The Everett Family Agricultural Scholarship, created in memory of Robert and Gertrude Everett and their son, John, at Elgin High School become the Everett Family Scholarship Fund at Marion Community Foundation in 2008. Created from family trusts, the fund was established by daughters Nancy Everett Hafer and Beverly Everett Roby.
Robert was a third-generation family farmer in the Elgin district whose grandparents, looking for a better life, emigrated from England in 1884. He served on the New Bloomington and Elgin Boards of Education from 1958-1972 and was the first board president of the newly consolidated Elgin Local Schools district. His passions were farming, raising award-winning purebred hogs, and mentoring youth interested in agriculture. He was also well known throughout the area for his beautiful tenor voice.
John was an Elgin graduate and a local vocational agricultural teacher who was recognized and honored throughout the state and nationally for his achievements in FFA education and service. He served his community through FFA, 4-H, Marion County Fair, and the Marion County Board of Education.