[Image: Diane ane Joe Beatty]News Release Distributed 05/15/09
Joe and Diane Beatty of Heflin, La., recently donated $25,000 to the Louisiana 4-H Foundation to create an endowed scholarship for 4-H’ers from Webster and Bienville parishes.
The donation is made in honor of Joe Beatty’s parents, Ken and Mary Beatty.
The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher who is enrolling as a full-time undergraduate student in any two- or four-year college in Louisiana and who has participated in 4-H in Webster or Bienville parish, said Eric Eskew, Louisiana 4-H Foundation executive director.
Recipients will be chosen by the 4-H Youth Development Scholarship Committee and approved by the LSU AgCenter chancellor, Eskew said.
The scholarship will be for one academic year beginning with the fall semester. Recipients will be selected annually.
The three Beatty children as well as their four grandchildren were active in 4-H, the Beattys said.
“We are big on family, and 4-H means a lot to us,” said Diane Beatty.
“I learned lifetime skills,” she added, specifically mentioned sewing. “We want to help somebody else.”
Joe Beatty said he showed cattle in 4-H.
The Beatty’s granddaughters currently show Jersey dairy animals, and the Beattys say it is a family activity.
Joe Beatty attended LSU, and his wife attended Louisiana Tech University and LSU. Diane Beatty is a dietitian, and Joe is retired as a supervisor with South Central Bell.
They have owned land in both Webster and Bienville parishes.
Eskew said scholarship applications will be accepted for the 2010 school year.
“The Beatty gift will support a 4-H’er’s ability to continue his or her education for decades to come,” Eskew said. “Mr. and Mrs. Beatty are perfect examples of how the skills and lifetime memories created by 4-H live on forever in those who were involved in the 4-H program.
“Their family should be proud of the legacy they will leave for the future leaders in Bienville and Webster parishes,” he added.
Mary Ann Van Osdell