Additional contributions to these funds are encouraged and may be made at any time.
Athletic Facilities Enhancement Fund
The Marion High School Athletic Booster Club established this fund to support renovations to MHS athletic facilities. The immediate needs include maintenance to the Les Hipple Sports Complex (baseball, softball, soccer and tennis), with a goal of also renovating the Marion football and track complex.
Bruno Rinas Memorial Science & Interdisciplinary Research Grant
Long-time science teacher Bruno Rinas was a beloved employee of Marion High School for 31 years. After receiving numerous memorial contributions after his death in 2011, the Rinas family established this endowment to support scientific research for faculty and students. The goal of the endowment is to enhance, enrich and enlighten development of our teachers and students; as well as bring awareness to the scientific and general educational strides Marion High School is making.
Jason White Education Enhancement Fund
The Jason White Educational Enhancement Fund (JWEEF) was established by Mary Anne White in memory of her son, Jason “Jay” White, a 1992 Marion High School graduate who died in 1994. The JWEEF has funded educational enhancement projects such as the Monet Garden at the high school, the Vernon Middle School tutoring program, the MHS character/mentor program and a variety of other enhancement projects district-wide.
John Nelson Fund
A graduate of the Marion High School class of 1935, John Nelson was a railroad switchman who appreciated the value of a good education. Spending a lifetime investing his savings and pension income, Mr. Nelson was able to bequest more than one half million dollars to the Foundation upon his death in 2005. He made significant contributions to the Foundation, School District, his church and various community organizations. His gift to the Foundation had no stipulations except that the funds be used for education. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees established a fund in John Nelson’s name and began disbursing funds in 2009 toward scholarships, Marion Fund grants and more.
Performing Arts Facilities Enhancement Fund
Established by the Marion Performing Arts Council along with the Marion High School Thespians, this fund is dedicated to enhancing the Marion Independent School District performing arts spaces; including the current auditorium and other facilities used for performances by the district. The fund may also be used towards the future construction of a new auditorium.
This fund was established to specifically support the needs of the Marion High School media center for the purchase of books and other related media material. A disbursement is made annually upon request.
Zach Peterson Memorial Summer Band Scholarship
This scholarship is offered in memory of Zach Peterson, a 2001 graduate of Marion High School. Zach loved music and was an accomplished percussionist. His family has established this fund to support and encourage other young aspiring musicians. The scholarship is given to MHS students attending a summer music camp.
Requirements: Entering 8th through 12th grade at Marion High School; interested in instrumental music, having participated in band for at least two years. Preference will be given to students demonstrating commitment through regular music lesson attendance.