August 2, 2012

Reverend William D. Aldridge, Sr., Scholarship

The Reverend William Desmond Aldridge, the second oldest of five children, was born May 1, 1927, in Europa, Miss. The Reverend Aldridge was called to the ministry in 1944 at the age of 17. He completed three years of study at Rusk College before accepting his first pastorship in 1948. The Reverend Aldridge was named pastor of Christ Community Church on Easter Sunday in 1954, making him one of the longest-serving pastors in Saginaw County.

The Reverend Aldridge taught in the Buena Vista School District for nearly 10 years and has always placed a high priority on encouraging youth to seek academic excellence. Mary Viola “Jean” Aldridge, his wife of 50 years, was a teacher in the Buena Vista School District as well.

The Reverend Aldridge also worked at the General Motors Malleable Iron Plant and retired in 1981 after 28 years of service.


  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Applicant, parent or legal guardian must be a current member of Christ Community Church
  • High school senior
  • Pursuing undergraduate studies or Career and Technical Education (CTE) training
  • Full-time enrollment

Evaluation Criteria

  • Financial need
  • Community and/or school involvement
  • Leadership
  • Scholastic record
  • Essay
  • Recommendations

 Membership Requirements

 Refer to the online scholarship application for more information