Lois Balsley was a tiny woman (only 4′ 11″ tall) with a big heart. She had a passion for education, young people, social justice, world travel and good music. Lois was an active member of Torrance First UMC from 1951 until her death in 2001. In establishing the Lois Balsley Living Trust, Lois left all of her worldly goods to the California-Pacific United Methodist Foundation. The Foundation Board of Directors decided a portion of Lois’ legacy would be used to establish the Lois Balsley Scholarship Fund.
This scholarship is offered to students within the California-Pacific Annual Conference, with preference given to a student from Torrance First United Methodist Church. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior enrolling in a two- or four-year college with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA), community and/or school involvement, and active service/membership in a local United Methodist Church. Application forms can be obtained from the church office; for more information, contact the church office.