    • In 2015-16, Whitworth finished in the top 10 percent (36th) of 450 NCAA Division III schools in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, a ranking of the nation’s best overall collegiate athletics programs.

    Football

    • In 2015-16, in only his second season at Whitworth, Head Coach Rod Sandberg helped the Pirates turn a major corner by leading the team to a 9-1 regular season and a spot in the NCAA DIII playoffs.
    • Nick Kiourkas, '18, was selected as a Third Team All-American by D3football.com.
    • Thirteen Whitworth players were named to the 2015 All-NWC football team, while one received honorable-mention honors.
    • Three players earned Academic All-District accolades for their achievements on the field and in the classroom.

    Men's Basketball

    • Whitworth earned its seventh consecutive regular-season NWC championship in 2015-16, setting a record for the longest championship streak in league history.
    • Whitworth finished the season 26-2 and was ranked #1 for five weeks in the regular season. The Pirates made their 10th consecutive NCAA DIII tournament appearance and have advanced to five DIII Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight since 2008.
    • Head Coach Matt Logie, who has a cumulative record of 126-20 in his five seasons guiding the Pirates, reached the 100-victory mark faster than any previous DIII coach in history. He is a three-time NWC Coach of the Year.
    • George Valle, '16, was named a Third Team All-American (NABC), a Third Team Academic All-American (CoSIDA), and the NWC Player of the Year.

    Women's Basketball

    • Through 23 seasons at Whitworth, Head Coach Helen Higgs is the winningest women’s basketball coach in school history (341 wins). She has been named NWC Coach of the Year three times.
    • In 2015-16, Whitworth finished 15-11 overall and tied for third place in the NWC regular season standings, making the NWC tournament for the fourth year in a row.
    • KC McConnell, '16, was named an All-American by the WBCA and a First Team Academic All-American, and she concluded her Pirate career with 1,605 points to rank third all-time at Whitworth.

    Women's Soccer

    • In January 2016, longtime Assistant Coach Bryan Olson was selected to be the next head coach of the women's soccer program. He is a former All-Northwest Conference defender, and he helped guide the Whitworth men's team to national prominence as an assistant coach.
    • Women's soccer finished 6-11-3 in 2015.
    • Two Pirates were named Second Team All-NWC.

    Men's Soccer

    • Head Coach Morgan Cathey has a record of 45-7-7 in his three seasons at the helm of men's soccer, leading the team to a second straight NCAA DIII tournament appearance and a final record of 16-2-1 in 2015. He continues a successful tradition: From 2003 through 2015, men's soccer has earned nine NWC titles and made eight NCAA tournament appearances, including the Final Four in 2005 and the Elite Eight in 2009.
    • Spencer Wolfe, '16, was selected as an NSCAA DIII All-American (third team) and as the NWC Defensive Player of the Year, while Karl Muelheims, '16, was named the NWC Offensive Player of the Year.

    Men's and Women's Swimming

    • Head Coach Steve Schadt, '96, an All-American swimming alum, has led the Whitworth men to 13 NWC championships in 14 seasons, from 2003-16, while also coaching the women to four conference championships. Schadt is a five-time NWC Coach of the Year, winning the men's award three times (most recently in 2016) and the women's award twice.
    • In 2015-16, men's swimming reclaimed the NWC title after winning 12 straight league championships through 2014. Wesley Walton, '16, was the Outstanding Men's Swimmer of the Meet for the third straight season, following three individual titles. He went on to score in all three of his individual events at the NCAA DIII Championships.
    • Whitworth’s "swimmin’ women" finished third at the 2015-16 NWC Championships. Jackie Beal, '17, was the Outstanding Women's Swimmer of the Meet for the second year in a row. She holds NWC records in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events and competed in both races at the NCAA DIII Championships.

    Men's and Women's Track & Field

    • Through 20 seasons as head coach of the women's and men's teams, Toby Schwarz has established Whitworth Track & Field as one of the top programs in the nation. Schwarz has earned 31 Coach of the Year awards, including 2016 men's and women's NWC honors. Six members of Schwarz's coaching staff have received NCAA DIII West Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors since 2012.
    • In 2016 the men's team won its seventh consecutive NWC championship – the squad's eighth title in nine years. The women captured their second straight NWC championship by a wide margin.
    • Five Pirates earned All-American honors at the 2016 NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships, led by Andrew Bloom, '16, who won an individual national title in the men's javelin. Kerry Wright, '16, earned her fourth consecutive All-America finish in the women's javelin. Corey Burt, ’'16, became a two-time All-American in the shot put by finishing as the national runner-up. The Whitworth men finished in 7th place (tied), while the women's team finished 51st (tied) at the NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships.
    • Whitworth also supports a strong indoor track & field program. Katie McKay, '16, is the latest Pirate to post an All-American finish at the NCAA DIII Indoor Championships, taking sixth place in the 800-meter run in 2016.

