Lion L. Woodward embodied the mission of Rotary – “Service Above Self.” He was a charter member of the Trenton Rotary Club in 1914, President in 1920, and District Governor two years later.
Lion graduated from trade school in Lancaster, Pa., came to Trenton in 1901 and secured a menial job at the Fitzgibbon and Crisp Wagon and Carriage Company. He became president of the company 13 years later and transformed it into an auto body manufacturer.
He served as President of the Trenton Chamber of Commerce, director of a local bank, Financial Chairman of the YMCA, and President of the Trenton Country Club. In the year before his death, he was elected President of the Auto Car Company, a growing truck manufacturer. His career was ended by his untimely death at the age of 48 in 1927. “He will be remembered,” declared the Trenton Times, “as a man of keen mind, unselfish spirit, and indomitable zeal.”
Trenton Rotary established the Lion Woodward Educational Fund in 1928 as a memorial to assist worthy students in achieving their educational goals. The Fund is now held at the Princeton Area Community Foundation, and overseen by a committee of five current Rotarians.
- Student at a high school in Trenton, or in the greater Mercer or Buck counties area
- Maintain a C (2.0 GPA) or better for the term of the scholarship.
- Must report progress in person at a Trenton Rotary meeting once per year to continue eligibility for years 2, 3 and 4 of the scholarship.
- Financial need, academic achievement, exemplary community service, and leadership are among the factors considered.
- Up to $2,500 per year, for up to four years of full-time study ($10,000 total)
- Up to four years of full-time study at an accredited college, university, trade, or vocational school