Foundation Receives ACT Grant

The Marion School Foundation received a $1,000 grant from ACT. Headquartered in Iowa City, ACT is the leading college admissions testing company in the U.S. The Foundation will use the funds to support District projects in the next round of Marion Fund classroom grants. The ACT Corporate Giving Committee is made up of employees and facilitates gifts that extend the company’s mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success.


Scholarship Established in Memory of Rebecca Paulson

Rebecca taught at Starry Elementary for many years and her passion was helping her students achieve their goals. Ann Wicke taught Rebecca’s daughter, Katie, and remembers, “Rebecca was such a light in my life that year. She was one of those people you could instantly connect with.” Rebecca had a positive influence on her students, their parents, and her peers in education through kindness, commitment and a desire to always improve. To honor her memory, an annual scholarship has been established by Rebecca’s husband, Doug, and their family that will support an MHS graduating senior pursuing a degree in education. If you or your company is interested in contributing to the Rebecca Paulson Memorial Scholarship, donations can be sent directly to the Marion School Foundation. For questions or inquiries, contact Erin Steffen at 319-377-4691 x1106 or esteffen@marion-isd.orgPhoto: Doug, Rebecca, Seth and Kathryn Paulson


Marion Alumni Artifacts Exhibited to Honor Veterans

The Foundation was proud to loan artifacts to the Marion Heritage Center for their new exhibition Marion’s Veterans: Korea & Vietnam Wars. The exhibit tells the story of both wars focusing on the local service men and women and tells their stories through artifacts, photographs, video footage and audio recordings. Marion graduates featured in the loaned materials include Mary Lou Pazour ’55, Kenneth “Kenn” Churchill ’66, Richard Fontaine ’47, Thomas Spratt ’60, and John Robert Clark ’47. The exhibition runs through April 30, 2017.


Over $33,000 in Scholarships Available to MHS Seniors

Thanks to the generosity of many Marion supporters, the Foundation has over $33,000 available for MHS Class of 2017 students planning to attend college next fall. Applications are available in the high school guidance office, or on the MISD website. In 2016, the Foundation awarded nearly $30,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors.


trojan-lodge-cotyTrojan Lodge Honored as Citizen of the Year

In October, Trojan Lodge No. 548 was presented with the Marion Chamber of Commerce 2017 Citizen of the Year Award. The Lodge has long supported the Marion community, but their largest financial contribution came this year when they gifted $195,000 to both the Marion Independent School Foundation and Linn-Mar Foundation. MISD Superintendent Chris Dyer shared, “The Trojan Lodge’s generosity and contribution to the MISD Foundation reflects the proactive and positive spirit of the Marion community. The Lodge’s support provides future resources that allow our educational foundation to create and to fund grant programs for MISD teachers, and scholarships for students.” Lodge members present to accept the award included (l to r) Bob Murray (MHS 1955), Bob Bunting (MHS 1956), Jim Henderson and Larry Twachtmann (former Marion High School Principal.)


thefreezenewsFreeze Fundraiser a Big Hit in the Marion Community

Tim and Jonnie Quigley are not Marion alum, but they are invested in the Marion community. The Quigleys knew they wanted to give back after their first season as owners of The Freeze was a success. The idea to sell $1 ice cream cones with donations benefiting the Marion Independent School Foundation came from MISD student Amy Noble. She and many of her coworkers attend or have graduated from Marion High School. On October 21-23, The Freeze sold 1064 ice cream cones with a total of $1618.79 donated to the Foundation. The money raised will go towards the next round of Marion Fund Grants, awarding teachers funding for classroom technology, supplies and other special projects to enhance education in the Marion Independent School District. See more photos here.

The Freeze employees: Amy Noble, Chloe Jenatscheck, Emma Westfall, Kaylie Johnson, Kelsey McKern, Lawryn Fraley, London Wagner, Maddie Knapp, Marika Bjornsen, Skylar Dede, Tione White


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Amazon donates 0.5% of your AmazonSmile purchase to the Foundation. Make $100 purchase? Five dollars goes back to the Foundation! It’s that easy. If you already have an Amazon account, all you need to do is login at instead of when you shop. The same products are available at the same prices and the checkout is the same, it’s just a matter of going through the AmazonSmile website and choosing Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association as your charity!


Wall-PhotoFoundation Supporters Honored with New Brick Engravings

If you visit the Marion Independent School District Administrative Offices you may notice a change in the Wall of Support. Ten new bricks were engraved in August honoring donors and long-time supporters of the Foundation. To learn more about the Wall of Support and see a full list of those added this year visit


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