What the heck is the Visit Scholarship Program? I think I’ve been asked that question almost weekly since taking over the position of Visit Scholarship Program Coordinator last September. To answer that question, the Visit Scholarship Program (VSP) seeks to bring students whose backgrounds and experiences offer varying perspectives on living and learning in a multicultural world to our campus. VSP recipients represent underrepresented socioeconomic, racial or cultural backgrounds and demonstrate a desire to contribute to diverse discussions on campus. Recipients are awarded an all expenses paid trip to Whitman College where they are able to explore all of the great opportunities our campus has to offer.
Having just completed my first cycle of the VSP, I can tell you that many highly qualified and greatly interested students were able to visit campus, thanks to the VSP. Just over half of the students who visited this past spring will be matriculating students come this fall. We’re so excited to have them join out incoming class of 2014 and know they will be major contributors in diverse conversations happening on campus in the years to come.
If you are a rising senior who thinks this opportunity sounds right up your alley, think about applying for one of the 2010 VSP trips. Rising seniors are eligible to apply for the Fall 2010 visit dates using the online application which will be available starting in August. If you are interested in this awesome opportunity, please check back in August for more information. You can also learn more about the VSP and other scholarship opportunities on our website.
I hope to see just as many great students apply for the VSP in this coming academic year as I had apply in past year. If you have follow up questions over the summer, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with many of you in the coming year!