A scholarship in the memory of John M. DeVore has been established at Cowley by the estate of the late Jasper and Beatrice DeVore. John Martin DeVore was born in December 1954 in Arkansas City, the second of five children born to Jasper and Beatrice DeVore.
He attended Arkansas City schools through high school, before graduating from Cowley in the 1970s with a degree in agri-business. John died in December 1979 in a farming accident. He left behind his wife, Marjorie, and two children, Jennifer and John.
It is a natural extension of a 60-year relationship between Cowley and the DeVore family to help Cowley County Community College extend these kinds of enriching opportunities to others through a scholarship contribution. The DeVore family has been involved with Cowley through supporting the arts programs, donating pasture rocks for landscaping, serving on several executive committees, and as students.
John’s father, Jasper DeVore, graduated from then-Arkansas City Junior College in 1942 when the college was still located in the basement of the former Arkansas City High School. John’s mother, Beatrice, took various classes from 1976 through 2001. His sisters, several cousins, nieces, and nephews have attended Cowley through the years. Most recently, John’s son, John (DeVore) Miller, attended Cowley in the welding technology program.
This scholarship is intended to reward students with a similar desire to John’s in obtaining their education. It is the family’s hope to continue the DeVore family tradition by establishing this scholarship in John’s name in honor of his memory and as a tribute to the future generations of students who will pass through Cowley.