Ric MacDowell was serving as a county extension agent for West Virginia University when he received the Wall Service Award in the amount of $21,600. "I'm a youth development agent," Ric told Grinnell Magazine, "which means I work on a county level with young people and families. My major emphasis is on working with kids who are at risk."
MacDowell '68 used his award to develop a program to bring together at-risk children, parents, supporting adults, and teachers. The project goal was to support parents, helping them develop new skills and stressing their own abilities and knowledge.