Jeff Louissaint, ’19, is the youngest of eight children and his family emigrated from Haiti to the United States in 2013. At the time, he was fluent in three languages but did not speak English. Today, he is at Whitworth and plans to major in pre-engineering and to eventually earn a degree in civil engineering so he can help to safely rebuild his home country and support his family. Jeff is able to pursue his path through Whitworth’s partnership with the Act Six program, which equips emerging leaders to engage the college campus and their home communities.
“I know what being in need means. I have also learned that education is the best path out of poverty and can lead me to success. When you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, you will be successful,” says Louissaint.
Each Whitworth student’s story is unique, but for nearly 92% of them, their Whitworth experience is made possible through scholarships. The Pines to Promise Project is an important way to build Whitworth’s endowment to provide a consistent income stream that is dedicated to helping students each year, and it will ensure the long-term health of the university. Endowed scholarships are distinct because they outlast virtually any other kind of gift to the university. Since they are designed to continue growing, they provide annual support for Whitworth students into perpetuity.
Learn more about the Pines to Promise Project and how a legacy planted at Whitworth can have far-reaching impact.