Lettie Pate Whitehead
Lettie Pate Whitehead’s Philanthropic Legacy Lives On
Every day, Auburn Montgomery’s nursing students strive to provide their patients with the best level of care possible, and in turn AUM endeavors to provide our students with the education and training necessary for them to achieve that goal. The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation also helps our outstanding nursing students pursue their education by providing scholarships to deserving young women. During the 2013-2014 academic year, the foundation awarded fourteen students over $2,000 each in scholarship funds.
The foundation is named for Letitia “Lettie” Pate Whitehead Evans. Born in 1872 in Thaxton, Virginia, Lettie later married Joseph Whitehead who, along with a business partner, secured the exclusive rights to bottle and sell Coca-Cola. Joseph and Lettie Whitehead were prominent members of the Atlanta community and were known not only for their business sense, but also for their philanthropy. Throughout her life, Lettie Pate Whitehead gave to numerous charities, and her generosity extended to her estate. She left the majority of her estate to her foundation so that it could continue to support the causes she felt most passionate about: the education of women and the care of the elderly. According to the foundation’s website, the Coca-Cola Company said about Lettie’s legacy, “During her life, she gave away millions to … relieve and comfort the underprivileged and the afflicted…by her life and example, Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans made the world a better place in which to live.”