A Quick Look at the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation’s Funding in Georgia

In the Southeast, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation is known as a huge scholarship funder that supports young women in their educational endeavors in nine states. Since this funder already has a collection of well-established grantees and rarely takes on new ones, many nonprofits in Georgia might not have taken the time to get to know it very well.  

To start, LPWF is one of four affiliated family foundations and is connected to the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, and the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation. While each of the four foundations share a staff, they each have their own board, charter and unique funding priorities.

The funding priorities of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation are higher education for women and elderly care for women. Since the foundation is based in Atlanta, we’re taking a look today at how LPWF supports its home state of Georgia.

The funder’s scholarship program receives the bulk of its support, so we’ll start there. Last year, LPWF gave well over half of its grants to general undergraduate education. On top of that, a significant percentage went toward health education. This funder has a strong preference for supporting college-bound women pursuing degrees in the medical, nursing and allied health fields. In total, the foundation awarded 217 grants in 2016 totaling $43,489,762. 

In Georgia, there are 33 institutions of higher education that LPWF chooses to fund scholarships for. They are as follows:

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Andrew College
  • Armstrong State University
  • Augusta University
  • Berry College
  • Brenau University
  • Brewton-Parker College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clayton State University
  • Covenant College
  • Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University
  • Georgia College & State University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia State University
  • Kennesaw State University 
  • LaGrange College
  • Mercer University
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Paine College
  • Piedmont College
  • Reinhardt University
  • Shorter University
  • Spelman College
  • Thomas University
  • Truett-McConnell College
  • Valdosta State University
  • Wesleyan College
  • Young Harris College
  • University of Georgia Foundation
  • University of North Georgia
  • University of West Georgia

New schools are rarely added to this list, and the foundation has a strict policy about not funding individuals. Therefore, students will need to contact their school to inquire about applying for an LPWF scholarship. To have a new school considered, or for more information about the scholarship program, the foundation administrator, Joan McKelvey, is your best point of contact.

The other grant program that LPWF offers is elder care for older Christian women. After seeing older women in her own family struggle to make ends meet, Mrs. Whitehead became passionate about supporting this cause. Most of the grants here go to well-established nursing homes and hospices.

There are currently five organizations in Georgia that receive LPWF’s elder care support. They are as follows:

  • A.G. Rhodes Health and Rehab
  • Emory University (Budd Terrace)
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home
  • Presbyterian Village, Austell, Inc.
  • Visiting Nurse Health System-Hospice Atlanta

Again, new groups are rarely added to this list, but you’re welcome to reach out to Joan McKelvey again to inquire about possible opportunities. To learn more about how this foundation came to be and who the key players are, check out our full profile in out Southeast funding guide.