Thelma and Martin Anderson Endowed Scholarship
Wishing to follow in the footsteps of an aunt whom she idolized, Thelma Evans had wanted to teach school since she was a young girl. She graduated from Bedford High School in 1919 and came to Franklin College.After graduating, she returned to her hometown and realized her dream. She taught business courses, including bookkeeping, typing and shorthand, in the Lawrence County schools for 32 years. During a choir rehearsal at the First Baptist Church in Bedford, she met her husband, Martin Anderson, a plumber and businessman. The two were married in June of 1924. In 1981, they established the Thelma and Martin Anderson Endowed Scholarship at Franklin College, recognizing Mrs. Martin's lifetime goal of educating young people.
Recipients must be full-time students at Franklin College and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Preference will be given to members of the First Baptist Church in Bedford, or to Baptist students from Lawrence County. The financial aid office selects recipients.