April 19, 2018
Representatives from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation of Atlanta, Georgia, visited Mars Hill University last week, talking with leadership of the institution and meeting some of the women the foundation’s grants have helped. This year there are 45 Whitehead Scholars at Mars Hill, thanks to the $160,000 the foundation awards the university each year. Mars Hill and the foundation have a relationship spanning 64 years, with the first gift coming in 1954. In 2004 Mars Hill honored the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation as its “Foundation of the Year.”
Conkey Pate Whitehead created the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation in 1946 as a memorial to his mother, who had been a strong supporter of education. Mrs. Whitehead was the wife of one of the founders of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Atlanta. The Whiteheads became business, church, and civic leaders, and Mrs. Whitehead took over and grew the family’s portfolio of businesses and real estate following her husband’s death in 1906.
The foundation primarily serves to provide financial aid to Christian, female students who reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia. The foundation says more than 12,000 women each year receive assistance from its scholarship program at more than 200 colleges and universities.