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Exploring Whitman’s endowment

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

Austerity measures instituted in response to budget shortfalls this year have brought attention to Whitman College’s 565.3 million dollar endowment. In response to a projected $19 million loss in revenue, the College has furloughed employees and removed several positions. A college endowment is a fund made up of d...

Whitman divests from fossil fuels, invests endowment in Coltan mining operation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Illustration by Taylor Penner-Ash

Ben Freedman, humor editor

November 8, 2016

Environmentally inclined Whitties rejoice! The years of hard work from Divest Whitman have finally paid off, and the board of trustees has listened to the call for climate justice. Effective immediately, Whitman College will divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies, and directly move the fund...

Rock Bottom: Why is Whitman Not Financially Accessible?

Rock Bottom: Why is Whitman Not Financially Accessible?

Lachlan Johnson and Sarah Cornett

October 28, 2015

Whitman’s endowment is strong, and has grown significantly in recent years. So why does the college continue to struggle to provide access to middle- and low-income students?

Show me the money: an examination of Whitman’s finances

Lachlan Johnson

October 9, 2014

As the Now Is the Time campaign approaches its conclusion, the sun is setting on one financial era of the college. President Bridges came to the college in 2005  with the intent of strengthening the college's financial position and increasing the endowment. While the last fifteen years saw a huge increase...

Louis Perry to be Remembered

Sam Grainger-Shuba

October 17, 2013

Louis Perry, Whitman's eighth president, passed away at age 95 in Washington Odd Fellow's Home on Sept. 8, 2013. "[Former] President Perry was one of the most gracious, dignified and thoughtful persons I have ever met. When my wife Kari [Tupper] and I arrived at Whitman, he and his wife welcomed us...

Whitman Sets Lowest Tuition Increase in a Decade

Emily Lin-Jones

April 11, 2013

Whitman recently sent out letters to parents, announcing that tuition is set for $43,150 for the 2013-2014 academic year. This marks an increase of 3.25 percent, the lowest increase in the past decade, down from last year's increase of 4 percent. This increase is consistent with tuition increases...

Senior Fund Prepares Seniors for Life as Alumni

Senior Fund Prepares Seniors for Life as Alumni

Lachlan Johnson

November 15, 2012

Whitman's senior fund committee has collected $8,500 from their fellow seniors to fund scholarships for future Whitman students, and is on track to break the senior fundraising record of $12,000 set by last year's graduating class. The committee, composed entirely of seniors, has already received donations from 30 percent of the senior class and ho...

Whitman tuition discount rate hits 40 percent

Molly Johanson

November 18, 2010

The average Whitman student's family is receiving a tuition discount of 40 percent, through scholarships and other institutional financial aid, for the 2010-11 academic year. This year's tuition discount rate is the highest it's been since the 1990s when Whitman attempted to meet 100 percent of all financial...

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