Kent Davis Endowed Scholarship

Type: Endowed

Donor: Friends and family of Kent Davis

Established: 2003

Kent Davis came to know Christ at the age of 12 through his future father-in-law.  Kent first heard of John Brown University from an aunt in California who knew John E. Brown Sr.  Eager to learn, he traveled to Arkansas with no idea what to major in.  With the guidance of Charles Willis, head of the building construction department, he gained interest in this field and graduated in 1963.  Kent went on to teach high school math and science, earned his master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine, and between work, service to missions, and attending to family life, received his doctorate in civil engineering from Clemson University in 1987.

While Kent was teaching high school, he felt the Lord, with a little help from Charles Willis, calling him back to JBU to utilize his skills in teaching building construction.  He returned to JBU to teach from 1969 until 1975.  He and his wife, Beth, felt another calling--the mission field.  This interest led them to serve 2 years with Africa Inland Mission.  Then, they determined they could have an even greater impact on missions by training students.  They returned to JBU where many students became interested in missions under Kent and Beth's guidance.  Kent continued to teach building construction until his retirement in 2004.  He received the Outstanding Alumnus award in 1990.