Harold C. and Mildred B. Ward Endowed Engineering Scholarship

Leland and Ireane Stratton

Type: Endowed

Donor: Leland and Ireane Stratton

Established: 1988

This scholarship was created by Leland and Ireane (Brittell) Stratton in honor of their brother-in-law, Mr. Harold C.Ward, in tribute to Mr. Ward's 30 years of service at JBU.  Harold, son of Dr. and Mrs. Artemus Ward who were on the staff of JBU, was a man of many dreams.  Harold came to JBU with his wife, Mildred, in 1927.  He was the head of the electrical department and later became head of the production department.  He also served on the electrical engineering faculty and as chairman of the university industries in the late 1940’s.  During his service at JBU, the electrical department produced cotton choppers, aircraft parts, beet-choppers, and hub-cutting machines to name a few. Harold Ward was a man of many talents and abilities.  He was credited for several inventions including a grader that was developed to grade out all of the imperfect rice.  A more modern version of his rice grader is still being used all over the world today.

Mildred, Ireane's sister, taught high school math at John Brown from 1927 to 1935.  She was always a favorite with students and faculty and faculty children.  Mildred passed away in early February of 1988; Harold preceded her in death in 1984.