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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the criteria for being admitted with honors to Whitworth?

Students must have a 3.75 cumulative, weighted GPA and a 1300 SAT/28 ACT/86 CLT to be admitted with honors. 

How can I prepare myself for the event?

Two of the events for this year's Honors Scholarship Weekend will require advance preparation:

  • Speak Your Mind: You will be given the opportunity to speak for three to five minutes in front of a small group on one of the below prompts. You will have the option of bringing and using notes, but we recommend you select your topic in advance and come ready to speak on Saturday. All students will be expected to speak without props or visual aids.
    • Share your plans for the future (personal or professional) and how/why Whitworth would aid you in achieving those goals. 
    • What type of experiences, talents or gifts would you bring to Whitworth. How would campus improve by having you as a student?  
  • Faculty Discussion Group: A Whitworth professor will lead you and a small group in a discussion of two articles that will be provided to you in advance. This articles will be emailed to you one week prior to your Honors Scholarship Weekend, and you will be expected to read the articles on your own and come ready to participate in a discussion of themes explored in the articles. You are welcome to print a copy of the articles and bring it with you to the Faculty Discussion Group. Please ensure the email address you have provided on your registration form is correct.

May I bring props or a presentation for Speak Your Mind?

Due to limited time and the variety of locations used for Speak Your Mind, no props or visual aids (such as PowerPoint presentations) will be permitted. You are welcome to bring and use notes.

What is the schedule for the weekend? Will there be any free time?

A detailed schedule of events will be provided upon your arrival to campus, and a tentative schedule can be found here. In order to be considered for the $1,000 visit scholarship, you must participate in all designated event sessions. There will be free time during the program – mostly on Saturday evening after scheduled events are completed. Since the campus tour and residence hall tour are not a scheduled part of the 24-hour event, students have the option to arrive early and/or stay late in order to participate in these additional activities. Please see the event schedule for more information.

Who will attend Honors Scholarship Weekend?

The events will include prospective freshmen who have been admitted with honors to Whitworth for Fall 2019. We limit each program to 100-125 participants. We will award three four-year, full-tuition scholarships and at least 10 $1,000 Semi-Finalists scholarships at each event. In addition, all who participate fully in the Honors Scholarship Weekend are eligible for our $1,000 visit scholarship. 

What is the cost?

Cost for students is $25, which includes three meals and overnight lodging in a residence hall on campus. On-campus lodging is not available for parents. Parents may dine in our dining hall for $8.50 per person; debit, credit or cash are accepted. Students may want to bring additional funds if they are interested in purchasing items from our campus bookstore, coffee shop or café or if they need additional meals outside the three provided. 

How do I arrange for shuttle transportation to and from the airport/bus/train station?

Shuttle transportation is available to and from the airport (or bus/train station) at no cost for event participants arriving in Spokane unaccompanied by a parent/guardian. Please indicate on your registration form if you will need shuttle transportation to and from the airport/bus/train station. Transportation requests must be received at least two weeks prior to the event date to ensure availability of our shuttle drivers.

Whitworth is a 30-minute drive from the Spokane airport and a 20-minute drive from the bus/train station. Please allow ample time for transportation and the possibility of flight delays. We recommend that your flight/bus/train arrives no later than 11:30 a.m. Saturday and departs no earlier than 4 p.m. on Sunday.

If I arrive earlier or stay later than the scheduled event activities, will I have accommodations?

Please indicate on your registration form when you will be arriving and departing, depending on your travel/flight arrangements. We are happy to provide on-campus housing with current students in a residence hall for a maximum of two nights for students traveling unaccompanied by a parent/guardian. Students will be provided three meals during the event. Additional student meals are available in our dining hall at $8.50 per person (debit, credit and cash are accepted).

What do I need to bring to the Honors Scholarship Weekend?

Please plan to bring a sleeping bag, a pillow, a towel and any other personal items you may want as you spend the night in our residence halls with current Whitworth students. Although some residence hall rooms may have a couch or air mattress available for your use, this is not guaranteed. So you may be sleeping on the floor. If you like, please bring a sleeping pad or small air mattress to make your overnight stay more comfortable.

Am I required to stay overnight on campus during the Honors Scholarship Weekend?

Yes, we do ask that students stay overnight on campus during the event. Staying on campus gives you the chance to meet current Whitworth students and experience residence life. If you have a medical situation that would make staying on campus difficult, please contact us.

What should I wear?

Attire for the event is casual, and most students will wear the same type of clothes they regularly wear to school. We enjoy a four-season climate in Spokane, and temperatures and conditions can vary significantly in February and March, so please consult the weather forecast prior to your visit.

Will there be events for parents during the weekend?

Parents are welcome to attend the Honors Scholarship Weekend event and, while students participate in scholarship competition activities, may participate in a financial-aid seminar, and a panel of faculty and staff members. Several activities, such as the Q&A with Whitworth students, social and academic presentations, chapel service, and the mock lecture, are open for students and parents to attend together. Please see the event schedule for more information.

When will the scholarship winners be announced?

Within two weeks of each Honors Scholarship Weekend, the scholarship recipients will be announced via email. Three Honors Scholarship recipients and at least 10 $1,000/year semifinalist scholarship recipients will be selected from each event.

What is the value of the Honors Scholarship?

If you are selected as one of the Honors Scholarship recipients, you will receive full tuition for four years at Whitworth as long as you maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The Honors Scholarship is valued at more than $170,000 over four years. Whitworth-sponsored scholarships and grants are awarded to assist students with direct tuition costs only. Therefore, if selected as a winner, your Honors Scholarship would replace all other Whitworth-sponsored awards and scholarships. We also will award 10 $1,000/year semifinalist scholarships to participants at each event; these scholarships may be added on to other grants and scholarships up to the cost of tuition.

Can I audition for a music scholarship before or after the Honors Scholarship Weeekend program?

Yes, music faculty will be available to conduct auditions in conjunction with each Honors Scholarship Weekend. Please see the Whitworth Music Department website (whitworth.edu/music) for details on scholarships and scheduling your audition. Music scholarships are available for students of all majors. The website shows audition dates of Feb. 2-3, but there will be additional times available for you on the Saturday of each Honors Scholarship Weekend. 

If you have other questions, please contact us at honors@whitworth.edu.