Ever since Dean and Gladine Himschoot moved to Arkansas in 1966 they have contributed to the community. Now, in honor of the pleasure they get from helping others, a scholarship has been set up in their names.
The scholarship will be awarded to two Highland High School seniors each year. All six of Dean and Gladine's children graduated from Highland High School. "We wanted it (the scholarship) to go to our own," Dean and Gladine's daughter Lynn Himschoot said.
Lynn and her siblings, Johnny, Monte, Jody, Todd and Chad wanted to do something to honor their parents. Lynn said they started putting the scholarship together during the summer.
"We decided on a scholarship in their names because they like to help others," Lynn said. "This is a way for them to be honored and to help others."
Dean and Gladine have been married for 59 years. They moved from Iowa where they raised cattle and grew crops. After moving to Arkansas they continued to raise cattle. Both are members of the Cattlemen's Association and Dean has been involved in soil conservation.
The Himschoot family set up the scholarship with the idea that any student could apply. There are no stipulations on the education the applicants are seeking, and it doesn't have to be farm related. The main goal is to award students the scholarship based on their community involvment and their character.
Lynn said the money does not have to go toward tuition. "It can be used for anything in accedemic expenses."
To be eligable for the scholarship students must carry a 2.0 grade point average, be members of either the FCCLA or Future Farmers of America (FFA), submit a letter of recommendation and have documented time in community service.
No one in the Himschoot family will be eligable for the scholarship. Applications will be due by Jan. 30 each year.
The first scholarship was presented April 4 at a banquet held for the recipients and their families. Miranda Brink and Tyler Phillips were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Brink plans on attending college to become a veteranarian and Phillips will be training to become a high voltage lineman.
The scholarship was a surprise to Dean and Gladine. Lynn said they presented it to them during the banquet, not only to honor them, but to involve them.
"We were extremely pleased with the recipients this year," Lynn said. "Not only do they show great character, but their families were great as well."