Lettie Pate Whitehead (1872-1953) was a businesswoman and generous benefactor best known for being one of the first women to serve on the board of directors for an American corporation, serving as director of the Coca-Cola Company for nearly 20 years beginning in 1934. She contributed to numerous charities in Georgia and Virginia during her lifetime and served as a trustee of Emory University, Agnes Scott College, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation was founded in 1946 and is dedicated to the support of women in nine southeastern states. The foundation devotes most of its resources to the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarship program, which provides grants to schools and colleges to be used for need-based scholarships for Christian female students. More than 200 institutions participate in the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarship program. Thousands of women receive financial assistance each year in individual amounts determined by the recipient institutions. For more information, please visit the Whitehead Foundation website https://lpwhitehead.org/