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About the Scholars Program

About the Scholars Program

More than a major, the Whittier Scholars Program (#WCScholars) is a community of students, faculty, and alumni who design customized educational paths in order to actualize individual aptitudes and ambitions. The approximately 10% of Whittier College students that join “Scholars” integrate all aspects of their college experience into blueprints for lives of expanding exploration and purposeful action.

In a series of small seminars, students connect experiences across a spectrum of fields, discern their academic focus, and connect their co-curricular activities with their aspirations and burgeoning skills to form a durable launchpad toward their futures. These launchpads are created by students with close mentorship from members of the Whittier Scholars Council. Called “educational designs,” they incorporate 4-6 courses in the Scholars Program, a carefully curated selection of courses from all divisions of the College, at least one off-campus learning experience such as an internship or international study, a mentored capstone project, and a digital portfolio that curates and reflects each student’s goals and growing expertise.

Scholars Senior Projects (1978-present)

Scholars Senior Projects (1978-present)

We are excited to announce a digital archive of Scholars Senior Project abstracts. In the forty years of the program, more than 800 scholars have created art, films, research papers, business plans, theatrical events, and more. And for the past 40 years, these projects have been carefully preserved…but not very accessible. We are now in the process of creating a descriptive index of Whittier Scholars Senior Projects. We have nearly 450 to go, but that means that hundreds of projects have already been described!

Check back to find your project (and if you still have your abstract, please send it to us!) Scholars alumni interested in a volunteer archivist position, please get in touch.

To access our database of senior project titles, please click here.

Image: Scholar Sara Chiu ’17 presents her Senior Project.

A Culture of Health:  Herbal Remedies of the Peruvian Highlands

A Culture of Health: Herbal Remedies of the Peruvian Highlands

Author: Jarred Rimby, Whittier Scholar, 2017

Research Sponsors:
Dr. Alvin Alejandrino, Biology
Dr. Teresa Delfin, Anthropology

Senior Project Abstract:

At the core of social relationships in the Peruvian highlands is reciprocity, the giving and taking of mutual assistance. In Quecha, the native language spoken in the Peruvian highlands, many words are used to differentiate between differing modes of reciprocity. Ayni refers to the sharing of work between kinsmen and compadres that is expected to be kept in balance, while mink’a refers to an asymmetrical situation in which one party is owed a service by the other. As reciprocal relationships are central to the sociocultural worldview of the Peruvian highlands, reciprocity can also be used as a foundation for understanding a Peruvian “model of health.” The goal of this research is to describe a model of health for residents of the Peruvian highlands, with the hope that it be employed in the development of future health promotion initiatives, working in the region. Findings are based on more than ten formal ethnographic interviews and significant participant observation conducted in June, 2016 throughout the Peruvian highlands in and around Cusco, and on Amantaní, Taquile and Uros islands plus other locations. Participants described spiritual and physical health as the two most important aspects of health that comprise holistic health. Participants categorized faith, and religion as factors with the capacity to influence spiritual health, and defined physical health in terms of fitness for the labor necessary to sustain oneself and family. It was made clear that spiritual health and physical health are inextricably linked, both able to influence one another. Spiritual health and physical themselves interact in an asymmetrical form of reciprocity where the relationship between spiritual and physical health is like mink’a and the relationship between physical and spiritual health is like ayni. Spiritual health has a greater capacity to influence physical health than physical health does spiritual health.

Read this senior project:

A Culture of Health_ Herbal Remedies of the Peruvain Highlands (pdf)
Medicinal herbs chart (pdf)

All rights reserved. Property of Jarred Rimby.

Scholar Jeff Cleveland ’02 named Outstanding Young Alumnus

Scholar Jeff Cleveland ’02 named Outstanding Young Alumnus

At the 2017 Poet Awards, Jeffrey C. Cleveland (’02) was named Outstanding Young Alumnus. Cleveland is a principal and the chief economist at Payden & Rygel, a global asset management company with more than $115 billion in assets under management. He is responsible for developing views on the U.S. and global economy His research areas include macroeconomics, central banks and money markets, money supply, and credit cycles. Cleveland is a frequent speaker at industry focums and is often quoted in the financial media. He has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business News.

Cleveland is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). Cleveland earned an M.A. in international political economy with an emphasis in international money and finance from Claremont Graduate University, and a B.A. in economics and global political economy as a Whittier Scholars graduate of Whittier College. His Scholars Project was titled “The Future of Money: An Austrian Theoretical Analysis of the Political Economics of Money” and explored, among other topics, the possibility of the rise of a virtual currency — years before Bitcoin.

As an avid open-water swimmer, Cleveland swam across the English Channel in September 2008, across the Catalina Channel in 2009, and around Manhattan in 2010. He was the 34th swimmer in history to complete this “triple crown” of open water swimming.