Willamette Creates Its Most Academically Competitive Scholarship

Willamette University has created the Willamette Trustee Scholarship Fund, the most academically competitive scholarship that Willamette offers. The fund, recognizing both academic achievement and community involvement, was established through the generous endowment of $2 million from a lifetime trustee who has requested to remain anonymous. It will have additional ongoing support from other members of the Willamette Board of Trustees.

The fund will help ensure that Willamette continues to attract some of the country's most outstanding students. The Willamette Trustee Scholarship Fund will provide five members of the 2001 incoming freshman class with scholarships of $18,000 per year. The scholarships are renewable annually for a maximum of four years.

As with other Willamette scholarships, recipients will be chosen by the University's internal admissions committee. Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Must have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.85
  • Must have a minimum SAT combined math and verbal score of 1,400 or an ACT composite score of at least 31
  • Must demonstrate active and substantive engagement in extracurricular or community activities and/or leadership positions

"We are using this scholarship to bring in the best and the brightest students from around the country," said Robin Brown, vice president for enrollment.

"This is one of the most prestigious merit-based awards offered by Willamette." "This scholarship strengthens the University's commitment to academic excellence," said President M. Lee Pelton. "We are delighted that our board of trustees has put their generous support behind such an important scholarship."