Mr. & Mrs. L. Dexter Woodman Scholarship
P.O. Box 81, 127R Main Street
Essex, MA 01929
800-649-1773    978-768-2559    Fax: 978-768-7198
Tax exempt#: 222-925975

Dexter & Gini Woodman never lost touch with their community and its young people. Both were known to be kind and generous individuals. When young people came to Dexter looking for jobs, he would make sure he found one for them. Woodman’s became more like a home for many of the young men and women who worked here and have gone on to succeed in various professional careers carrying with them lessons learned from working at Woodman's and the man who gave them that first opportunity. When former employees would return to Woodman's, they would be greeted by Dexter, who truly enjoyed hearing about their accomplishments since their time working at the restaurant.  He loved nothing more than when they shared their memories of their working days at Woodman’s. Dexter Woodman passed away in 1987 and since then, scholarships to assist young people to attend college are awarded to honor his legacy and memory. After Gini Woodman passed away in 2011, it seemed only fitting to include her name to celebrate their devotion to each other, their community and helping young people succeed. In 2013, we celebrated 25 years of giving with the awarding of the newly named Mr. & Mrs. L. Dexter Woodman Scholarship Fund.

Students currently attending Manchester Essex Regional High School are eligible to apply for the Mr. & Mrs. L. Dexter Woodman Scholarship, applications are available at the school. In addition, students may apply through the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Essex Lions Club and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. Contact those organizations directly for applications. 

Since inception, $736,500 in scholarships has been awarded to 147 local students through the following organizations: 
  • Manchester Essex Regional high school seniors 
  • Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
  • Essex Lions Club
  • Massachusetts Restaurant Association 
  • Campbell High School, Litchfield, NH
  • Woodman’s of Essex Employee College Students
  • Supporter of 25 North Shore Chamber of Commerce Honors Scholars 
  • Sponsorship of Prep at Pingree 
  • Sponsorship of Root NS, Inc. 

Donations are accepted here or by mail to Mr. & Mrs. L. Dexter Woodman Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 81 Essex, MA 01929. We thank you in advance for your support. 

2018 Benefactors & Patrons: 
  • Merrimack Valley Distributing Co., Inc.
  • DA-LEL Corporation DBA Dunkin Donuts
  • The Village Restaurant
  • Essex Seafood
  • Shea's Riverside Restaurant & Bar
  • Windward Grille
  • CK Pearl
  • Cape Ann Pizza and Subs, Inc.
  • The Farm
  • Blue Marlin Grille
  • Boathouse Grille
  • Riversbend
  • Woodman's of Essex
  • Shaheen Foodservice
  • Chelsea Morning Produce, Inc. 
  • Topsfield Bakeshop, Inc.
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Jungle, Inc. 
  • First Ipswich Bank
  • Ipswich Bay Advisors
  • Gordon's Florist


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2019 Annual Appeal & In Memory Donors:
  • Morley L. Piper
  • Judi McComiskey
  • Back Acres Landscaping
  • Mr. & Mrs. Amory Aldrich
  • Vince & Lou Tulloch
  • The Goodwin Party Shop
  • Jolin Lobster, Inc.
  • Glover's Floor Coverings, Inc.
  • Conrad Vitale

Donations Have Been Made in Memory of: 
  • Ralph "Chick" D'Alelio
  • Faye Broderick
  • Pat Carter
  • Jane Smick
  • Ray Hawley
  • Chris Davis
  • Sharon Eisenhauer
  • John Goldsberry
  • Fred Fortado
  • Ernestine Holmes
  • Lenny Landry
  • Lorraine Muise
  • 'Sam' McComiskey
  • Ken Monroe
  • Donny MacIntyre
  • Charles Foss
  • Beatrice Kijek
  • Paul Prescott