Jean Bennett Memorial Endowment Fund

 Jean Bennett Memorial Scholarship

In Memory of Jean

The Jean Bennett Memorial Endowment Fund was established to honor the life and memory of Jean Bennett. The North Scott Education Foundation will award this scholarship each year to a graduating senior from the North Scott High School.

Jean was born on December 11, 1921 in Davenport, IA. She had three children, Kent, Jennifer and Nina by her first husband, Erwin Mohr, who passed away unexpectedly. She then put herself through school to become a teacher. Her first teaching position was at Sheridan No. 9, a one room rural schoolhouse where she taught all grades. She next taught 4th and 5th grade at Ed White School in the North Scott School District for 16 years until her retirement in 1984.

In 1984, she married Maurice A. Bennett. They shared a love of ballroom dancing that took them to many competitions and together they reached the highest international acclaim for their dancing skill. Jean passed away after a short illness on February 11, 2005

Jean's Interests

Jean was active in many community activities over her lifetime and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport. She was President of the Davenport Women’s Club, and a member of NSEA, Sheridan 4-H Club, Scott Co. Farm Bureau, German American Heritage Center, Scott Co. Historic Preservation Society, Black Hawk Hiking Club, Putnam Museum, Charter member of the Golden K Club, the Society for the Preservation of Lighthouses, Preservation of Williamsburg, Friends of Galvin Fine Arts, Friendship Force, American Schleswig Holstein Heritage Society, Iowa Polka Club, and Varsity Dance Club.

In establishing Jean’s Memorial Endowment Fund, Maurice included a hope that the students who receive Jean’s scholarship make a contribution to the endowment when they are able to do so as a way to give students of the future a similar chance to reach their goal of a college education.

“When you get to the phase in your life when it’s time to return, the Community Foundation can help you return not only treasure, but also some of your time and talent to the community.”

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Did You Know?

The Community Foundation made its first grant from the Community Impact Endowment in 1967. That grant, of $2,000, was funded by an estate gift from Bea Conrad.
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