The Diamond Dream Campaign began with the Palmer Alumnae vision to to give multiple awards to our deserving Active sisters in the range of $1,000-$3,000. In order to achieve this dream, we set a grand challenge in March 2014 to raise an additional $50,000 to our Endowed Fund by Whittier Weekend 2017. Achieving this goal allows us to give approximate $5,000 per year at a performance rate of 3.5%.
Once again, Palmer Alumnae deliver on their promise! The Diamond Dream Campaign ended in August 2016 and was announced at our 95th Anniversary Brunch with a special video announcement. This was done almost a full year ahead of our scheduled Whittier Weekend 2017 deadline.
Since 2010, the Palmer Society has awarded 14 Scholarships distributed over $21,000. With 89% of Whittier College undergraduates needing financial assistance in order to complete their education, the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends is instrumental in underwriting nearly $3 million in scholarship and fellowship awards each year. Palmer Alumnae Endowed Scholarships is one part of this effort in helping student scholarship support remain a top priority at Whittier College.
Beyond making yearly awards, the Scholarship aims to provide an experience to our applicants to help them excel in their goals. Our application features essays based on the real world behavior based question format and requires a resume geared toward their career objectives. Additionally, we recruit mentors to support applicants on the written and interview phases of the application. Finally, we provide constructive feedback throughout so each applicant can develop their skills by apply for the scholarship. Our objective is to help our active sisters be prepared for competitive internships, fellowships, and jobs as well as have the confidence to succeed and break through the glass ceiling.
Here is what went into achieving our goal...
Thank you for your part in to helping Palmer Girls Fulfill their Dreams and ours.
The Palmer Alumnae will continue working to steadily grow this fund to Help Palmer Girls Fulfill their Dreams. Together in sisterhood, Palmer resources and ingenuity we will continue to live up to the high standards we set for ourselves as leaders on the Poet Campus.
A value added proposition to giving to Palmer Alumnae Endowed Scholarships: A gift of any amount to any designation counts in the All-Society Alumni Participation Challenge. Our actives can win up to funds for their student activities fund if based on Palmer Alumnae participation and to date, we’ve ALWAYS placed in the Top 3. Our participation was 52.2% (= 301 alumnae participated) in 2016, our BIGGEST TURNOUT EVER – thank you, everyone! And due to this participation, our actives received a $750 cash award from the Office of Advancement. Members can review their participation status at www.palmersociety.gives or text the word "POET" from a smartphone to participate.
Over time, we encourage our sisters to make giving a part an ongoing effort to honoring the Palmer legacy at Whittier. Please consider your part in helping make Palmer Girls dreams come true:
Show your Palmer Pride by taking part in a pledge class or class year challenge, especially during reunion and anniversary years
Remember, all gifts to the Endowed Scholarship are tax deductible
Supporting the Endowed Scholarship will benefit Whittier College’s alumni participation rate