Whittier College Receives Grant From Fletcher Jones Foundation

March 20, 2010

The Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded Whittier College a grant for $147,000, over the course of three years, to establish the Fletcher Jones Foundation Undergraduate Fellows Program in Health and Science. The funding will support 20 fellowships enabling students to engage in health-related internships and science research. The Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellowship program is part of the recently launched Center for Science, Health, and Policy at Whittier College.

"The Fletcher Jones grant recognizes the extraordinary student body that is present at Whittier and the impressive student-faculty research that is being done at the undergraduate level," said President Sharon Herzberger. "Through this new fellowship program, the Center for Science, Health, and Policy will receive the backing needed to train diverse leaders who will help address and solve the multitude of health issues facing our nation and world."

Annually, six to seven Whittier College students will be selected as Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellows; they will receive stipends and mentoring support for health-related internships and research assistantships during the summer following their junior year and for continuing scholarly activity during their senior year. A separate Student Research Fund will also be available to support research needs such as expendable supplies, small equipment and materials, as well as conference participation and research-related travel assistance.

The Center for Science, Health, and Policy is designed to maximize student learning by advancing the College's deep commitment to interdisciplinary curricula, collaborative teaching, undergraduate research and internships, and the integration of student learning experiences within local, national, and international communities. Undergraduate fellowships are a focal point of Center activities allowing students to participate in student-faculty research and summer internships.

The Fletcher Jones Foundation was established in 1969 by businessman and mathematician Fletcher Roseberry Jones, a pioneer in the field of computer science. The Foundation's emphasis for grant making has long been on providing support for private, higher educational institutions, especially in California. The Fletcher Jones Foundation is governed by a distinguished twelve member Board of Trustees drawn from the ranks of business, law, finance, banking, education and government. The Foundation is administered by a two-person staff, based at its office in Pasadena, California.