DW Foundation Provides Generous Scholarship to WPU Students

Mar 12, 2021

MARCH 10, 2021: William Peace University is proud to announce that eight students have been awarded scholarships from the Dereck Whittenburg Foundation (DW Foundation), a local non-profit that aims to provide financial support assisting Raleigh students achieve their college ambitions. Former NC State University basketball star, Dereck Whittenburg, along with his wife Jacqueline, started the DW Foundation seven years ago and it has awarded countless scholarships to university juniors and seniors in the Raleigh area. 

“It is an honor and privilege to work with the Dereck Whittenburg Foundation over the years and witness the impact of their generosity on so many students,” said WPU President, Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D. “The DW Foundation lives their passion and mission of ‘Dream. Believe. Work. Now Finish.’” 

“It is an honor and privilege to work with the Dereck Whittenburg Foundation over the years and witness the impact of their generosity on so many students. The DW Foundation lives their passion and mission of ‘Dream. Believe. Work. Now Finish.”

This year the DW Foundation awarded scholarships to eight William Peace University students, the most ever received in a single year. The 2021 winners are Samara Demary, Emily Freer, Jamiya Hargraves, Marerika Monroe, Aminah Muhammad, Jenica Myers, Mariah-Chanel Partin and Edgar Arrieta Reyes. These recipients underwent a highly competitive application and selection process, which highlighted their academic performance as well as their leadership, service and extracurricular activities.

“I am thankful to receive a scholarship which will help towards my tuition,” said Mariah-Chanel Partin who is pursuing a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. “ When I received the news, I was ecstatic to know that I was one of the few selected.”

This valuable opportunity is helping dreams become a reality for entire families. Psychology major Edgar Arrieta Reyes said, “Being a first-generation college student, and first-generation immigrant who is ineligible for federal aid, continuing to study what I’m passionate about in university has always been an honor and extreme privilege. To me, this scholarship represents a burden being slightly lifted from my parents.” 

Communication major, Jenica Myers is equally grateful and wishes to pay it forward. “My plan is to obtain a master degree in Higher Ed and maybe one day get my Ph.D. in education. My goal is to work with first-year students through advising or the First-Year Experience whose stories were similar to mine or with students whose stories are totally different from mine.” She hopes to leave a positive influence on their lives in a similar way that many WPU staff and faculty members have impacted her. “I hope that I can do the same one day for other students.”


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