The Harold Woodruff Memorial Scholarship Book Fund
The purpose of The Harold Woodruff Memorial Scholarship Book Fund is to extend financial aid to eligible college students of the West Park United Methodist Church. This fund is governed by the Harold Woodruff Sunday School class. The Woodruff and Seekers Sunday School classes oversee fundraising activities for this fund and are supported by the congregation.
In the fall of 1979, two years after Mr. Woodruff’s passing, the memorial fund was established to provide a “love gift” to students in memory of him. Mr. Woodruff was a long-time member and supporter of West Park. Beginning in the 1940’s, he and his wife, Velma, led the youth group at Fourth Methodist (the original West Park located on South Avenue in Bridgeton). He cared deeply about the youth and their futures. It is hoped that the monetary “love gift” will show students that the Woodruff and Seekers classes and everyone at West Park have the same concern for them as did Mr. Woodruff.
To receive aid, a student must be actively involved in the ministry and mission of West Park Church through worship services, Sunday School, or other church-sponsored activities including but not limited to Vacation Bible School, hockey mission, choir, music team, sound team, missions projects, Bible Study attendance when home. Membership of West Park is not necessary. Eligible students must fill out an application form each semester indicating whether they are full time (minimum of 12 credit hours) or part time.
From fall 1979 through spring 1985 full-time students received $25 per semester for books. In the fall of 1985 the amount was increased to $50 per semester and over the years has increased to the present amount of $125 per semester. For the Fall 2016 semester, a total of $2,750 was distributed for 22 full-time students.
Over the last 37 years, 214 individual students have received financial assistance. The total “love gift” given through the Fall 2016 semester is $81,061.
Our Annual Pasta Dinner is currently the only event that raises funds to support the Scholarship Book Fund.