Ken Schoenwald Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Type: Endowed

Donors:
Mike King
Alumni

Established: 2008

This scholarship was created in honor and memory of Ken Schoenwald.  Ken’s untimely death occurred February 16, 2008 in a car accident which also claimed the life of his 13-year old son, Jace, and one of his daughters, 18-year old Jennalea.  Ken was a 1984 graduate of JBU with a major in both Construction Management and Engineering.  He married Janelle Ewy, another JBU student majoring in Biology in 1985. Ken played soccer while attending JBU and on October 6, 2007 played in an alumni game celebrating 30 years of soccer at JBU.   Ken, called “Shonie” by his family, grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY.  He was a gentle person who was, according to his colleagues, extremely professional as an engineer.  Ken owned his own company, Schoenwald Structural Engineering.  Much of his work focused on church designs.  According to fellow alumnus Mike King, “Ken was a very good engineer who had a real gift to make things buildable.”  Ken’s wife, Janelle, is a registered nurse at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Joseph Campus.  The couple was very active in their church in Wichita including its children’s ministry, singing and drama.  Ken also served as a deacon.  Surviving members of Ken’s family are his wife Janelle, and twin daughters, Avery and Alyssa.