Scholarships


Marion Foundation & Alumni Association Hall of Fame Scholarship
Requirements: Graduating MHS senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA, with demonstrated community service and extra curricular involvement. The scholarship is a one-time per person award.

Hall of Fame scholarship awardees are honored on behalf of the current Hall of Fame inductees who are recognized by the Marion Independent School Foundation. These individuals are recognized for their service and contribution to the District in the areas of volunteerism, professional or educational success, and/or outstanding support of the District and/or Foundation. The Foundation established this scholarship to recognize the achievements of its Hall of Fame honorees by providing deserving students additional resources in his/her pursuit of academic excellence in higher education. Click here to view Hall of Fame honorees.

Clayton Schnoebelen Memorial Female Student-Athlete Scholarship
Requirements: A female MHS graduating senior attending a community college or four-year institution who played soccer or basketball. She must be hard working, have perseverance, dedication, enthusiasm, leadership, integrity, exhibit high character, and academic excellence.

This scholarship was established by Mark Kramer and Diane Schnoebelen-Kramer. Clayton passed away on April 30, 2016, at the age of 89. His granddaughter, 2011 alumni Kristin Kramer, was a student-athlete at MHS who competed in basketball and soccer. One of Clayton’s greatest joys was watching his grandchildren compete in games and meets, and he missed few, if any, of their competitions.

Darrell & Dorothy (Merritt) Fisher Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduating senior attending Kirkwood Community College who has maintained a 3.0 GPA and demonstrates an excellent work ethic. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Dorothy (Merritt) Fisher graduated from Marion High School in 1959. She and her husband, Darrell (Prairie High School graduate) established this fund that honors academic achievement and hard work of MHS students.

Gerald A. Senninger/Trojan Lodge #548 Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduate or graduating senior attending a college or university.

Gerald Senninger was a former Linn County Auditor and Lodge member. Upon his death, he left a trust fund to the Lodge to provide scholarships to Marion, Iowa students. In 2016, the Lodge donated the funds to the Foundation to continue the legacy of giving started in 1971.

James & Teresa Conklin Soccer Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduate or graduating senior with preference given to applicants with at least one varsity letter in soccer and one 1st Team Award in soccer (State, Conference and/or Metro levels).

The Conklins have established this scholarship to commemorate their love of soccer.

Jay White Memorial Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduating senior attending a two- or four-year college. Preference will be given to a student majoring in business administration or foreign language.

An honor roll student and a 1992 graduate of Marion High School, Jason “Jay” White was a member of the National Honor Society, the Thespian Club and SADD. Jay’s interest in foreign languages enabled him to receive the Fulbright Medal in French. Jay was involved in many sports, including track, baseball, basketball and football. His love for football and the respect from his teammates enabled him to play his senior year as a Varsity Football Captain. He loved weight lifting and spent many hours in the weight room with friends. Jay was a member of the Screen Actors Guild. By doing national commercials and print work, he was able to travel and meet many people. His love for the Marion community and his many friends made him appreciate the education he was able to gain throughout his years at the MISD.

Jeff Rehnstrom Memorial Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduating senior attending Kirkwood Community College. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required with a demonstration of financial need.

Jeffrey Alan Rehnstrom was a 1997 graduate. During his years at MHS, Jeff participated in many activities with football being his favorite. Following high school, Jeff attended Kirkwood Community College where he was studying business at the time of his death. This scholarship was established by Jeff’s family.

John Fowler Memorial Character Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduating senior who demonstrates strength of character in his/her actions.

John C. Fowler was a teacher, coach and school administrator serving the MISD for 35 years as the principal of Vernon Middle School from 1951-1986. Mr. Fowler served the Country in the US Army during WWII; earning two Purple Hearts and Bronze Star. Mr. Fowler demonstrated strength of character in countless ways. His family established this scholarship to honor his memory.

John Scarborough Miller Memorial Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduate or graduating senior attending Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

The John Scarborough Miller Trust was established in 1974 by Inez S. Miller in memory of her son, John who died in 1945 while serving in World War II. John Miller achieved the rank of Lieutenant and was a member of a B-29 flight crew. At the time of his death he was stationed in Saipan. John graduated MHS in 1941 and attended the University of Iowa for eighteen months prior to serving in the military. While he was in high school, John participated in band, glee club, chorus, and other music groups. He served on the staff of the VOX and the Quill. John was a member of Delta Sigma Delta and Zeta Mu Epsilon. He served his community as a Gazette carrier.

John Schlotterback Memorial Business Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduating senior enrolling in a four year college or university pursuing a Business-related degree and who lettered in a varsity sport at MHS.

John Schlotterback was a 1947 graduate of Marion High School. He participated in track, basketball, baseball and football while attending MHS, earning a varsity letter in football his senior year. After graduating, John worked in sales for several local dairies. In 1967, he began a 45-year career as a realtor in Marion. This scholarship was established by his wife Marilyn and his children Lyn (MHS 1976), Lori (MHS 1977) and JD (MHS 1986).

