FREDERICKTOWN — After her husband, Jim, died in April at the age of 67, Kathryn Daniels decided to carry on his legacy by creating a 4-H Camp scholarship fund, and asked friends and family to donate toy tractors to a worthy cause.
Daniels told the News that in 2016, her husband was diagnosed with cancer. Despite being given only a few weeks to live, Jim lived another year and a half before passing on April 23. In that time, Daniels said Jim had a lot of time to think and he said he would like a scholarship set up for 4-H camp. Some of his favorite memories were from 4-H camp, Daniels explained, so he wanted to help other children go and experience the wonderful things he did at Camp Ohio.
The Jim Daniels Family 4-H Scholarship has raised over $6,600 so far. That money has been set up in a community trust that will accrue interest and continue to grow with donations from Daniels’ family and others who wish to donate to it. This year, the scholarship helped seven children go to 4-H camp, which starts today.
Larry Hall, OSU Extension Educator of 4-H Youth Development, told the News that this fund means a lot to them because it will enable them to assist more children who want to go to camp. Hall explained that Kathryn is his first cousin, so he was very close with her and Jim. This scholarship was something Jim had called Hall to set up before his passing because he was passionate about 4-H and enabling kids to get to experience camp.