Marthaville Scholarship established by Winn family


NATCHITOCHES – The families of Bonnie Sue Winn Cantrell and Judy Winn Bridges have established a scholarship at Northwestern State University to benefit a student with ties to the Marthaville area.


“Anyone who has ever met my mother, Bonnie Sue, or my Aunt Judy, knows how proud they are to be from Marthaville, as am I,” said Jill Winn Cantrell Morrison, board member for the NSU Foundation and the Demons Unlimited Foundation. Morrison is a 1993 NSU journalism graduate. “The Winn family has ties to the Marthaville area as far back as anybody can remember and their love for Northwestern State runs deep. Establishing this scholarship seemed like a perfect fit.”


“We are pleased to create this scholarship,” said Judy Bridges, “and support a young man or woman from our hometown who wants to pursue higher education.” Bridges received her BS in 1971 and MS in 1975 in Home Economics. She added a MS in Early Childhood Development in 1976, all from NSU.


The “Marthaville Scholarship by the Winn Family” is in honor of every member of their extended families who ever took classes at Northwestern State. The list, of at least 15, spans from 1933 to 2007, and includes Angie McCartney Carroll, Vories McCartney Bridges, Floye Bridges Randall, Dr. Dwight R. McCartney, Bessie McCartney Lang, Elizabeth Wingate Byles, Joe Ross Byles, Willie Lee Byles, Jr., Willa Dee Byles, Bonnie Sue Winn Cantrell, Judy Winn Bridges, Jody Winn Cantrell, Jill Winn Cantrell Morrison, R.B. Bridges II and Ella Bridges Roos.

“I have always been proud that my mother, aunts and uncle graduated from Northwestern back when it was ‘Normal College.’ Traveling from Marthaville to Natchitoches back then wasn’t always easy for college students.” said Roy Bush Bridges, whose mother, Vories, received her degree in Home Economics in 1936.

The first award of this endowed scholarship will be given in the Fall of 2019. Potential recipients must be from Marthaville or have a close relative from the area.

Anyone wishing to contribute to this Scholarship may do so by going to, and clicking “Give,” then typing “Marthaville Scholarship” in the comments box.

Members of the Winn family of Marthaville created a scholarship for Northwestern State University students with ties to their hometown. On the front row from left are Nicholas Winn Morrison, Madelyn Winn Morrison and Shepherd Caldwell Owen. On the back row are Jill Winn Cantrell Morrison, Bonnie Sue Winn Cantrell, Drake Owen, executive director of the NSU Foundation; Judy Winn Bridges and NSU Development Officer Kim Gallow.