*Applications are accepted each new year Jan – April 15 for the next award.
Edith Goodrich first came to Beaumont in the late 1920’s from Massachusetts with her family. Her dad, Edward Buckley Goodrich had a new job as an editor of the Port Arthur News. He found a nice home on Magazine Street and there he settled with his wife Katherine and their three children, Alice, Edward, and Edith.
The YWCA was only a couple of blocks from their home and Edith became an active member of the Girls Reserve Club and the Business Girls Club. She liked it so much that when her dad moved back east, Edith decided to move into the Y to live.
In 1936, Edith landed a job with the US government and moved to Washington, DC and after a long career she moved to California in the 1960’s. But she never forgot Beaumont and the YWCA. These were very happy days for her and she often told her new friends in California all about the Y and the wonderful people of Beaumont. Edith took pleasure throughout her lifetime in the hobbies she learned at the Y including landscaping, painting, and quilting.
In her retirement, Edith often visited Vista Nursing Home, helping out where she could. Here she met Dorothy Lawrence and they became best friends traveling together over the United States and Europe. They shared many interests including a love for reading and a love for animals. And in addition to YWCA Beaumont, the Vista Public Library, and Vista SPCA are beneficiaries of Edith and Dorthy’s trust.
With the generous gift of the Goodrich-Lawrence Trust, the YWCA has established a perpetual scholarship for young women who what to continue their education and to make a difference, like Edith. There are three tiers, Second Chance, Poverty to Power, and Young Achievers (for high school seniors only). Please consult the program guidelines for eligibility requirements.