To celebrate Joybelle Scott’s life, the Claire and Dow Scott Giving Fund has created a scholarship for deserving Orofino High School Seniors. A university education transformed Joybelle’s life, enriching the lives of her four children and the lives of her nine grandchildren.
Joybelle grew up in poverty on a small South Dakota farm. A kind neighbor who lived on the way to school fed her and shared her books with this child. Joybelle left school in the eighth grade because of illness and to work on a sheep ranch as a cook and caregiver for the owner’s children.
At 17 she left South Dakota to work in the war industry in Portland, Oregon, and then joined the Army. Stationed in New Jersey, she volunteered at military hospital in New York City. Much to her surprise, a Sargent encouraged her to go to college so she enrolled at Rexburg Community College obtaining a teaching certificate and accepted a teaching position in the one room school in Harpster, Idaho. Marrying her husband, Lloyd, she was forced to resign with the birth of her first child.
Almost a decade later, Joybelle returned to college, graduating from the University of Idaho. Joybelle first taught in a two-room schoolhouse in Willow Ranch, California, then on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Arlee, Montana, and in Pierce, Idaho before the family settled in Orofino where she taught from 1965 to 1984 as a first and second grade teacher. Joybelle loved her students and always had money in her desk for the children who did not have lunch money. She was an advocate for children throughout her career.
It is the Scotts sincere hope that the Joybelle Scott College Scholarship fund will inspire and transform the lives of young people from Orofino, enriching their lives and the lives of people around them.