Mazie S. Woodruff Scholarship

The Mazie S. Woodruff Scholarship was created in memory of Mazie Spencer Woodruff, the first African-American elected to serve on the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners; in which she served for 14 years. Woodruff was a devoted and active member of the community, serving on numerous boards and committees in Forsyth County including the Board of Directors of Mechanics and Farmers Bank, the United Way Board of Directors, the Forsyth County Library Board of Trustees, the Reynolds Health Center Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Northwest North Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Piedmont Council of Government. In addition, Woodruff’s volunteer services in the community included Forsyth Court Volunteers, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and Senior Services, Inc., where she delivered Meals-on-Wheels for senior citizens in the Community.

Woodruff retired from Holladay Surgical Supply where she served as a shipping and receiving clerk and sales representative. Woodruff’s many awards included being recognized as the Winston-Salem Chronicle Woman of the Year in 1988, the Sara Lee Service Award in 1990, and also being recognized as the Outstanding County Commissioner by the National Association of Black County Officials in 1996.

In 1998, the City of Winston-Salem, and County of Forsyth named the Forsyth Tech and Carver School Road Branch Library Center locations after Mazie Spencer Woodruff to help serve community patrons in the East Winston area.

This scholarship is awarded to a second year student who is a U.S. Citizen, a resident of Forsyth County and enrolled in at least one course at the Mazie S. Woodruff Center. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and volunteer experience within the community. Preference is given to minorities.