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John Mansfield
Memorial Scholarship

John Mansfield was a beloved community member, talented artist, vibrant soul, and a close friend and mentor to many of us at True North. 

 John truly exemplified and believed in the power of mentoring young people. With the blessing of John’s sister Judy and his family, we are honoring him with a scholarship award. Judy wanted to say how much this would mean to her brother who LOVED working with kids, he had none of his own. The whole family is grateful for this honor. 

John Mansfield helped launch True North in 2014. His support never wavered. John’s mix of wisdom and humor always combined perfectly to help pave a path forward no matter the challenge. Similarly, his art spanned the humorous and the practical. John famously for created the 'down tie,' an artistic spin on formal wear for men who lived in cold climates.
Among his many civic accomplishments, he created the Quest Scholarship and the Tom Hale Memorial Scholarship. Despite the hard work of such civic generosity, John kept a balance, telling stories of springtime wildflower hikes in California, river adventures, pickle ball, and ukulele jam sessions. He would even come along with his camper and help with True North summer camps on the mesas.
We are honored to have gotten the chance before he passed to tell John about our plan to dedicate a scholarship in his name. We are hopeful this scholarship will continue to foster compassion and support in his name.
We will miss him greatly.



General Scholarship Information: 

This scholarship is available to high school and home-schooled seniors graduating from the Norwood school district who have been accepted for fall 2023 enrollment in an accredited college, university, trades, culinary, or career & technical school. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is 5pm on April 26th, 2023.


The amount to be awarded is a total of $15,000 to be disbursed among the recipients over the length of the program as long as the recipient maintains an average GPA of 3.0. 


Consideration for this scholarship will be prioritized on demonstrated compassion, financial need, mentorship/leadership, community involvement, and a GPA of 2.50 or higher.


John with Gehring Scholar Sammi Reed, True North co-founder and Executive Director Vivian Russell, and John's longterm friend, Charlie Bausch. John was awarding one of the scholarships that he helped launch. He would always wear Hawaiian shirts to graduations and tell stories of growing up on a military base in Hawaii and going to school barefoot.
To donate to John's Scholarship, click here to donate via credit card. Add John's name to the "notes" section on PayPal.
 You can also mail a check to True North. Please add John's name to the memo. Please email with questions or to confirm donation receipt. THANK YOU!
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