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Whitworth University to Welcome Nine New Act Six Scholars

March 24, 2021

Whitworth University is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Act Six Leadership Scholarships. 

Selected through a rigorous three-month competition, these nine students were among more than 1,100 applicants and were chosen for their commitment to serving on campus and at home, passion for learning, eagerness to foster intercultural relationships, and willingness to step out of their comfort zones.

Whitworth welcomes:

Ashlee Gardipee                     Shadle Park High School

Tatum Getchell                     Lewis and Clark High School

Quentin Swett             Deer Park High School

Sophia Turningrobe             Mead High School

Elisa Vigil                     Freeman High School

Luis Carrera-Lara                     Todd Beamer High School

Emma Fualaau             Fife High School

Jacob Hutchens                     Auburn High School

Litzy Soltero-Arriaga             Enumclaw High School

Launched in 2002 by the Northwest Leadership Foundation, in Tacoma, Wash., Act Six seeks to develop urban and community leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. This fall, 139 students will attend eight Northwest colleges and eight Midwest colleges as part of the Act Six program.

Other institutions receiving Act Six Scholars this year include Gonzaga University, George Fox University, Heritage University, Northwest University and Pacific Lutheran University. 

The schools will provide full-tuition, full-need scholarships over four years. 

Act Six alumni continue their leadership once they step foot into their communities. Eighty-one percent of Act Six Scholars earn their bachelor’s degrees within six years, nearly double the rate for low-income, first-generation students nationwide. More than two-thirds of the program’s graduates are working or serving back in their home communities. 

For additional information about the Act Six program, click here. To learn more about our newest scholars, watch their Act Six video here.

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or