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Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholars Program

Program History

The education of nearly five decades of women and over 550 awardees at Stetson University was made possible by the generosity of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation through a named scholarship award. In 2018, after seeing the success of other community-based scholarship programs on campus, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholars Program was founded in an effort to build community and implement a curriculum to encourage students to be more intentional about planning, goal-setting, and reflection during their academic career. Read more about the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation.

Mission and Purpose

The Lettie Pate 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 through required work and service along with guided goal-setting and reflection by academic year.

The purpose of this new program at Stetson 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 Coordinator 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 Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation to make an excellent private liberal-arts education accessible to talented students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds.

Eligibility and Requirements

This is a need-based scholarship that considers “Estimated Family Contribution” (EFC) in order to award funds to women who otherwise might not be able to afford Stetson without significant debt and who have demonstrated the promise of fully realizing the Stetson experience.

This scholarship cannot be combined with other community-based scholarships at Stetson University (Bonner Scholars). The Whitehead Scholars are selected based on their eligibility and application essays.
In accordance with guidelines prescribed by the founder, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation:

At the time of admission, students must:

  • Be residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia
  • Have been accepted to Stetson University and
  • Self-identify as Christian in the admissions process

While in school, students must:

  • Stay in good academic standing
  • Hold an on-campus job
  • Participate in the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholars community service projects
  • Participate in the developmental, community-based curriculum set out by the program
  • Fill out Student Profile and write a thank you note with the Donor Relations office

To apply, visit Religious and Spiritual Life