2018 Delbert and Edythe Barnes Memorial Scholarship




In 2018, The Delbert and Edythe Barnes Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at the Keokuk Area Community Foundation for any Lee County, Iowa high-school graduating seniors that have an interest in pursuing a career in Construction or Industrial Management. To be eligible for The Delbert and Edythe Barnes Memorial Scholarship, students must enroll at Southeastern Community College and pursue a Construction and Manufacturing degree. The 2018 Delbert and Edythe Barnes Memorial Scholarship recipient is Central Lee Highschool senior, Reece Mayes.

Throughout his high school career, Reece has been an active participant in FFA and many different sports. Sports and FFA have taught me the value of working hard, determination, teamwork, perseverance and self-motivation. When you are part of a team you must work together, compromise at times and sometimes put your own goals second for the sake of your team. You learn that the team is much stronger than just one person and everyone can contribute to make the team better. Many times, on a team you lose more than you win. This has taught me to motivate myself to be better, to work harder and to accept that you can’t always win but you can always learn something new that you didn’t know before.” 

During FFA, Reece was given the opportunity to build a new shop at the school during where he developed construction and electrical skills, which sparked an interest to become a future electrical engineer. Interested in learning more about the electrical profession, Reece enrolled in duel credit classes at Southeastern Community College, where he learned AC/DC Fundamentals, Blueprint Reading, Valves and Introduction to Psychology. Reece hopes to remain in Lee County after he completes his education at Southeastern Community College. He believes his future as an electrical engineer will give him a rewarding lifelong career, where he can give back to his hometown of Montrose, Iowa and his family for many years.

The Delbert and Edythe Barnes Memorial Scholarship is for $1,000.00 or more per year. The Delbert and Edythe Barnes Memorial Scholarship Application will open again in 2019. For more information visit: keokukfoundation.org/scholarships.