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.

Since inception, $676,500 in scholarships has been awarded to 111 local students, and are currently provided annually to the following:

  • Manchester Essex Regional high school graduating high school seniors
  • Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
  • Essex Lions Club
  • Massachusetts Restaurant Association
  • Campbell High School, Litchfield, NH- (since 2010)
  • Woodman’s Restaurant - two employees
  • Supporter of 25 North Shore Chamber of Commerce Honors Scholars $2,500
  • Sponsorship of Prep at Pingree $2,500

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.


2015 Benefactors:
  • Merrimack Valley Distributing Co., Inc.
  • Seacoast Coca Cola Bottling Company
  • Reinhart Foodservice
  • Leslie Ray Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • First Ipswich Bank
2015 Patrons:
  • Jolin Lobster Company
  • Treadwell's Ice Cream
  • Chelsea Morning Produce
  • Ipswich Maritime Products
  • New England Spring Water Co., Inc.
2015 annual appeal donations from the following contributors:
  • Tracey Carlson
  • Joan & Bob Houghton
  • Sharon Eisenhauer
  • Dr. Laurel Eisenhauer
  • Carole & Al Shepard
  • Tim & Sandi Hubiak
  • Essex River Cruises & Charters
  • Joanne Doyle
  • Mary Martin Pettingell Foundation
  • Connie Brown
  • John & Sue Good





Donations have been made in memory of:
  • Mark Gagnon
  • A.J. Trustey
  • Raymond Prentiss
  • Richard Haskell
  • Mark Tessicini
  • Corrine 'Mickey' Runne
  • Dorothy Nelson
  • Virginia Bertocci
  • Jackie Fougere
  • George Holmes
  • Margaret Tarr
  • Stella Lafferty
  • Robert Houghton
  • Renato DiZio
  • George Hawley
  • Joseph Trustey
  • Anna Trustey
  • Harry Floyd