Product Design

Digital Design Scholarship in honor of Whitney French

Whitney French was a dynamic member of the WillowTree family. Her death was sudden and deeply impacted our company and community. In her honor, WillowTree announces the formation of a $10,000 scholarship which is designed to celebrate the life of Whitney French by supporting women in the field of digital user experience and design.

About Whitney French

Whitney was a Senior Product Designer at WillowTree and an inspiration to everyone she touched. She was incredibly passionate about her work. Her talent and drive allowed her to cross between the lines of designer and innovator. She worked on many projects at WillowTree and always made a significant and meaningful impact. Her enthusiasm and creativity was infectious, and she will always be missed.

About the Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to celebrate the life of Whitney French by supporting women in the field of digital user experience and design. Whitney was incredibly passionate about giving more women the opportunity to make an impact in digital design and supporting their education and development.

WillowTree remains focused on this cause and offers a $10,000 scholarship over the course of two years starting junior year to a female design student attending college in the states of North Carolina or Virginia.

If a senior receives the scholarship, they will be eligible for $5k.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Female student
  • Junior or Senior year of undergraduate degree
  • Pursuing a design degree with an emphasis on digital
  • Attending a college or university in NC or VA
  • Digital portfolio
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 3.4 or higher in design coursework / major
  • Applicants will be reviewed based on how closely they embody Whitney’s values including an incredible dedication to her craft, technical expertise, intellectual curiosity and an overriding sense of optimism and support for others.

Essay Topic (1000 word limit): How will the rapid advancement of AI, machine learning, and the proliferation of voice assistants affect how people interact with each other and with companies? How does the existence of such technologies change the way you think about your design process?

Process: Email us at with resume, portfolio, and essay. Finalists will be selected for a 1 hr portfolio review and interview. Deadline: January 31, 2018 for August 2018 semester

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About WillowTree

WillowTree is the leading digital agency in the mid-Atlantic with clients including HBO, CBS, Fox, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Verizon, Zappos and Regal Cinemas. We bring together the smartest, most motivated designers and developers to build the absolute best mobile applications and digital products. We foster a collaborative environment that focuses on continuous learning and unlimited opportunities to impact some of the most successful digital products in the world.

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