Ben & Judy Bower 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, he 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 and quietly celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2020. Among their hobbies are woodworking, photography, singing, reading, sewing and travel.

This scholarship is $1,000 awarded to a student attending IHCC, Kirkwood or Southeastern Community College studying Machine Shop/Metal Working, Welding or CAD.