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Whitworth donor scholarship creates opportunity for international student

Joie Ikuzwe wears a lab coat and goggles. She holds up a beaker and examines it.Biochemistry major Joie Ikuzwe, '18, received the Elsie A. & Melvin K. Fariss Scholarship for International students. The scholarship will cover Ikuzwe's full tuition for the remainder of her time at Whitworth. The Fariss scholarship was established in 1995 by Whitworth alumni Elsie, '34, and Melvin Fariss, '35, as a reflection of their commitment and loyalty to Whitworth, and their desire to ensure that Whitworth University maintains a global perspective in educating the minds and hearts of students.

Although initially drawn in by Whitworth's medical program, Ikuzwe ultimately chose the university because of its location, quality of education, and the financial aid she received. Originally from Rwanda, financial aid makes it possible for Ikuzwe to continue studying in the U.S. Her financial load is even lighter after receiving this award.

"This scholarship will relieve me and my family from all financial stress associated with my college education, which gives me more time to concentrate on my studying and learning," Ikuzwe says. "Moreover, it will give me more time for involvement in community service."

Beyond finances, Ikuzwe finds support in the Whitworth community.

"The professors are caring and understanding, which makes the learning process easier," Ikuzwe says. "In addition, attending Whitworth has encouraged me to focus on my future and to make a change in the community. Whitworth has been both a blessing and a place of growth."

After graduating from Whitworth, Ikuzwe plans to attend graduate school.