David Whitener Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Due Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Keep this scholarship funded for future generations.

Please donate today.

Offered to a new or currently enrolled student attending at least half time who is a first generation college student (e.g., a student whose parents did not graduate from a 4 year college or university). The applicant must demonstrate financial need.

Mr. David Whitener of the Squaxin Island Nation was dedicated to education and the Native American heritage. He was faculty in the Native American Studies Program at The Evergreen State College for 17 years and was co-convener of that program for several years. David taught in a style of Hospitality, Respect and Trust.  He shared values learned from generations and from a life tested by history, ancestors, community, tribe and clan.  He encouraged students to recognize their personal power and helped them to believe in it and to release it.  David was committed to keeping the dream of a college longhouse alive and he was instrumental in the planning and building of the Evergreen Longhouse on campus, which opened in 1995. 


  • Letter of application no longer than two pages. Please speak to the following in your letter of application:
    • How has your status as a first generation student influenced your educational experience?
    • Why have you chosen to pursue a college degree at Evergreen?
    • How do you plan to use your degree after you finish Evergreen? 
    • Statement related to your financial need.
  • FAFSA or WASFA (see Steps to Take #4).