This endowment is created to honor John and Marty Mundt’s affiliation with the University of Idaho. And further to recognize the impact that the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education and the faculty had on their lives. The purpose of The John and Marty Mundt Agricultural Education Endowment is to provide scholarships for students pursuing a degree in Agricultural Education at the University of Idaho.
It is intended that the John and Marty Mundt Agricultural Education Scholarship be awarded annually to at least one deserving student in accordance with the award guidelines, selection criteria, and selection procedures set forth below. If the selection criteria expressed below are at any time in the University of Idaho’s sole determination unenforceable or unlawful, then the University shall make awards without regard to such criteria but otherwise in accordance with the donors’ more general purpose of providing student scholarships.
- The number of scholarships awarded each year and their amounts shall be determined by the scholarship committee of the Agricultural and Extension Education Department based upon the funds available and the number of qualified students deserving of scholarship assistance. It is intended that each scholarship be significant in amount.
- The scholarship award shall be for a one year period. The preference is for the scholarship to be given to freshman, but a recipient who continues to meet the scholarship criteria may receive the scholarship for successive years, not to exceed four years total if there is no viable freshman candidate.
- This scholarship will be available to full-time undergraduate students of any class standing who are pursuing a degree in Agricultural Education.
- Academic achievement shall be the primary basis for selection. The recipient must have achieved a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 (if an entering freshman), and must maintain a college GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered for continuation of the scholarship.
- Preference shall be given to graduates of High Schools in Joint School District # 2, Meridian Idaho, with further preference given to applicants who were participants in the Agricultural Education/FFA Program offered by Joint School District # 2.
- Secondary preference shall be given to graduates from high schools with Agricultural Education programs surrounding Meridian.
- If no students from Meridian or the Meridian area are qualified, students from any other schools in Idaho may be considered, but preference shall be given to applicants who participated in the Agricultural Education/FFA program.
- Students shall apply and be selected for the scholarship in accordance with the university's student financial aid procedures in effect at the time.
- The recipients shall be selected by a scholarship committee of the Agricultural and Extension Education Department, which shall be responsible for notifying the Director of Student Financial Aid of the names of the scholarship recipients and the scholarship amounts. The Director of Student Financial Aid shall be responsible for officially notifying the recipients, and for ensuring payment is made in accordance with established university procedure.
About John and Marty Mundt
John Mundt was raised on a diversified farm in Firth, Idaho graduating from Firth High School in 1963. His first contact with the University of Idaho was when, as a member of the FFA organization from Firth, he attended the State FFA Events on the University of Idaho campus during the summer of 1962. He enrolled in the University of Idaho in the fall of 1963, graduated with a degree in Agricultural Education and became one of the high school agricultural education teachers at Meridian High School in 1967. John subsequently earned two more degrees from the University of Idaho; a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Education, 1973, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the College of Education in 1989.
While at the University of Idaho Dr. Mundt met his wife Marty Watson and they were married in Moscow in 1966. Marty was raised in Eugene, Oregon, moved with her family to Moscow and graduated from Moscow High School in 1963. John and Marty met when they were both members of the University of Idaho Vandaleer Concert Choir. They both credit the Vandaleers as having a great impact on their lives and are forever grateful for the wonderful experience in the choir. Marty graduated with a degree in sociology in 1967 and after graduation John and Marty moved to Meridian Idaho where they have since resided. Marty earned a teaching credential and taught special education for 25 years in the Meridian School District.
Dr. Mundt taught agriculture and was an advisor to the FFA program at Meridian from 1967-1980. Marty was his partner in various FFA events and both were well known and respected educators in the Meridian School District. Over the years Marty developed a special relationship with students many of whom were students in the agriculture/FFA program. Dr. Mundt served as President of the National Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association in 1979. He considers one of his greatest achievements to have seen many of his former students go on to become teachers of agricultural education and FFA advisors.
From 1980 - 1985 Dr. Mundt was employed by the State Division for Vocational Education and served as State Supervisor of Agricultural Education and State FFA Advisor. In 1985 Dr. Mundt accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education at the University of Idaho. He worked out of the University of Idaho Boise Center with his primary responsibilities to provide graduate education, supervision of first-year agriculture teachers and supervision of student teachers in agricultural education. Dr. Mundt retired as Professor Emeritus in 2002, but continued in part time work for the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education for several years following retirement.
John and Marty are grateful for the impact the University of Idaho has had on their lives and through this scholarship they hope to help provide a meaningful educational experience for others who are following in their footsteps as students at the University of Idaho.