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Whitworth English major awarded full-tuition scholarship from Woodrow Foundation

September 16, 2015
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 English major Karlin Andersen, ’17. Andersen’s Woodrow Foundation scholarship covers full tuition, books and fees for 2015-16.

“Instead of worrying about paying for each class, I can begin this year confident that my family and I will be able to afford Whitworth,” Andersen says.  “I can focus solely on my classes, being an editor for The Whitworthian, and the fantastic experience Whitworth offers.”

Andersen is the copy chief for The Whitworthian, Whitworth’s student newspaper, and she works in the human resources office at Whitworth. After graduating she plans to attend graduate school for journalism with the goal of working as a reporter or editor for a publication.

“Karlin is, obviously, bright,” wrote Professor of English Vic Bobb in a recommendation letter for Andersen. “She is extraordinarily disciplined and dedicated; she is admirably well organized; she is the kind of tough that allows her to keep up with her exceptionally demanding workload even when her health is bad or when (as is often the case) she is operating on too little sleep; and she maintains remarkable good cheer and a positive attitude even in the middle of so tough a time at school. She is an admirable representative of Whitworth University.”

To be eligible for the Woodrow Foundation 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 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Jennifer Keen, program assistant, financial aid office, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4545 or

Nancy Hines, director of communications, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4638 or