    Men's and Women's Cross Country

    • Head Coach Toby Schwarz, who also coaches Whitworth's track & field teams, has led the men's and women's cross country program for 19 seasons. He was named the 2015 NWC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year after leading the Pirates to a conference title.
    • In addition to the 2015 NWC crown, the Pirate women's team took third place at the NCAA West Region Championships and finished 20th at the NCAA DIII Championships. Kellyn Roiko, '16, and Katie McKay, '16, were All-NWC finishers who also placed among the top-100 at nationals. The Whitworth men have won three NWC titles since 2009 and finished 4th in 2015 behind Chris MacMurray, '16.

    Women's Volleyball

    • In her third season as head coach at Whitworth, Katie Bodecker guided the Pirates to back-to-back NWC championships and two appearances at the NCAA DIII tournament.
    • Maddye Dinsmore, '16, was the 2014 NWC Player of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection again in 2015. She is Whitworth's all-time leader in assists.
    • The Bucs have won seven NWC championships since 2001. Whitworth hosted the NCAA DIII West Regional Championships in 2005 and 2002, and both times the Pirates advanced to the regional title game. Whitworth volleyball also led NCAA DIII schools in attendance both years.

    Men's and Women's Tennis

    • In 2016 Mike Shanks concluded his 17th season as head men's coach at Whitworth; he is a former board member of the Spokane Junior Tennis Development Association and a former national verifier for the United States Tennis Association’s USA League Tennis Program.
    • In 2016, the men's team finished 8-4 in the NWC, earning a spot in the four-team conference tournament. Drew Brigham, '16, was selected to the NWC All-Conference First Team for the second year in a row.
    • Former Whitworth standout and NWC Player of the Year Rachel Aldridge, '11, became the women's head tennis coach in 2014-15. Aldridge guided the Bucs to a 6-6 conference record and a second straight berth in the NWC tournament.
    • In 2016 Bella Hoyos, '17, was named First Team All-Northwest Conference.

    Baseball

    • Head Coach Dan Ramsay, '08, concluded his eighth season leading the team with the 2016 NWC regular season title, earning NWC Coach of the Year honors. He was also named the 2012 NWC Coach of the Year and the D3baseball.com West Region Coach of the Year.
    • In 2016 Whitworth finished 30-13, the second-most wins in a single season in school history, and received an at-large bid to the NCAA DIII playoffs.
    • Jeremy Druffel, '16, was named a First Team All-Region (D3baseball.com) honoree and an honorable mention All-American, while Garret Hughes, '17, was awarded the ABCA Gold Glove for DIII second basemen.
    • Whitworth has now made three NCAA DIII tournament appearances since 2012. The 2012 team finished the season with a 31-16-1 record and was ranked eighth nationally in the final D3baseball.com/NCBWA top-25-poll.

    Softball

    • In her fifth year as head coach, Cristal Brown, a former small-college All-America player, has led Whitworth to back-to-back NWC regular-season championships in 2015 and 2016. She has an overall record of 129-84, and she led Whitworth to a school record for number of victories (31) in 2015. Brown was voted the 2016 NWC Coach of the Year.
    • Whitworth went 41-15 within the NWC in 2015 and 2016, earning the first NWC regular season championships in school history.
    • Chelsey Hayes, '18, and Makayla Lefever, '17, earned First Team All-NWC and NFCA All-Region recognition.
    • Megan John, '16, became the first Academic All-American in Whitworth softball history when she was voted to the Second Team in 2015.

    Men's and Women's Golf

    • Warren Friedrichs has been head coach of the men's and women's golf teams for 14 years. The multi-talented Friedrichs, who also was one of the most successful basketball coaches in Whitworth history, has been named the NWC Men’s Coach of the Year seven times.
    • In 2015-16 the men earned their seventh NWC championship since 2005 and made their seventh NCAA DIII tournament appearance. Andrew Dodge, '16, was the 2016 NWC Player of the Year and was the medalist at the 2016 NWC Tournament.
    • Oliver Rudnicki, '16, was named to the 2013 DIII PING All-America Second Team.
    • The 2016 women’s team finished fourth in the conference standings. The women won NWC co-championships in 2010 and 2009 and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA DIII Championships in 2010.
  • Selected Recent Graduate School Placements

    • Arizona State University
    • Asbury Theological Seminary
    • Baylor College of Medicine
    • Boston University
    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • Duke University
    • Georgetown University
    • Harvard Law School
    • Johns Hopkins University – Peabody Institute
    • Loyola University Chicago
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
    • New York University
    • Northwestern University
    • Oregon Health & Science University
    • Princeton Theological Seminary
    • Princeton University
    • Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey
    • Texas A&M University
    • University of Arizona
    • University of California, San Diego
    • University of Colorado Anschultz Medical Campus
    • University of Michigan
    • University of Notre Dame
    • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
    • University of Oregon Law School
    • University of Oxford
    • University of Texas at Austin
    • University of Washington School of Medicine
    • Vanderbilt University
    • Washington State University
    • Wesley Theological Seminary
    • Yale Law School
  • Recent Alumni Highlights

