Leo T. and Leah Jackson Wolford Endowed Scholarship
Leah Jackson Wolford was, by all accounts, an extraordinary young woman. Born in Versailles, IN, in 1892, she entered Franklin College in 1909 when she was only 17. By that time, she was already an accomplished pianist. During her freshman year, she met her future husband, Leo Wolford, and the couple both completed their Franklin College studies within three years. Mr. Wolford went on to study law at the University of Chicago, and Mrs. Wolford enrolled to earn her master's degree in English. Her thesis for that degree became a popular, well-received and for folk scholars important book titled Play-Party in Indiana. Published by the Indiana Historical Society for the state's centennial celebration, the book quickly sold out. A subsequent reprinting also sold out, and today the book is still considered a treasure by rare book collectors. Play-Party in Indiana contains instructions, music and words for dances and other games to be played at parties. Mrs. Wolford died in 1918 at the age of 25. The scholarship in her honor was created by her family.
The scholarship is awarded to full-time students in good standing. The financial aid office selects recipients.