Lion Woodward Foundation Scholarship

Lion L. Woodward
Lion L. Woodward embodied the mission of Rotary – “Service Above Self.” He was a charter member of the Trenton Rotary Club in 1914, President in 1920, and District Governor two years later.

After graduating from trade school in Lancaster, Pa., Lion Woodward came to Trenton in 1901 and secured a menial job at the Fitzgibbon and Crisp Wagon and Carriage Company. Step by step, in thirteen years, he reached the presidency of the enterprise and transformed it into an auto body manufacturer.

He served as President of the Trenton Chamber of Commerce, director of a local bank, Financial Chairman of the YMCA, President of the Trenton Country Club, and as a member of a commission appointed by the Governor to study crippled children. In the year before his death, he was elected President of the Auto Car Company, a growing truck manufacturer. His career, ended by his untimely death at the age of 48 in 1927, exemplified community service. “He will be remembered,” declared the Trenton Times, “as a man of keen mind, unselfish spirit, and indomitable zeal.”


The Scholarship:

Lion Woordward (on the right) 1915, as the Rotary Club visited the new Bell Telephone Company.

Trenton Rotary established the Lion Woodward Educational Fund in 1928 in memory of Lion Woodward to assist worthy students in achieving their educational goals. The Fund was converted to a scholarship program in 2011, administered by the Princeton Area Community Foundation, and overseen by a committee of five current Rotarians.

One scholarship of up to $16,000 is awarded annually. The award is paid out in amounts of up to $4,000 per year for up to four years.


  • Student graduating from a high school in Trenton, or in the greater Mercer or Buck counties area.
  • Must be accepted for full-time study at an accredited college, university, trade, or vocational school.
  • Maintain a C (2.0 GPA) or better for the term of the scholarship.
  • Financial need, academic achievement, exemplary community service, and leadership are among the factors considered.
  • Must report their progress in person at a Trenton Rotary meeting once a year to continue their eligibility for years 2, 3 and 4 of the scholarship.

A variety of factors are considered as part of the evaluation process, including financial need, academic achievement, exemplary community service, and leadership.

Visit and click on “The Lion Woodward Educational Fund of the Rotary Club of Trenton” for details and to apply. 

Application Deadline: April 15