"I came to Keene in 1917 as a farm kid from Enid, Oklahoma, without any vision or idea for my future," said George Mathews, "but I found something bright and beautiful at Keene." George said the Lord gave him a vision for his future through his teachers and classes at Southwestern Junior College, and particularly during weeks of prayer.
After graduation in 1924, George went to Ketchum, Oklahoma, to teach. That summer he worked at the Book and Bible House during camp meeting. There he met a young lady, a fellow worker. During meetings the store would close, so both would go to the big tent and listen to the meeting. During those meetings they also developed an interest in each other. In May of 1925, George and Guida Jo were married.
George continued his education at Union College, and then he went on to earn his master's degree in school administration from the University of Denver. He taught at Campion Academy, then he served as Superintendent of Education in the Carolina and Michigan Conferences and the Lake and Columbia Unions. He also spent three years at Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University) as Chairman of the Department of Education. From there George served 20 years in the General Conference as Associate Secretary in the Department of Education. He retired in 1966 and spent the last 20 years of his life in Yountville, California. He died in 1987.
George Mathews worked his way through school, which wasn't easy. "I had no one to turn to when I was a kid, so I'm glad I can help someone who needs it," he said. "This scholarship is for someone who needs it and will profit by it. But," he said, "it is most important that the work of God will profit by this scholarship through the student who receives it."
Scholarship award requirements
This scholarship is awarded to students with financial need who will further the Lord's work.
2020-2021-Noeicy Arrebato, Katerin Rodriguez, Aletia Thornton, Jennifer Landis
2019-2020 -Abbigail Banks, Linda Prater, Stephnie Weidman, Lizet Chavez
2018-2019 -Savannah Morales, Leanne Gomez, Zoya Walker, Stephanie Widman
2017-2018 -Richard Stowell, Ivy Causey
2016-2017 -Hanna Kim
2015-2016 - Kara Banks , Dorriane Chou , Arsibe Jacquez
2014-2015 - Kara Banks , Perla Castilla
2013-2014 - Kara Banks , Perla Castilla , Ella Nguyen
2012-2013 - Stephanie Starli , Swan Tigra , Kenesma Vanterpool
2011-2012 - Aaron Brower , Caroline Shockey , Micah Smith
2010-2011 - Jessica Ables , Mary Bustillos , Anthony Vargas
2009-2010 - Ana Chong , Kirsten Machado , Alyson O'Connor
2008-2009 - Melanie Beavers , Roxana Gavidia , Victoria Herrera
2007-2008 - Abigail Nugent , Valerie Ray
2006-2007 - Matthew Hargett , Whitney Mack , Sandra Unsworth
2005-2006 - Charlene Cabrales , Rayna Davis , Lawrence Lambott