Whittier Innovates


Whittier Innovates is an innovation challenge that will develop and support innovators at Whittier College who have the foresight to improve the way we do things. 

Through an application process, we invite you to answer the call, “how can we innovate ourselves?” Submit your good ideas, and seed funding will be awarded to the teams or individuals who propose the most necessary and actionable innovations within your department or across campus. 

In its pilot year, the Challenge generated 14 proposals of which two were selected and funded

Who is eligible?

  • All faculty, staff, and students.
  • Individuals can participate, but collaborative teams are encouraged!

What’s in it for you?

You can bring your idea to life with the support of institutional funding, bragging rights (this is a competition, after all!), résumé enhancer, website and social media news features, be a part of the progress at Whittier College. 

How will applications be evaluated?

  • Likelihood of successful execution within timeline
  • Alignment with the College’s mission and strategic imperatives
    • impact on equity and inclusion
    • impact on student success 
    • impact on revenue (this is especially important to highlight in your application: what efficiencies, cost-savings, or revenue will your project generate?)
  • Demonstrated interdisciplinary and cross-department collaboration


  • Embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and collaborate across campus
  • Projects that are currently being funded (or are eligible for funding) through other sources are not eligible (i.e. fellowships, grants, faculty research in progress, etc.)
  • Students should not only consult with faculty or staff members, but ideally will secure a mentor who can assist in executing the project
  • Awardees will be required to submit updates on their project
  • Vice Presidents and members of President Oubré’s cabinet are ineligible
  • Awards may range in size from $500 to $5,000
  • Have fun!


The submission period for the second Whittier Innovates Challenge will be announced in spring 2020.