Kelly Grishaber Memorial Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduating senior attending a two or four year college who exhibits good character, and a positive attitude. The applicant must demonstrate involvement in co-curricular activities and/or community service.

Kelly Grishaber was completing her freshman year at MHS in the spring of 1979 when she was diagnosed with leukemia. For the next two years she courageously battled this illness while continuing to attend classes and school activities, always with the positive attitude that she would overcome her illness. Kelly is remembered for her enthusiastic participation in and total devotion to the cheerleading squad, highlighted by the MHS football class 3A 1980 State Championship. Kelly succumbed to leukemia on May 9, 1981. Her family and friends learned much from her positive attitude toward life, her joyous creativity and most of all, her courage in facing her terminal illness.

Kiwanis Club of Marion Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduating senior attending a two or four-year accredited college with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to students demonstrating financial need.

The former Kiwanis Club of Marion provided more than $40,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors in the Marion and Linn-Mar school districts since 1979.

Lowell Morgan Service & Character Award
Requirements: MHS graduating senior who has participated in exemplary acts of volunteer service and has demonstrated uncommonly positive character. Additional consideration will be given to students who achieved Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts or Gold Award rank in the Girl Scouts; church choir members and related activities.

This scholarship is offered in honor of Lowell Morgan’s humanity, commitment to community and love of youth.

Michael McGrew Memorial Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduating senior attending a two- or four-year college.

Michael McGrew attended Marion schools from K-12th grade (’88). He was a member of the baseball team, golf team and video club. Michael was also active in the Marion YMCA where he enjoyed working with younger children. He was working in Lawrenceville, Georgia when he died following injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Michael will be remembered as fun loving, strong-minded and a sensitive loving son and brother who loved people and the outdoors. This scholarship has been established for a hard working student who wants to achieve by furthering his or her education.

Michelle Fluckiger Niles Memorial Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduating senior attending an accredited dental program with the intention of becoming a Dentist, Dental Hygienist, or Dental Technician.

This scholarship was established in 2009 by Michelle’s husband, John Niles and their daughters, Kelsey and Lindsey. Michelle graduated from Marion High School in 1977 and Kirkwood Community College in 1979. For 28 years, Michelle was a Dental Technician at Tyler, Berkhof and Link Dental Office in Cedar Rapids. Michelle passed away from injuries suffered in an automobile accident on March 26, 2007.

Ratliff-Ames Memorial Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduating senior attending college to pursue English, writing, journalism, advanced math and/or graphic arts.

The Ratliff-Ames Memorial Scholarship has been established to honor the dedication and success of Dr. Dorothy Jean Ratliff, a 1944 graduate of Marion High School, her brother, Dr. Jack Ratliff, a 1948 graduate of Marion High School, and their younger cousin, Anne Christine Ames, a 1979 graduate of Marion High School. Dr. Dorothy Ratliff was an instructor of Advanced English and Creative Writing at Virgil Grissom High School in Huntsville, Alabama; and Dr. Jack Ratliff is a professor of higher mathematics at the University of Southern California, Riverside. Their younger cousin, Anne Ames, was a very talented graphic artist earning both state and national awards. To honor their commitment to education excellence, this endowment has been established for Marion High School graduating seniors demonstrating motivation and a desire to succeed.

Rebecca Paulson Memorial Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduating senior pursuing a degree in education.

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Rebecca Paulson. Rebecca taught at Starry Elementary for many years and her passion was helping her students achieve their goals. She had a positive influence on her students, their parents, and her peers in education through kindness, commitment and a desire to always improve. (Applications for this scholarship will be accepted beginning spring 2018.)

Todd Little Memorial Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduating senior attending a two or four year college.

Todd Little was a senior at MHS when he died of sudden heart failure on April 21, 1999. Todd was a member of SODA, Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU), and Take Charge and Win With Wellness. He was a leader in track, baseball, football and basketball and was the 1998 Homecoming King. Todd received 1st Team All-Conference and 1st Team All-Metro honors in football, 2nd Team All-Conference and All-Metro Honorable mention in basketball. Coaching for Unified Sports was one way Todd worked with younger children. His family offers this scholarship in Todd’s memory.

Vida Pollock Moore Scholarship
Requirements: MHS graduating senior demonstrating excellent academic performance, extracurricular involvement, civic involvement, and financial need.

This scholarship was established by Mrs. Moore. Veda Pollock graduated from Marion High School in 1950. She married Keith Moore shortly after and moved around the country as he was a store manager for JC Penney. The Moore’s had 2 children, a son currently in California and a daughter in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Mrs. Moore wanted to establish a permanent scholarship purely out of her love for the Marion Independent School District. As she says, “The Marion High School class of 1950 was absolutely wonderful”.

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