The Legacy of Harry Schnieber
January 14, 1914 – March 29, 2010
It is with pride, admiration, respect and fond memories that the New Jersey FFA Foundation, Inc. memorializes Harry Schnieber with the Harry Schnieber Memorial Scholarship. Harry was known in many circles as a man who devoted his life to the education of students in and about agriculture.
Harry graduated from Rutgers College of Agriculture in 1936 and began teaching Biology at Pemberton High School in 1937. He taught agriculture at Lambertville High School for two years and transferred to Belvidere High School in 1939. He remained at Belvidere until retirement in 1978 after 42 years. Harry built the agriculture program at Belvidere as well as his own classroom by salvaging an old schoolhouse. In 1975, Harry helped plan and supervise the building of the current class/lab/shop facility. Enrollment increased from 19 students in 1939 to 140 by 1978. Harry taught some third-generation students and continued to have great impact on Belvidere farmers and agriculturalists over the years. He was an icon in the county and state.
Harry’s approach to teaching was practical and emphasized hands-on learning. Individuals fortunate to enroll in Harry’s classes learned that Harry’s best teaching methods were those taught by example. Harry taught the meaning of dedication, hard work, and success, as he demonstrated these characteristics in everything he did, both in the classroom as well as in his daily life. His loyalty to the agriculture industry in Warren County, as well as, in New Jersey was demonstrated numerous times by his many hours of volunteer service. As a teacher of Agricultural Education and FFA Advisor for over 40 years, Harry gained the respect of many throughout and beyond the Belvidere community. No matter where you travel throughout New Jersey, people are familiar with Belvidere, if only by their acquaintance with Harry.
Harry’s commitment to the community was demonstrated through his participation in many local, state and national committees. His involvement extended beyond the classroom. He conducted Young Farmer classes even after retirement. He served on numerous State and National FFA committees, including serving as Treasurer of the NJ FFA Foundation, Inc. for 13 years. He was an active member of the NJ Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, White Township Board of Education, and Rotary, and he served as a Scoutmaster, Master of Rocksburg Grange # 117, and Church Trustee of Belvidere Methodist Church.
Harry has received numerous awards and honors for his many accomplishments, the most recent in 2007 when he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. As an outstanding community leader, he was truly an inspiration to many.
Donations to the
Harry Schnieber Memorial Scholarship Fund
may be sent to:
New Jersey FFA Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 214
Allentown, NJ 08501
FFA Mission Statement
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
NJ FFA Foundation Vision Statement
Financially support FFA activities that prepare NJ FFA members
for leadership and careers in agriculture.