    • Total Whitworth Alumni: 26,826

    Recent Alumni Highlights

    • Stephen Thoen, '16, who interned with a cloud-services company while at Whitworth, is a software developer for Nike.
    • Sarah Gady,'16, who completed competitive research internships on campus, at the NASA Glen Research Center, and at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory while at Whitworth, received a full-ride fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy to complete a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Princeton University.
    • Joshua Vinton, '16, received a highly competitive 2016 Critical Language Scholarship through the U.S. State Department to study Swahili and is running an international development non-profit in Uganda.
    • Katie Cunningham, '16, is teaching English in Japan through the Japanese Exchange and Teaching program.
    • Alex Hoffmann '16, is enrolled in the University of Washington School of Medicine. At Whitworth, he was named the top debater in the country and he won first prize at the 2015-16 Murdock College Science Research Conference.
    • Anneka Baird, '16, is earning an MFA in creative writing and book arts at Mills College.
    • Samual Jarrett, '16, served as chief investment officer for Whitworth's Student Investment Club and completed two internships with investment firms in Spokane. He is now an investment analyst with Verus Investments in Seattle.
    • Alyssa Olds, '15, is a technical writer for Agiloft‬, a computer software company in San Francisco.
    • Josiah Roloff, '15, is president and principal of, as well as senior digital forensics analyst for Global CompuSearch, a consulting firm that provides assistance in digital forensics, e-discovery and high-technology issues.
    • John Koberstein, '15, is earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University, in Portland. 
    • Eugen Lazarenco, '15, from Moldova, is an equity analyst for Bloomberg L.P., in London.
    • Aaron Korthuis, '12, a Yale Law School student and intern with the Jerome Frank Legal Services Organization, participated in a case challenging the injunction issued against President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative.
    • Aaron Korthuis, '12 (Political Science), now attending Yale Law School, was a panelist in Dec. 2014 at a Central America Regional Security Initiative event at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
    • Adrian Kitimbo, '12, is attending the University of Oxford, where he is conducting graduate work on international development and conflicts. Kitimbo, who is from Uganda, plans to work for a development organization or to work within the Ugandan government on development and humanitarian emergencies, especially those resulting from civil conflicts.
    • Courtney Alfrey, '11, works on Broadway in New York City. He is currently a principle wardrobe dresser on "Shuffle Along"; he also does daywork laundry on "The Lion King" and is a daywork stitcher on "Beautiful – The Carole King Musical." He has worked as a costume designer and dresser for off-Broadway productions and as a video stylist for television.
    • Angela Hartley, '11, works with the policy and advocacy team for the Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership, in Africa. Previously, she was a resettlement case manager at World Relief, a refugee-resettlement agency in Spokane.
    • Danjuma Quarless, '10, is working at the forefront of scientific development as a Ph.D. candidate and a research fellow in biomedical sciences at the University of California, San Diego. Through positions at the J. Craig Venter Institute and the Scripps Translational Science Institute, Quarless has formulated methodology for analyzing whole-genome DNA sequencing data, with clinical applications.
    • Sean McGuire, '10, received a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend to conduct research in the Lasers and Applied Physics Doctorate Program at Princeton University. The award amounts to $65,000-70,000 per year for up to six years.
    • Travis Hartanov, '08, is founder and CFO of Krochet Kids International, a nonprofit that empowers women in developing countries to create locally sustainable jobs by making goods that are sold at retailers such as Nordstrom.
    • Marc Grow, '08, is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School, in New York. In May 2016 he won the prestigious Sohn Investment Idea Contest.  
    • Ben Spaun, '08, is a postdoctoral research fellow at JILA (University of Colorado) with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He graduated from Harvard in 2014 with a Ph.D. in physics, and he co-authored a study published in a 2013 issue of Science, one of his discipline's most prestigious scholarly journals. His senior year at Whitworth, Spaun landed a full scholarship for Harvard's six-year doctoral research program (and turned down another such offer from Yale). 
    • Jena (Lee) Nardella, '04, published a memoir, One Thousand Wells: How an Audacious Goal of Bringing Water to Africa Taught Me to Love the World, Instead of Save It (Howard Brooks, 2015). She is co-founder and executive director of Blood:Water Mission, a ministry of the Grammy-winning band Jars of Clay that provides clean blood and water in Africa. Nardella is an Epoch Award Winner, one of GOOD Magazine's GOOD 100, and one of Christianity Today's 33 under 33 Christian leaders shaping the next generation of faith.