Who We Are

Since our inception, we have worked to increase college access and entry for young people in Mississippi and have expanded that work to support promising practices that lead to college persistence and completion. The foundation seeks a Mississippi where all people can secure the training and education beyond high school that will allow them to advance their quality of life, strengthen their communities, and contribute to a vibrant and prosperous future for the state of Mississippi.

The Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to help Mississippi students plan and pay for college. We are committed to helping more Mississippians obtain postsecondary credentials, college certifications, and degrees that lead to meaningful employment.

Our Vision

We envision a Mississippi where all people can secure the training and education beyond high school that will allow them to enhance their quality of life, strengthen their communities, and contribute to a vibrant and prosperous future for our state.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help more Mississippians obtain postsecondary credentials, college certificates, and degrees that lead to meaningful employment.

Our Core Beliefs

We believe that the long-term success of the state of Mississippi is predicated on the ability of our citizens to access and complete high-quality, postsecondary education and training programs.

Furthermore, we believe all Mississippians have the potential to achieve the American Dream. Our role—and the role of smart and committed allies and aligned institutions—is to remove the barriers that stunt the efforts of students to obtain the skills they need to succeed.

To change the prevailing narrative of the state’s education-to-career pipeline, new voices must be brought to the conversation to inform strategy.

We understand that philanthropy cannot replace the role of government to fund smart, sustainable solutions. However, philanthropy can—and should—invest in the expansion of promising practices and underlying infrastructure that can help thousands of individuals and families and demonstrate effective solutions. Philanthropy can also provide a stronger case for larger systems change.