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WoodmenLife Awards Students $288,000 in Scholarships

The annual WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship® was given to 459 recipients

WoodmenLife today announced the recipients of its annual Focus Forward Scholarship. The total awards amounted to $288,000 awarded to 459 recent high school graduates. These students submitted applications highlighting their academic achievements and community involvement and an essay on patriotism.

The WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship program is just one of the wide range of valuable extras the organization offers its members. A person becomes a member when they purchase a WoodmenLife life insurance or retirement product.

Since starting the scholarship program in 2017, WoodmenLife has awarded more than $2.4 million in scholarships to nearly 4,000 students who are furthering their education at trade schools, colleges and universities across the country.

This year, three applicants received the top award of $10,000:

Hope Howard, a student at Marshall County High in Benton, KY, plans to attend Western Kentucky University this fall to study Elementary Education.



Madison Melvin, another Kentucky native and student at Larry A. Ryle High School in Union, KY, plans on using her scholarship to pursue a career in medicine. Melvin plans to attend Morehead State University this fall to study Biomedical Sciences, on a pre-med track.



Joshua Scurlock of Cottondale, FL, is a Cottondale High School senior, who plans on furthering his education at the University of Florida, where he’ll study Media Production, Management, and Technology.



The program also awarded 15 $2,500 scholarships and 441 $500 scholarships to assist deserving students nationwide in reaching their goals in higher education.

“In our sixth year of this program, we are honored to be a part of helping these students follow their dreams and continue their education,” said Patrick L. Dees, WoodmenLife President & CEO. “These teens showcase WoodmenLife’s values each day, and we look forward to their bright futures ahead.”

About WoodmenLife

WoodmenLife was founded in 1890 as a not-for-profit. The organization gives back to its members across the country, who join together in a shared commitment to family, community and country. With a legacy of financial stability, WoodmenLife offers quality life insurance and retirement products. A person becomes a member when they purchase a WoodmenLife product. Members have access to many extras they can use now. To learn more about the organization, visit