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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Young Harris College recently awarded 11 deserving students with the Lettie Pate Whitehead (LPW) Scholarship.

Eligible students were encouraged to apply for this scholarship by completing a series of short answer questions, including what receiving this scholarship would mean to them. YHC Lettie Pate Whitehead Coordinator Jacqueline Bruen, who also serves as SOLE Program Coordinator and as Library Associate for Interlibrary Loans and Special Collections, formed a committee made up of herself, the Campus Chaplain, and representatives from the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Advancement. These individuals reviewed the applications and carefully selected students they felt would benefit most from the LPW Scholarship. The chosen 11 young women are smart, capable, and determined, and the goal of this scholarship is to assist them in succeeding at YHC.

In keeping with the tenets of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation mission, specific areas of life and growth are emphasized for these young women. Each scholar has agreed to stay in good academic standing, participate in monthly LPW events, meet with the LPW peer group twice a month, have a work-study job, participate in at least two service events a month, take part in a professional development event once per semester, meet with a staff mentor once per semester, meet with the LPW Coordinator at the start of each semester, and participate in activities sponsored by the LPW Foundation. At the end of each semester, the LPW Coordinator will survey the students’ progress and adjust expectations and plans accordingly.

During the students’ freshman year, the cohort will collectively focus on engagement with campus and community life and the exploration of personal goals. The students will have opportunities to participate in YHC Religious Life and local service options, while being mentored in growing their strengths and leadership abilities. Sophomore year will be based on each student’s development of their talents, skills, and purpose. Students will receive aid in choosing a major and minor and will be encouraged to create a personal development and service plan. Junior year will center around connection with challenging opportunities that integrate with academic interests. Students will be encouraged to consider new opportunities and find ways to build their resumes. Internships will be offered to each student within their area of interest. Finally, senior year will focus on reflection on the college experience and anticipation for what is to come after graduation. Additional internships will be offered to each student to broaden their understanding of the arena in which they plan to work. Each student will complete a personal assessment and set goals for the future.

YHC congratulates the 2022 Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship recipients.


About Young Harris College

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires, and empowers students through an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has four academic divisions: Fine Arts; Humanities; Mathematics, Science, and Technology; and Professional Studies. Approximately 1,400 students are enrolled in its residential, Early College, and MAT programs. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit