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C of I receives $50,000 grant from Whittenberger Foundation

2010. 12. 08.

The College of Idaho this week received $50,000 from the Whittenberger Foundation, part of more than $270,000 the foundation distributed in 2010 grant money. C of I has received money from the foundation every year since grants were first awarded in 1973. The grants fund the Whittenberger Scholars Program, which to date has supported more than 740 students at C of I.

“Over the years, the Whittenberger Foundation has gifted more than $1.4 million to the College,” said Barry Fujishin, Director of Development at C of I. “We are very grateful to the Whittenberger family for their belief in education and their continuing support of the College through their foundation.”

The Whittenberger Foundation was founded in 1970 as the last will and testament of Ethel Bales Whittenberger. She was predeceased by her husband, Claude Whittenberger, who was an osteopathic physician in Caldwell. Ethel was an elementary school teacher and was deeply interested in the welfare and education of children. She set the guidelines for distribution from the foundation to benefit children in Caldwell and surrounding communities. Funds from the foundation – which has distributed more than $7 million since 1970 – helped build the Caldwell Public Library and the Caldwell YMCA.

The College of Idaho was designated in the will to receive a percentage of the foundation earnings to fund the Whittenberger Scholars Program. Students receiving scholarships must have financial need, be high academic achievers and demonstrate good citizenship. In recognition of the foundation's support, the College named its on-campus planetarium after the Whittenberger family. The Whittenberger Planetarium, which is set to reopen soon after a summer remodel, hosts field trips, public shows and a free “Astronomy Day” every year.

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 ten 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 undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit