Thursday, October 18, 2012

Whitworth senior awarded full-tuition scholarship from Woodrow Foundation

Each academic year, the Woodrow Foundation awards a scholarship to one Whitworth student based on academic excellence, leadership skills and financial need. This year’s recipient is Nichole Webber, a double-major in health science and psychology from Spokane. Webber’s $34,464 Woodrow Foundation Scholarship covers full tuition, books and fees for the 2012-13 academic year.

“This scholarship takes away a year of loans, and all the interest that comes with them,” says Webber. “It allows me to put any money I may have used this year toward grad school, which is a huge blessing. It also allows me not to have to worry about so much debt to pay back once I graduate.”

Melissa Rogers, an assistant professor of psychology at Whitworth, stated in a letter of recommendation that Webber routinely helps her peers to understand concepts with which they may be struggling. She also recognized Webber for consistently being engaged in coursework, even when other students find the material difficult or uninteresting.

“I believe one aspect that supports Nichole’s consideration for the Woodrow Foundation Scholarship is her ability to manage a successful college career while also working and supporting her family,” Rogers wrote in her letter. “To better afford college, Nichole has worked throughout her time at Whitworth. She also provides personal care to a family member with special needs. This demonstrates her ability to succeed in school while also handling real-life stressors and responsibility.”

Webber is a member of Whitworth’s psychology club, Psi Chi, and has also participated in intramural sports. While at Whitworth she has volunteered at Cup of Cool Water, Youth for Christ, Northeast Youth Center, and Spokane’s Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church.

Katie Stark is the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Hamblen Park, where Webber has volunteered in children’s and youth ministries for six years. In her letter of recommendation, Stark described Webber as patient, exceptionally compassionate and a proven leader. She stated that Webber is incredibly motivated and focuses her motivation on worthy goals, such as academics, community involvement, volunteer work and faith development.

To students, Webber says, “Even if you don’t think there’s a good chance of you getting a scholarship, apply. And then apply for some more. It is seriously worth the time, even if you don’t get every one you apply for. You never know when God is going to bless you with a scholarship.”

After graduation, Webber plans on pursuing a master’s degree in occupational therapy.

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. Applications 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 nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

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

Andrea Idso, interim public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or aidso@whitworth.edu.