The Whitman High School Education Foundation (WHSEF) is an independent non-profit organization that raises funds annually to support projects that enrich the intellectual, social and physical experience of students and staff at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. 


The WHSEF volunteer board collaborates with the Whitman staff, and student and parent leadership, to identify unmet technology, program, facility, equipment, and professional development needs of the school. In addition, the WHSEF makes an annual donation to support Wheaton High School, Whitman's sister school.   

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With generous support from the Whitman community, WSHEF was able to fund 37 grants during the 2019-2020 school year. 


Highlights include the following:

  • Professional development for Art, Foreign Language and Science teachers

  • Machinery and equipment for Science and Engineering classes

  • Materials for Physics labs

  • Software for use in Biology classes

  • Upgrades to sound system in the Whitman auditorium

  • Replacement of broken treadmill and bikes used in the Physical Education department

  • Lighting and materials for Photography classes

  • Guest speakers for Health classes

  • USB writing tablets for use in distance learning

  • Micro-grant program to support teachers during distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Modular classroom furniture designed to stimulate learning, collaboration, and strengthen peer-to-peer relationships

"Whitman simply would not be the same school without your support. One key partnership is through Whitman’s Education Foundation.  Grants from WHSEF have enhanced the overall instructional program in numerous ways over the years, providing state-of the art technology, extended media center hours, program support, and professional development for teachers.  In addition, WHSEF has made important facilities improvements. .Your assistance makes a difference."

… Dr. Alan Goodwin, former Principal of Walt Whitman High School

WHSEF is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN 20-2838800).

WHSEF, P.O. Box 58, Cabin John, MD 20818-0058