The Moravia Education Foundation has received a generous donation of $10,000 from the estate of 1936 MHS graduate Alvin Donahoo. It is the hope of his family that these funds will be used to provide $1,000 scholarships to local graduates who intend to pursue owning or operating a greenhouse, innovative farming operation, or other vocation which will help to use new techniques to increase food production and sustainability, not only for America, but also for third world countries where improved agricultural methods can make a huge difference.
After earning his Ph.D., Donahoo worked for the Minneapolis Grain Exchange for thirty years, eventually serving as Executive Vice President before retiring in 1984. He was also an advisor for the United Nations and as such, he traveled extensively all over the world evaluating and advising ag programs in the countries he visited. This humble Iowa farm boy made his mark in the field of Agriculture on a global scale. But he never lost his love of or his desire to support his hometown high school, where he was set on the path of ag science by then Ag instructor Clifford Hardy.
One of Donahoo’s core beliefs, according to his daughter, Dianne Keller, was that a college education is not for everyone, nor is it essential to a successful career. He was a strong proponent of technical education and encouraged young people to consider trade schools, especially in ag-related professions. Before his death in January of this year, he provided funds every year for a vo-ag scholarship for a Moravia graduate who sought to enter an agricultural field of study.
Dianne and her brother, David Donahoo, feel it is important for others to realize that there are funds available locally to help students study technical vocations and that anyone can donate any amount, large or small, to the Moravia Foundation’s general scholarship fund or to the Donahoo bequest. Every donation toward scholarships is an investment in the future, and especially in the pursuit of better ag practices and new methods of growing crops.
Eighty-five years ago, Alvin Donahoo left MHS, determined to make agriculture his life. He is still making a strong and positive influence on his alma mater by helping to encourage the next generation of leaders to help make a brighter future for this world through agriculture.