Whitehead Scholars

Whitehead Scholars


Mission and Purpose: 

The Whitehead Scholars program is a need-based scholarship community (requires filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA) giving young women the opportunity to deepen and integrate their education of the “head, heart, and hands” through required work and service along with guided goal-setting and reflection by academic year.  

The purpose of this new program at Berry is to prepare students who will strive, in the spirit of Mrs. Whitehead, to improve the communities in which they live, work and serve. Along with work and service, students participate in activities on campus and one-on-one meetings with the Director that encourage them to think of their education with a holistic perspective, supporting students in a four year process of self-appraisal. Consistent with in the institution-wide mission, it is also the goal of the Whitehead Scholars to make an excellent private liberal-arts education accessible to talented students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds.  

Program History:

The education of nearly six decades of women and over 750 awardees at Berry College was made possible by the generosity of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation through a named scholarship award. However, in 2014, after conversations with Berry College about the success of other community-based scholarship programs on campus, the Foundation dedicated even more funding to create a scholars program that would build community and implement a curriculum to encourage students to be more intentional about planning, goal-setting, and reflection during their academic career, and, with this generosity, the Whitehead Scholars program was created. Read more about the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation.

For more information contact whiteheadscholars@berry.edu

*Application and Application Process can be found on our main Scholarships page.