The Jean Dow Foster Endowed Scholarship was established by Christopher J. Whitesell, John P. Whitesell II, Thomas C. Whitesell, James R. Whitesell, Sean D. Whitesell, and Patrick W. Whitesell, the six sons of John and Patricia Whitesell, together with their parents, John and Patricia, who felt as did Jean that they were in a very special way “family.” Jean was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1918 and died on May 29, 2000. Her ancestors were part of the pioneer families of Iowa Falls. She was a member of the Mayflower Magna Carta; the Abigail Adams Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; the Daughters of the American Colonists; the Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Order of the Garter Plantagents. Jean was a long-time member of the American Legion Auxiliary and for many years. She was in charge of various Memorial Day activities in Iowa Falls. At the age of 51, Jean enrolled at Ellsworth and received her associate of arts degree on June 5, 1971. The purpose of the Jean Dow Foster Endowed Scholarship is to provide a scholarship for an older student to pursue his or her education, with preference to be given to an older woman who desires to enrich her life.