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Whitworth to welcome new Gates Millennium Scholar

July 1, 2015
This fall, Whitworth will welcome Haley Abrahamson-Fernandez, ’19, as its newest Gates Millennium Scholar. Abrahamson-Fernandez is a graduate of Lakeside High School in Nine Mile Falls, Wash. Her scholarship will provide full coverage of her tuition as she studies at Whitworth. Scholarship recipients are also provided with leadership-development opportunities, mentoring, and academic and social support throughout their time in college.

“This scholarship has been such a blessing and a relief at the same time,” Abrahamson-Fernandez says. “Receiving such a huge scholarship showed me that hard work really does pay off, and I can’t wait to see what opportunities wait for me at Whitworth.”

Established in 1999 with the goal of developing leaders for America’s future, the GMS program is funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarship program removes the financial barriers to education for high-performing, low-income students. This year, the program awarded 1,000 scholarships to students across the country. The 2015 cohort represents 47 states, the District of Columbia and seven U.S. territories and American Territories.

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 programs.


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

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