Jake and Alfreda Wallen Knight wanted to establish a scholarship fund in honor of Alfreda's great grandparents L. B. and Dora Gregory Wallen. The Wallens were the first family to move to the location of the new school in Johnson County. L. B. signed the note to purchase the 800 acres for the school and drilled the first water well on the property.
Alfreda started school as a first grader in the "Old Normal Building" on the college campus and continued through junior college, graduating in 1956. Jake attended all four years of academy and one year of college at Southwestern Junior College. Both then attended and graduated from Union College and were married in 1958. Their daughter Barbara graduated from Southwestern Adventist College in 1983 and son Rowland from Southern Adventist College the same year.
This scholarship benefits worthy Ministerial, Educational or Business students who need financial assistance.
In the picture above seated left to right are: Karl Kreiter, Lula Wallen Kreiter, L.B. Wallen, Wilford Wallen (the first baby boy in Keene), Dora Gregory Wallen, CossieWoodall. Standing: Will Smith, Linnie Wallen Smith, Edward Wallen, Dosia Baylis Wallen, Ben Smith, Eva Wallen Smith, Jim Woodall and Nettie Wallen Woodall.