The Ruth Lorraine White Memorial Scholarship Trust

‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’ Luke 12:48

Ruth Lorraine White taught her four children that education would set you free. It will set you free from the bonds of poverty and despair but unfortunately, higher education is not free. After many years of prayer, in 2001, with the help of H. Scott Poole, Esquire of the law firm of Shirk, Reist, my husband and I created the Ruth Lorraine White Memorial Scholarship Trust.

We received advanced designation by the Internal Revenue Service as a public charity; therefore your contributions are tax deductible. In 2007, we received our permanent designation as a public charity 501 (c) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service.

The trust provides a $1,000 scholarship to a member/participant of Bright Side Baptist Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania seeking higher education. This scholarship is NOT limited to high school students. Anyone seeking higher education may apply. Higher education includes an accredited trade school, 2-year associates program, college or graduate school. (There is more scholarship information about the qualifications in the Scholarship Information section of this website). The money is disbursed directly to the trade school, college or university on the students behalf.

To date, we have awarded 31, $1,000 scholarships. We hope and pray that you will join us in this endeavor.


Ruth Lorraine White Memorial Scholarship Application


Scholarship History

This scholarship is in honor of Ruth Lorraine White. Mrs. White graduated from Reading High School. Before coming to Lancaster, she attended Temple University. She continued her studies at Franklin and Marshall College.

Mrs. White was married for 28 years to Dr. Harold White. She was president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Lancaster Osteopathic Association and she served as the president of the Auxiliary of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.

Mrs. White always taught her four children that education was the key to success. After a courageous fight against cancer, the Lord took her home on September 13, 1988. In honor of Mrs. White’s unwavering commitment to the importance of higher education, this scholarship has been established in her name and memory.

The IRS has recognized the trust as a public charity under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax deductible. All administrative expenses are paid by the trustees.

Please join us in continuing to support our students. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Scholarship Information

QUALIFICATIONS:  The recipient must be an underprivileged racial or ethnic minority person who is a member or regular participant of Bright Side Baptist Church.

ELIGIBILITY: Recipient(s) must attend a two-year, three-year or four-year college program, or a graduate studies program, at an accredited academic institution in the United States of America The recipient will receive a $1000 scholarship award and the monies may only be used for tuition, room and board, books and supplies.  There is no limitation on the number of times that an applicant may apply for the scholarship.


  1. Each applicant must complete an application form.
  2. Each applicant must write an essay on the ‘Importance of Higher Education’ (maximum of 500 words).
  3. Each applicant must list scholarships awarded in the past and/or scholarships for which you are currently being considered by other organizations or foundations.
  4. Completed applications and essays should be emailed to The Ruth Lorraine White Memorial Scholarship at –  (If the email link does not work, please copy and paste into your browser)
  5. All applications and essays must be emailed by Friday, August 15, 2019.

AWARDS: The scholarship committee will select the scholarship recipient(s).  The scholarship recipients will be announced and a symbolic presentation of the award will be presented to the recipient(s) at the 10:00 AM worship service on Sunday, September 8, 2019.


Ruth Lorraine White Scholarship Application (pdf)