Terree Rowbottom established the Fount Rowbottom Designated Scholar Loan in 2021 in memory of her late father. One of eleven children, Mr. Rowbottom left school after graduating from the eighth grade. He worked many jobs before joining Anheuser-Busch, where he was employed in the fermenting cellars for 39 years, often working seven days a week. Terree says that, by example, her father instilled in her that “doing a job well, speaking and behaving honestly, and respecting others” would help one achieve their goals.
Mr. Rowbottom was an avid reader and lifelong learner, as is Terree. He also taught her many other practical economic skills. Known for his bar-b-que, Mr. Rowbottom volunteered his talent as a grill master for Terree’s annual elementary school picnics, and for special weekend gatherings at his men’s club, for which he also volunteered with the boys’ basketball team they sponsored, time permitting.
Terree notes that she and some of her cousins were the first generation in her family to attend college. She is pleased to extend that opportunity to other students in memory of her father by establishing the Fount Rowbottom DSL to support first generation college students. She says, “I can’t remember a time when college was not an option. My father wanted to ensure I learned the information and skills to take care of myself. Many of my cousins attended college before me. Because he believed education was important, and instilled that same belief in me, I would like to help others achieve their educational goals.”