Nancy Wood Scholarship Recipient to Attend Dillard University in the Fall

From left to right: Bryn Bagwell, Paulina Webber, and Nancy M. Wood

Paulina Webber, a member of Wesley Chapel UMC in Little Rock has been named the 2019-20 Nancy McDonald Wood Scholarship recipient. Mrs. Wood and her daughter, Bryn Bagwell, announced the award during the Palm Sunday church service. The daughter of Mrs. Jo Webber, Paulina will receive $5,000 toward her freshman enrollment at Dillard University in New Orleans, a Historically Black College and University.

Webber, a 2019 graduate of Parkview High School with a 3.9-grade point, has had strong leadership roles in several extracurricular activities including Beta Club, Dance Ambassador, and NHS. She began her community service as a young child when she and her mother often fed hungry homeless people under the bridge in Little Rock. In more recent years, Paulina was active in a weekly food pantry at her church and in The Great Giveaway which distributes school supplies and uniforms to children.

After experiencing Girls State last year and being elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court there, Paulina became even more interested in how the legal community could help poor disenfranchised people. She plans to enroll in Dillard in the fall with the goal of becoming a lawyer. In her application, Paulina recalled Galatians 6: “ we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone.”

The NMWood scholarship, established in 2015, is administered by the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas and is open to a young woman who has been active in her home church and who carries her Christian values out into her community. The scholarship was established by friends and family of Nancy M. Wood to honor her interest in strong female lay leadership in the church. Harper Purifoy, the first Wood Scholar, graduated from Hendrix College in May 2019.

2019-20 applications for the scholarship will be available in the fall at

Nancy McDonald Wood Scholarship now accepting applications

The Nancy McDonald Wood Scholarship is now accepting applications for its 2019 scholarship award.

The scholarship, named for Nancy McDonald Wood, was established and funded fall of 2015 through the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas. Wood, a lifelong Methodist and former high school teacher, hopes scholarship winners will become strong lay leaders in United Methodist churches after completing their college education.

Any young woman who has been a member of an Arkansas United Methodist Church and has demonstrated a commitment to historic Methodist values is a candidate for the scholarship.

She must also have shown sound academic ability, leadership qualities and exceptional character. She should have been accepted by an accredited college and plan to begin classes the following fall semester.

To apply for the Nancy McDonald Wood Scholarship, print out the application form and mail the completed application to Nancy M. Wood, P.O. Box 7404, Little Rock, AR 72217. All applications must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2019.

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