Wood Foundation Awards Grant to St. John’s College
Annapolis, Md., November 13, 2007 - Sallie Hamrick, trustee of the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation, today announced a grant of $50,000 to St. John’s College in Annapolis. The grant will help support the Friends of St. John’s Jeff Bishop Memorial Scholarship Fund for Maryland Students.
In announcing the award, Ms. Hamrick commented, “The purpose of the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation is to encourage the development of promising young people. We are pleased to support St. John’s in their efforts to attract young Marylanders to attend their unique Great Books program.”
In accepting the grant, St. John’s President Christopher Nelson said, “It is an honor for St. John’s to receive the Wood Foundation gift and a boon to our students. Nearly 20 percent of our students come from Maryland and a number of them receive financial aid. Our financial aid program is entirely need-based, so every dollar raised for the Friends of St. John’s Scholarship Fund for Maryland Students goes to help Maryland students who would otherwise be unable to attend St. John’s.”
The estates of Mr. and Mrs. Wood established the Foundation to “…Found or to provide scholarships for deserving young men and women who are citizens of the United States and to assist them in attending any educational institution in the United States.” The Woods, founders of both the Annapolis Sailing School and the Annapolis Boat Shows, employed many young people in their businesses and took great pleasure in seeing them mature and take on responsibility.