Springfield Family Endowed Scholarship

Type: Endowed

Donor: Springfield family

Established: 1984

This scholarship was created in memory of Dr. Stewart Springfield Sr.  After graduating from John Brown Junior College in 1931, Stewart continued his studies at the University of Arkansas and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.  Stewart joined the JBU staff in 1933 and served in various capacities including instructor in Business Administration, Registrar, Business Manager and Vice-President.  Stewart was a very close friend and advisor to John Brown Jr.  He was also a “firm” business manager who was nicknamed “the bear.”  Dr. Springfield retired from JBU in 1975, but he remained active in the Siloam Springs community.  Some of his community roles included:  Board of Directors of Benton County Savings and Loan Association, Rotary club, Board of Trustees of the Methodist Church, and President of the Chamber of Commerce.

In 1971, Dr. Springfield was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Azusa Pacific College in Glendora, California.  He and his wife, Maurine, had three children:  Lanita Wright, M.D., Lynda Walters, and Stewart, Jr.  All three graduated from JBU.  Stewart passed away in 1984.  His life was marked by giving, faithfulness, spiritual concern for others, trust and love.

Stewart T. Springfield Jr. served as executive director of the Walton Family Foundation and as the secretary of the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. He was instrumental in assisting many JBU students through the foundation’s Walton International Scholarship Program, an initiative that annually supports 60 students from Central America. He also contributed to JBU throughout his professional career as senior vice president of First Arvest Bank in Siloam Springs, and later as executive director of the Walton Family Foundation.