Mary E. Wood & Larry W. Carter Scholarship Recipients Announced

    August 9, 2017

     

    Mary E. Wood and Larry W. Carter Scholarship Recipients Announced

     

    The Community Foundation administers the Mary E. Wood Scholarship and the Larry W. Carter Scholarship funds which provide scholarships for African-American students seeking higher education.

    Recipients of the 2017 Mary E. Wood Scholarship include:
    Alyssa Carter studying at Mercy College of Health Science
    Kali Weiss studying at St. Olaf College

    Recipients of the 2017 Larry W. Carter Scholarship include:
    Nawadir Ali studying at Saint Louis University
    Akouvi Dansou studying at the University of Iowa
    Madeline Edmonds studying at Iowa State University
    Nina Gregory studying at Iowa State University
    Bailey Irvin studying at Iowa State University
    Gabriel Maxey studying at Des Moines Area Community College
    Skylar Mayberry-Mayes studying at Iowa State University
    Kiera McGregor studying at Iowa Western Community College
    Kale’Nichols studying at Iowa State University
    Janita Pegram studying the University of Iowa
    Elizabeth Settles studying at Iowa State University
    Sierra Singleton studying at Iowa State University
    Teleah Thomas studying at North Carolina A & T State University
    Kali Weiss studying at St. Olaf College
    Elijah Willig studying at Middlebury College

    About Mary E. Wood

    Mary E. Wood was born August 28, 1902, in Des Moines, Iowa.  She attended Des Moines Public Schools and graduated from East High School.  In 1924, she received her Bachelors Degree from Drake University and continued her education at New York University in New York City, receiving a Master of Arts in Education. 

     

    Mary Wood was the first African-American woman in the United States to be named executive director of a greater metropolitan YWCA and held that position in several states. After retiring, she served as a consultant for the National Board of the YWCA and implemented its imperative to "eliminate racism wherever it exists by any means necessary."

     

    About Larry W. Carter

    Larry W. Carter was also educated in Des Moines Public School system. He was the first African-American to enroll and graduate from the Intermountain School of Telegraphy.  He also received a degree from the Marquette University Advanced School of Management and the Management Development Institute.

     

    Larry Carter worked for Norwest Financial for more than 27 years and eventually became one of the highest ranking African-American corporate officers in Des Moines.