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Chemistry major awarded full-tuition scholarship from Woodrow Foundation

November 11, 2014

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 MacKenzie Wattenbarger, ’15, a chemistry major (biochemistry track). Wattenbarger’s Woodrow Foundation scholarship covers full tuition, books and fees for the 2014-15 academic year.

“I feel very blessed to have been selected for the Woodrow Foundation Scholarship,” Wattenbarger says. “The funds have allowed me to focus more on my classes and not to be as worried about how many hours a week I am able to work.”

Wattenbarger immerses herself in the Whitworth community, acting as the vice president of the Alzheimer’s Awareness Club and a member of both the Jubilation dance troupe and the Swing and Ballroom Dance Club. After graduation next May, Wattenbarger will apply to medical schools, taking her one step further along her chosen career path. She plans to be a pediatrician.

The Woodrow Foundation Scholarship is awarded each academic year to one student at Whitworth. 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 U.S. 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. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or