Two scholarships, each worth $1,500, will be awarded by the Woods Memorial Scholarship Committee to two high school students who have been accepted to an institution of higher education. Prospective recipients must also possess leadership skills, participate in extracurricular school activities and possess a financial need, according to Juanita Carmichael, the committee’s secretary.
The Kathryn Woods Memorial Scholarships were named in honor of Kathryn Woods in 1989. The scholarships were renamed to the Kathryn and Marion J. Woods Memorial Scholarships after Marion Woods died in 1994.
Marion Woods was the first African-American high school principal to serve in Cobb County and the first African-American to serve on the Marietta Board of Education.
Kathryn Woods was a school teacher and served on the PTA at the local, state and national levels and organized the Cobb County Council of African Americans Parents and Teachers. Kathryn Woods also integrated the YWCA in Marietta in the mid-1960s after being denied when she tried to register for a ceramics class, according to committee records. The couple was regarded as committed advocates for education and the civil rights movement.
The committee selected John D. Thomas of Marietta High School and Brittany Taylor of South Cobb High School as the 2013 scholarship recipients.
The committee expects roughly 150 donors will be in attendance at this Friday’s banquet. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at the door, according to the committee.