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Greater Jefferson County Foundation Announces New Pass-Through Scholarship And Donations

The Greater Jefferson County Foundation is proud to announce a new annual pass-through scholarship and donations thanks to Ben & Judy Bower of Mt. Pleasant! The Bowers have provided funds to create a $1,000.00 annual scholarship for a graduating senior student of FHS attending a southeast Iowa community college (IHCC, Kirkwood or SECC) to study Machine Shop/Metal Working, Welding or CAD. This scholarship will be available for the 2022 scholarship season.
In addition, the Bowers have also created annual pass-through gifts of $500 each for the Vocal Department and Instrumental Music Departments at FHS, as well as an annual maintenance gift of $500.00 to Glasgow Cemetery. Disbursement for these gifts is scheduled for October 2021. Both Ben and Judy graduated from FHS in 1964. Ben completed Vocational Machine Shop under the direction of Iliff Lue and went on to enlist in the Seabees in 1965, serving with the Mobile Construction Battalion #11 for two tours in Viet Nam.
Following his discharge as Petty Officer 2nd Class in 1969, Ben returned to the Midwest and continued his construction career as a Millwright, working and supervising in many facilities in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio. He retired as a Mechanical Project Engineer in a corn processing facility. Judy worked as a bookkeeper in the banking industry for 28 years and later in the Henry County Attorney’s office for 13 years. Ben and Judy are high school sweethearts and married in 1970. They quietly celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2020. Among their hobbies are woodworking, photography, singing, reading, sewing and travel.
Foundation President Kara Waugh said, “We are very grateful to Ben & Judy for creating a scholarship and designating funds to support FHS students and organizations within our community. Jefferson County has a rich history of philanthropic support and the Bowers’ gift is a testament to that history. We are excited to see the impact of their financial support and the legacy they are creating in their community.”
Since 1975, The Greater Jefferson County Foundation receives, accepts, and distributes funds for educational, cultural, civic, and charitable purposes for the benefit of the greater community of Jefferson County, Iowa.
For more information on how you could establish a scholarship to honor a loved one, teacher or a mentor, contact the Foundation at 641-472-0758, or [email protected]

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