The Foundation devotes most of its resources to the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarship program. Annual scholarship grants are made to accredited educational institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. In accordance with guidelines prescribed by the founder, the grantee institutions award scholarships on the basis of need to Christian women who reside in one of the specified states.
More than 200 institutions participate annually in the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarship program. Thousands of women receive financial assistance each year in individual amounts determined by the recipient institutions.
While most of the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarships go toward undergraduate higher education, the Foundation maintains a special interest in health education. A significant number of its scholarship grants support education in the medical, nursing, and allied health care fields.
Elderly Care Program
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 has responded to this concern by providing support to a few selected nursing homes and hospice facilities in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.