The Campaign for Whitworth
Introducing the Pines to Promise Project
A key initiative of The Campaign for Whitworth, the Pines to Promise Project was launched last fall with a goal of adding endowed scholarships to help traditional undergraduate students complete their Whitworth degrees among the pines of the Spokane campus and graduate into fulfilling their promise in the world. The university designated a realized bequest in order to provide a $1 million matching fund, offering $25,000 matches for the first 40 new endowed scholarships established. More than 30 new scholarships have already been secured. "In a typical year, our generous donors provide for four or five new scholarships, so adding 31 in the span of only six months has been a thrill," says Tad Wisenor, '89, assistant vice president of institutional advancement.
A portion of the university's endowment is dedicated to funding scholarships, which remain critically important for students and their families. But, while Whitworth provides significant scholarships, little more than $1,000 per student is subsidized by endowed funds. Most of the scholarships Whitworth provides are unfunded; they are simply deducted from the full cost of tuition. Endowed funds, on the other hand, are designed to grow as the funds are invested, providing annual scholarships into perpetuity.
The highest need for new scholarships is for partnership grants. Each year, a number of returning students must contact the financial aid office to ask for assistance to stay at Whitworth. These students have taken full advantage of their available financial aid, yet are still falling short. Partnership Grants allow donors to partner with current students in need, allowing those promising students to complete their degrees.
Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor has long identified scholarships as the university's area of highest need: "Knowing there are students who want and need a Whitworth education but can't afford it is heartbreaking," Taylor says. "In recent years, we have held the line on enrollment growth that can often unnecessarily increase costs and threaten Whitworth's relational culture. We have tightened our budgets – last year marked the lowest tuition increase in 13 years. We are being good stewards, but dollars to support students through scholarships are critical and necessary."
We hope you will consider establishing your own Pines to Promise scholarship as a family, a church, or a group of alumni from a particular class year or with a certain shared interest. More details can be found at www.whitworth.edu/pinestopromise.
Cowles Music Center Update
Construction on the Cowles Music Center continues unabated and was aided by a warmer-than-average winter. The project, which includes a thorough renovation of the existing facility as well as a significant addition, will be completed in August. Photo courtesy of the Natsihi.
By the Numbers
How Whitworth's $100-million Goal Adds Up: