Howard, Art and Jeanne 4-H Scholarship Fund
For any high school senior residing in Noble County who has excelled in 4-H and excelled academically and who will pursue any sort of post-secondary education, full-time or part-time. A one-time payment of $500. FOR TUITION ONLY. Students also need to complete the 4-H record of achievement in this application. (DA-2). Essay question required on application: “What has participation in 4-H meant to you and how has it affected decisions and goals for your future?”
Donor Fund Story:
Art was born and raised on a dairy farm in Dundee, Illinois. His father was a well-known herder of Holstein cattle. Jeanne was raised on a farm near Burket and Claypool, Indiana. Art graduated from Dundee Community High School and Jeanne graduated from Burket High School. Art and Jeanne were introduced by friends and were married in Claypool in 1951. The Howard’s have two daughters – Anena Rolofson and Diane Stebbe, and have four beautiful grandchildren – Lee Rolofson, Blake, Claire, and Brynn Stebbe.
Art’s dairy background led him to work in that area. After serving his country in WWII and graduating from the University of Illinois he accepted a job as Dairy Specialist in Elkhart County, Indiana at Goshen. After high school Jeanne held several jobs before becoming Assistant Cashier at the Claypool Bank. Jeanne also worked for the Plan Commission and the Board of Commissioners.
Jeanne has been active in various church programs and the Home Economics Club. Art was a member of Rotary for 43 years. He was also active in school related activities like the PTA and Music Boosters. Jeanne shared that both she and Art wanted to raise a family to be proud of and be productive in the community. When asked what they appreciated about Noble County, the Howard’s stated, “the wonderful people in Noble County.” During her spare time Jeanne loves traveling, reading, and outdoor activities. Art spent his free time as a member of music groups including Hoosier Chorale. The Howard’s are retired now and living in Auburn enjoying their grandchildren. Art passed away on June 1, 2014.
The Howard’s started the 4-H Scholarship fund at the Noble County Community Foundation to provide a way for 4-H members to advance their education and recognize their accomplishments. Volunteering (such as a 4-H leader) and giving some encouragement to young people is very important to the Howard’s. Jeanne states, “4-H is a great way for young people to develop leadership and responsibility. I enjoyed working with the dairy people and the leaders of Noble County.”