James D. Owen Jr. Scholarship

Jim Owen photo

Jim Owen grew up in Camanche, Iowa, in the 1940’s and 50’s. Graduating from Clinton High School in 1955, he then joined the United States Air Force for five years. He served in the Middle East and California during those years.

Jim married Wilma Behr of DeWitt in 1957. They had two boys, Jim in 1959 and Mike in 1964. Both of Jim’s sons and his wife graduated from Central DeWitt High School.

A position at Iowa Mutual Insurance Company in 1966 was the beginning of his tenure in DeWitt. Jim worked his way up the ladder finally attaining the Presidency and CEO position in 1996. Volunteering and enjoying sports has always been a part of Jim’s life. He volunteers for many organization but spent many years with LincolnWay Community Foundation while enjoying golf as much as possible.

Jim learned early that in life “you learn, you earn and then you return “to the community. Thus, Jim has set up many endowments that continue to give back to his community

Realizing the importance of future education, Jim and his family set up this scholarship. Jim gains much satisfaction in assisting students in building their future.

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The Kilburg Family Scholarship

The Kilburg Family Scholarship

Three generations of the Kilburg Family have called DeWitt home. The Kilburg Family Scholarship honors the memory of family members who were lost too soon and the Family’s continued commitment to the DeWitt community.

Darwin and Judy moved to DeWitt in 1971 where they built a business (D&D Chevrolet) while raising three daughters. Kris (Lindsly), Kathy and Tammy were all graduates of Central DeWitt High School.

An automobile accident shortly after high school graduation took the life of Tammy, a 1988 alumna. The Scholarship was originally created in her honor. Her mother, Judy, unexpectedly passed away from a brain aneurysm in 1996 and the Scholarship also recognizes her.

All along the Kilburg Family were supporters of the local community, St. Joseph’s School and Church, and the Central Community Schools. A new generation of Kilburg’s began to call DeWitt home when Kris Kilburg Lindsly returned to raise her family. Each generation has valued the education they have received from DeWitt’s schools as well as the support and friendships found in the local community.

Judy and Tammy’s legacies, and the Family’s affection for the DeWitt community, live on through this scholarship. The Kilburg Family Scholarship assists any student of Central DeWitt High School to defray the expense of continuing their education past high school.

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Iowanna Juniors Scholarship

On May 11, 1981, during the course of the evening’s business meeting and 4-H presentations, an explosion occurred in the house that held 27 people (4-H members, their parents, siblings and leaders) and severely injured many of them.  It was a miracle that no one lost his or her life that night.

In the face of this tragedy, we saw our local community come together like never before.  The victims became known as the “Burn Victims” and a fund was established to help those burned with the mounting expenses which had been kept in a trust fund through First Central State Bank.  The youngest “burn victim” was just 18 months old at the time.  When she became an adult there was no longer a need for these funds to be held.

In 1994 the “burn victims” decided to give back to the community that so richly blessed them during this tragedy.  An annual $500 scholarship will be given to a graduating high school senior in Clinton County who has been a 4-H member for at least four years, exemplifies the leadership skills gained through 4-H and shows a strong commitment to service within their community.

Applications are due April 1st of each year and can be found on the Clinton County Extension website and at: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/clinton/content/clinton-county-4-h-recognition


Scholarship Amount: $500

Lillian Fell Scholarship

Lillian Marie Hall was born on October 12, 1905, marrying Leslie “Kelly” Fell in February 1927. Lillian worked as a bookkeeper at Peters Motor Company in DeWitt. Volunteering was always part of Lillian’s life. She volunteered for bloodmobiles, Pierian Club, and served Noon Lion Luncheons for the many years. As a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Lillian gave her time and her money to support the church.

Lillian Fell was philanthropic, telling a banker in DeWitt ” If you don’t have a foundation in DeWitt, then start one!” The bank did start a foundation with money from Lillian Fell. Thus, the DeWitt Area Community Foundation began in 1987 and has continued to fund many projects for the community.

The Lillian Fell Scholarship will be chosen from applications from all other scholarships.

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Scholarship Amount: $700
Scholarships Given: 2