"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” --Helen Keller

Welcome to the Claudia Foundation website!

The Claudia Foundation is a unique organization whose purpose is to promote positive change in the lives of individuals, especially women. Its mission is to educate, equip and enrich. In particular, it offers challenging opportunities and resources for individuals to explore their personal goals and educational possibilities through scholarships, academic experiences, community service, and the arts. The Foundation also strives to introduce educational, social, and cultural enrichment to the community.

Did You Know?

The Claudia Foundation...
  • Was founded in 1989 by writer and producer, Linda Bloodworth Thomason, in honor of her late mother, Claudia Bloodworth and is headquartered in the Bloodworth House, home of LBT’s paternal grandparents. The Bloodworth House is used for various social, educational and cultural events;
  • Is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships and opportunities for girls and women to explore their personal goals through educational and cultural programs. The Foundation has given 132 scholastic scholarships and also serves as a cultural haven for the community;
  • Has given 34 “Designing Women” Scholarships in excess of $1.5 million to young women attending Duke University, Vanderbilt University, Wellesley College and many other higher education institutions across the U.S.;
  • Has made it possible for 62 local young women to tour much of Europe and attend scores of Broadway shows; in return, these young women have donated over 100,000 hours of community service work;
  • Has awarded 46 Three Rivers Community College Nontraditional Student Scholarships, totaling more than $85,000;
  • Started the Charlie Classics Reading Program in 1991, which offers P.B. students the opportunity to read classic literature and receive college scholarships. Students are encouraged to read 100 teacher-approved selections and have them mentored by community volunteers to receive a scholarship (over 300 Poplar Bluffians have served as mentors);
  • Has exposed 28,000 + P.B. students to the Charlie Classics Reading Program, as well as given over 3,000 books to the P.B. school system;
  • Has awarded 52 Charlie Classics reading scholarships, which includes more than $250,000 in scholastic scholarships and incentives.

The Bloodworth House is available for rentals.
Please see the application in the Bloodworth House menu above.

For more information, e-mail dwfoundation@hotmail.com.


Designing Women
 Scholarship Applications

Keith & Betty Minton Designing Women Scholarship
Offered to a graduating high school Stoddard County female who possibly intends to study agriculture, science or education ($1,000)
Due April 1st
Download Form

Poplar Bluff High School Designing Women Scholarship
Offered to graduating PBHS female ($1,000)

Due April 1st
Download Form

TRCC Designing Women Scholarship
Offered to a female who attends TRCC ($1,000).
Due April 1st
Download Form

Brenda Barker Memorial Cosmetology Scholarship
Offered to a female to attend PBTCC or Black River Beauty Academy ($2,000)
Due June 31st
Download Form

For more information, e-mail dwfoundation@hotmail.com