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Cloverdale Community Dollars for Scholars - Bob Rice Scholarship

Bob Rice with his baritone horn after participating in the Purdue Alumni Band at the Purdue homecoming game 2011.  Left is Sarah Lewis, a Purdue graduate who also participated in the Alumni Band.  Right is Jenna Lewis, who was a member of the Purdue All American Marching Band.  Sarah and Jenna are the daughters of Todd and Katrina Lewis of Cloverdale, Ind. 

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Purpose of Fund
The primary purpose of this Fund shall be to provide financial support to Cloverdale Community Dollars for Scholars.

History of Fund

"I have called a farm, about 4 ½ miles east of Cloverdale, home all my life.  I was born on January 21, 1937, to Verlie and Dorothy Cooper Rice.  My father was a WWI veteran and a farmer.  He raised corn, wheat, hay, cattle, hogs and sheep.  In the winter we would butcher hogs and cattle for meat for us to eat.  We had milk cows which provided us with milk and butter.  My mother raised chickens.  They provided eggs and meat for us.  We had a big garden to provide us with vegetables.  We had apple, cherry, peach, and plum trees and a raspberry and strawberry patch.

I consider growing up on the farm a great experience.  I had my own garden and was interested in photography, forestry, weather, astronomy, science, radio and electronics.  I was involved with 4-H for many years.  I was interested in marching band and played in the school band starting when I was in grade school.I graduated from Cloverdale High School in 1955.  I consider myself very fortunate to have had good teachers in school and good parents.  They instilled values in me which I have used all my life.I enrolled in Purdue University in the fall of 1955 to study electrical engineering.  While at Purdue I played in the All-American Band for 4 years.I graduated from Purdue in January, 1960, with a B. S. degree in electrical engineering.  I enlisted in the Air Force and went through their Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas, and received my commission as a 2nd lieutenant.  I was assigned to the Ground Electronics Officer School at Kessler Air Force Base at Biloxi, Mississippi.  After completing the school I was assigned as an instructor in the school.  In May, 1963, I was assigned to Tachikawa Air Base in Japan.  I was a radar maintenance officer in a unit that serviced radar installations throughout SE Asia.  During my tour of duty I got to travel to many countries in SE Asia.I left the Air Force in the fall of 1964 and began work as an electrical engineer at the Naval Avionics Facility in Indianapolis.  I had worked there during the summer while attending Purdue.After about 5 years working there, I decided I would like to become a school teacher.  I took classes to qualify me to teach math and physics in high school.

About that time in 1972 my brother, Richard Rice, who had been farming the family farm, went into the Indiana State Police, so I decided to take over the farm work instead of teaching school.  I raised corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, and Black Angus cattle.  As I got older I began to phase out farm work.   I rented out my crop acres in 1996." ~Bob Rice

With a gift of grain, Bob started this fund to provide scholarships for Cloverdale, South Putnam and Eminence High School students to help them further their educational pursuits.


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