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Enriching a Legacy: Whitehead Scholars Program


Berry’s longstanding partnership with the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation took on added dimension in fall 2014 with the launch of the Whitehead Scholars Program. Twenty-four students were selected for the new program, receiving scholarship assistance and other types of support designed to help them succeed at Berry and beyond.

Modeled after the highly successful Bonner Scholars, WinShape College and Gate of Opportunity programs, the Whitehead Scholars Program is a pilot consisting of a four-year course of study tailored to help students discover and develop their strengths, interests and talents through both individualized guidance and small-group learning experiences. Peer mentoring, service, leadership opportunities and work are also part of the co-curriculum, as is assistance with goal-setting and planning for personal and professional development. Whitehead Scholars are challenged to follow in Mrs. Whitehead’s footsteps and become leaders who engage with their communities to make a difference.   

Honoring the memory of its namesake, who as a young mother and widow successfully managed her late husband’s businesses, including the Coca-Cola Bottling Co., the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation provides scholarships for deserving female students with financial need at colleges throughout the Southeast. During the last six decades, more than 750 Berry women have pursued their degrees with support from the foundation. This new scholars program further enriches the legacy of support that grew out of Lettie Pate Whitehead’s friendship with Martha Berry.