And now some of those friends are coming together to help others in Ward’s memory.
The Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad, for which she volunteered for nearly a quarter of a century, has chosen to honor her memory by establishing a scholarship in her name. Co-workers at the sheriff’s office, where Ward worked as a dispatcher, contributed to the scholarship this year rather than exchanging Christmas gifts with each other.
The Judy Ward Scholarship will be awarded annually beginning this year to a graduating Mathews High School senior who has demonstrated proficiency in or a love for music and who plans to pursue at least a minor in music at the college level. The minimum award will be $1,000, said Lindy Hatch, Ward’s long-time friend, fellow volunteer and co-worker.
The public is invited to contribute to the fund by making a check payable to the MVRS Judy Ward Scholarship Fund and mailing it
c/o Chesapeake Bank, P.O. Box 1078, Mathews, Va. 23109.