Whitehead Scholarships Awarded at Mary Baldwin

April 27, 2000

Mary Baldwin University has received an $83,000 grant for the 2000-2001 academic year from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation. The college has annually received grants from the Foundation for many years and divides the gift into a number of scholarships each year.

Recipients must be from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia.

Virginia residents who were awarded scholarships this year are:

  • Erin A. Beers of Chesapeake
  • Katherine B. Dorsk of Richmond
  • Rosalia Leto Gosper of Fredericksburg
  • Christina M. Hall of Staunton
  • Elizabeth F. Holland of Richmond
  • Megan M. Kleckner of Wallops Island
  • Melissa C. Risher of Woodbridge
  • Kelly T. Youngblood of Lexington

Other recipients this year include:

  • Amy E. Hyde of Okeechobee, FL
  • Kelly DeMoll of White Pine, TN
  • Miranda Kelley of Moultrie, GA
  • Tiffany Shumack of Jacksonville, FL
  • Addie M. Smith of Gulfport, MS.

Based in Georgia, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation is a charitable private foundation dedicated to the support of women in the southeastern states. The Foundation provides scholarship grants to schools and colleges for deserving female students and operating grants to a small number of institutions serving the needs of elderly women.

Lettie Pate Whitehead was born Letitia Pate in Bedford County, Virginia, in 1872. She became one of the first women to serve as a director of a major American corporation when she was appointed in 1934 to the Board of Directors of the Coca-Cola Company, a position she held for almost 20 years. During her life, Whitehead contributed to over 130 charities, principally in Virginia and Georgia.