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Above: Jane and John Stout, who lived in Chatham, Illinois, for many years, dressed for the Chatham Sesquicentennial celebration in 1986.

Melissa Stout Established the Jane and John Stout

The new Jane and John Stout Educational Scholarship, established in her parents’ memory by Melissa Stout, is for graduates of Chatham’s Glenwood High School majoring in history, teaching or agriculture at UIS.72 Jane Stout

According to Melissa, “My parents were giving, serving people. We felt that enabling and motivating students to pursue the same passions in the same community that Jane and John both called home would be a great way to honor their lives in a way that serves others.”

As a member of the first graduating class from Sangamon State (now UIS), Jane Stout (right) earned an MA in Psychology (1972) and another in History (1988).  She taught in the Ball-Chatham School District for over 25 years. An expert in local history, several of her published works are available in the Chatham Area Public Library, including Chatham, Prairie Village: 1836-1986 (pdf). She often had her students research and write about local history.

John Stout (right) gradu72 John Stoutated from the University of Illinois in Urbana. A World War II veteran, he farmed the family land near Chatham for over 50 years. Because of this, even though UIS does not currently have an agriculture major, the family included agriculture as a possible major for their scholarship recipient.

Like their father, daughters Melissa Stout, Jan Stout Day and Phyllis Stout graduated from U of I in Urbana. The eldest daughter, Joan Stout Johnson-Blackwell, graduated from Western Illinois University.  Many of the Stout grandchildren have gone on to pursue undergraduate and professional degrees as well.  We are so glad Melissa has chosen to create this scholarship at UIS.

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