Joe R. and Tarver Smith Endowment Fund for Work Scholarships

Type: Endowed

Donors:
Estate of Fred W. Haper
Faculty
Alumni and friends

Established: 1986

In JBU’s early years, every student worked to help to pay for the costs of attending JBU.  They worked in various capacities, some making dresses, others furniture and baked goods. Today, JBU employs more than 450 students each year.  Most work 8 hours per week.

Joe R. Smith, a 1927 JBU graduate, is the personification of the JBU spirit.  As director of the work program later, he carefully upheld the work ethic, supervised and guided the many students who were employed.   He faithfully encouraged students working around him, and he effectively labored to serve God and man.  Joe’s wife, Tarver, also a JBU graduate, served as the JBU Alumni Secretary for 25 years.  Their dedication to the school was a team effort.

John Brown University friends, faculty and alumni recognized Smith’s efforts by naming an Endowment Fund for Student Service in his honor.  Earnings from this fund are used to finance the continuance of the work/service program for students with limited financial resources.  The donors’ wishes are that students receiving these scholarships understand the sacrifices made to give them financial assistance.