Whittenberger Foundation continues C of I support

The Whittenberger Foundation aspires to help children and youth in the areas of education, arts and culture, health, social welfare, recreation and environment. Those goals align perfectly with the mission of The College of Idaho. 

The foundation recently continued its partnership with the C of I, awarding the College $30,000 as part of its Annual Awards Luncheon. In total, 53 educational and charitable organizations throughout Idaho were awarded grants totaling more than $178,000.

 “A special thanks to the Whittenberger Foundation and its board members for making the holiday season a little bit brighter,” said Jack Cafferty ’97, director of development at the C of I.

 Established by the last will and testament of elementary school teacher Ethel Bales Whittenberger upon her death at the age of 76 in Caldwell, the foundation continues Mrs. Whittenberger’s interest in the welfare of helping children.

Since its first distribution of grants in 1973, the foundation has given out more than $9 million to a variety of institutions in Idaho, including $1.74 million to the C of I. The College was especially singled out in Ethel’s will, said Whittenberger Foundation Vice-Chair Scott Gipson.

“It’s a relationship that we are really proud of and proud to continue,” Gipson said.

The Whittenberger Foundation has played an important role on the C of I campus for four decades. Since 2000, there have been 411 Whittenberger Scholars supported by the foundation. In addition, the College’s Whittenberger Planetarium inside Boone Science Hall has served primarily as a public outreach facility, providing programs to schools, home-school groups, scouts and the public.

“We here at The College of Idaho thank the Whittenberger Foundation for its continued support,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “We are proud to be involved with an organization that shares the same passion for creating a better future for the next generation.”

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit