Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - October 14, 1999
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Whittier College Receives Hewlett Foundation Grant

Whittier College's Whittier Scholars Program (WSP), in which students design their own educational plans with the help of faculty advisors, will receive $90,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation over the next two years to continue a series of changes recommended during a program review in 1997-98.

Funds from the foundation, which is based in Menlo Park, Calif., will be used to assess the four interdisciplinary seminars required of all WSP students: The seminars are designed to build community through common experience as well as help them progress through the WSP. The grant also provides for implementation of a series of faculty workshops and a faculty-student forum that will allow faculty to respond more directly to student needs.

"The grant will also help us find a way to ensure that every WSP student has some kind of off-campus experience, whether it is studying abroad or an internship or service-learning experience that will get them into the community," said Joyce Kaufman, professor of political science and WSP director.

Lastly, the grant will help broaden the concept of a "community of scholars" through Senior Symposium and a redesigned First Year Experience.

"The Hewlett Foundation is considered a leader in higher education philanthropy and often acts as a catalyst for others to make grants," said Joseph M. Zanetta, vice president for advancement. "During the current $70-million capital campaign, Whittier has attracted first-time grants from other leading foundations, which in turn help to improve and enhance our reputation as an institution that is worthy of support."

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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