Walter and Virginia Worland were lifelong residents of Greenfield. Virginia worked at the Indiana Gas Company for fifty years. Walter worked in the local newspaper industry before he retired and was an active member in many civic organizations. He was always interested in the present and future of Hancock County, serving on the Greenfield City Council and planning commission for many years.
Mr. and Mrs. Worland spent their lives working hard and giving back to Hancock County. They long talked about using their resources to help children of their community reach future goals. After Virginia’s death in 2003, Walter established a scholarship fund, through the Hancock County Community Foundation, which is awarded each year to one student from each of the four Hancock County high schools. Mr. Worland has also established a memorial scholarship fund in the names of Tolbert and Dorothy Ward.
Also lifelong residents of Greenfield, the Wards were good friends and worked on many community projects with the Worland’s over the years. Tolbert and Dorothy Ward graduated from Greenfield High School in the mid-1920’s. They were married here and each worked at several local businesses throughout the years. Dorothy was a teller at Greenfield Banking Company for 22 years before working as a bookkeeper for the Greenfield School system. Tolbert, a World War II Veteran, worked at Pickett Hardware store prior to becoming a salesman for Edward K. Tryon Company. They were very active in their church and various other organizations.
The Wards cared about our community and the future of our children, and they shared these thoughts often with their good friends, Walter and Virginia Worland. It is fitting then, based on their personal relationship, that the Worland’s established a scholarship in their names well.
Applicants for the Walter P. and Virginia Worland Scholarship must be graduating seniors of a Hancock County public high school. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.