Obscure Wood Scholarships for Leadership Program

Wood Scholarships for Leadership
Wood Scholarships for Leadership


The obscure WOOD SCHOLARSHIPS, awarded by the Wood Scholarship Board, is awarded to the students of the Minnesota State University (MSU), Mankato, who are actively involved in community service & have contributed to the society. The obscure Wood Scholarships are also called as the Truman & Reta Wood Community Leadership Scholarships & has two awards totaling $10,000 annually.


The WOOD Scholarship board was set-up in Jan 1994 by its various founders namely Dr Truman Wood & Reta Wood. Truman Wood is the former professor of Political Science/Law Enforcement at MSU & Reta Wood taught elementary school 25 years for Mankato Area Public Schools. Both of them have been participating regularly in community services in the Mankato area. Truman Wood providing service to the church, Mankato Planning Commission and local politics & Reta Wood involved with church and civic organizations. Currently the board consists of various members including the friends and students of the Woods. The board has awarded Wood scholarships to the tune of $260,000 in Minnesota State University (MSU), Mankato scholarships till date. The major contributor towards the scholarship fund has been the Annual fundraising dinner – part guest lecture & part social event.


The Wood scholarships are given to the students based on the below criteria.

• Creativity & commitment to community activities

• Problem solving skills

• Dedication towards community & contributions

• Political Science or International Relations as the first major

• 90 semester hours completed by the end of Spring semester

• Excellent GPA

The selection is done based on the applicants’ dedication towards the community. As the founders are very active in community services, the main factor for selection of the winner is the area of social service as well. The application needs to be accompanied by the details of the community service with the references from the Political Science faculty members from MSU. The application forms are available at the website & have to be mailed with the required attachments by the application deadline which is normally by Feb or March of every year. Two winners are selected by the board with each receiving a Wood scholarship for $5,000 annually. The winners are announced in April and the felicitation is done during the Homecoming week & annual dinner. For further questions on the obscure Wood Scholarships you may use the contacts below.

PSLE Department

109 Morris Hall

Phone: 507) 389-2721

Fax: (507) 389-6377

E-mail: patricia.davis@mnsu.edu

You can contact the founders of these scholarships for leadership at the below address.

Truman and Reta Wood,

100 Dublin Road, #2227,

Mankato, MN 56001

Email: truman.wood@gmail.com

Phone: (507) 388-2239 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (507) 388-2239      end_of_the_skype_highlighting


Leaders are known for their active pursuit for excellence and drive the whole team to success along with them. The little known Wood Scholarships, also called “Truman & Reta Wood Community Leadership Scholarship” – clearly suggests that the aim is to identify the “leaders for tomorrow”. The Wood Scholarship works to – identify community leaders, motivate and pursue them to achieve success, hence, the community will automatically succeed with them.

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