The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation is a public charity that provides support for the education of female students and for the care of elderly women in nine Southeastern states.

The Foundation devotes most of its resources to the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarship program, which provides scholarship grants for deserving female students with financial need at more than 200 colleges, universities and schools. The Foundation also supports select elderly care facilities in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

Where We Fund

The Foundation was chartered in 1946 for the “aid and benefit of poor and deserving Christian girls and women” in nine states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Grants are not made to institutions outside of these nine specified states.

What We Fund

Scholarship Program: The Foundation awards scholarship grants to more than 200 educational institutions in nine Southeastern states. In accordance with the will that created the Foundation, grantee institutions use the funds to award need-based scholarships to female Christian students who reside in one of the nine specified states. Learn more >

Elderly Care: In establishing the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Conkey Pate Whitehead professed the “greatest sympathy for elderly women … who have met with adversity in their declining years.” The Foundation responds to this concern by supporting select elderly care facilities in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. Learn more >

How to Apply

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals. If you are seeking a scholarship or elderly care assistance, please contact your institution for information on how to apply. You can see if your institution participates in our grants program by visiting Scholarship Program or Elderly Care.

The Foundation rarely adds new institutions to its grants program. For inquiries related to adding your organization to our grants program, please contact Carrie Conway at 404-522-6755 or