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Hearts of Gold

anniversary celebration – Friday, June 14!

Bringing together the Marion community, this event will recognize the 30th anniversary of the Marion Foundation and 140-year anniversary of the Marion Alumni Association.

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Annual Golf Tournament

A round of Golf That supports MARION schools!

Join the Marion Foundation on Friday, September 27 at Gardner Golf Course. Flighted best-ball tournament play, games, prizes and plenty of good-natured rivalries.

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Latest News

Hills Bank Provides Classroom Cash

Hills Bank presented a check to the Foundation on Thursday, May 16th for $1,050.86 that was collected through their Classroom Cash program. Through the Classroom Cash program, Hills Bank customers can designate Marion Independent School District as their district of choice and a percentage of debit card purchases are donated to Marion schools at no […]

Foundation Awards 27 Senior Scholarships

On Wednesday, May 1st the Class of 2019 gathered in the Marion High School Auditorium surrounded by parents and family to witness their classmates receive prestigious honors, awards, and scholarships to continue their education.  Students were recognized for a multitude of honors ranging from Top 10 Scholars, to Honor Society Members, to Foreign Language Awards.  […]

Scholarships Available for Entrepreneur Camp

Students are invited to attend an entrepreneurship camp June 10-14, 2019 at Hills Bank in Marion.  Participating campers will learn about branding from a panel of experts, meet local entrepreneurs and take field trips to their businesses. Students will also build teams with fellow campers and work to solve a real-world problem, create a product […]

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Latest Projects

John Vernon Memorial Fund

John Vernon was a founding member of the Marion Foundation and continued his work as an…

John Vernon Memorial Fund

John Vernon was a founding member of the Marion Foundation and continued his work as an Emeritus Trustee until his passing on March 8, 2019 at age 89. As a Marion High School graduate (1947) and local businessman and attorney, John was involved in many aspects of the community. He was a founding and life member of the Kirkwood Foundation Board of Trustees and was on the Marion Independent School Board for 7 years, five of them as president. He served as president of the Marion Chamber of Commerce, was an originator of the Marion YMCA and was a Century Member of the Marion Historical Museum. He helped secure funding to establish the Marion Library and was instrumental in the development of Lowe Park. He was a charter member of MEDCO, on which he also served as president. In 1996, John was part of the first group of inductees into the Marion Independent School Foundation’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes those who have excelled in the areas of volunteerism, professional and educational success, and outstanding support of the District and Foundation.

The family will host a Celebration of Life on Sunday, June 16th at Lowe Park. To continue his legacy of giving and support for Marion schools, John’s family has asked memorial contributions be directed to the Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association. To make a contribution, you may donate online or send a check using the information below. The Foundation will inform the Vernon family about your donation unless otherwise requested in the comment box below.

You may send company matching gift forms to the mailing address below or direct info to marionfoundation@marion-isd.org. The Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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To make an offline donation:

  1. Make your check payable to "Marion School Foundation"
  2. On the memo line indicate "Vernon Memorial Fund"
  3. Mail your check to:
    Marion School Foundation
    777 S 15th St.
    Marion, IA 52302

Donation Total: $50.00

Mike Combs Memorial Fund

Mike was dedicated to supporting his children and athletics at Marion High School. He coached Marion…

Mike Combs Memorial Fund

Mike was dedicated to supporting his children and athletics at Marion High School. He coached Marion feeder teams for softball, basketball, baseball, and football for many years and volunteered in many capacities for Marion junior high and high school track, football, baseball and basketball. In 2017, he was recognized at the Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament as a model of sportsmanship and decorum for Marion High School and its community. Mike passed away unexpectedly on December 13, 2018 at age 53.

His family established the Mike Combs Memorial Fund to support education and athletics in his memory. To make a contribution, you may donate online or send a check using the information below. The Foundation will inform the Combs family about your donation unless otherwise requested in the comment box below.

You may send company matching gift forms to the mailing address below or direct info to marionfoundation@marion-isd.org. The Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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To make an offline donation:

  1. Make your check payable to "Marion School Foundation"
  2. On the memo line indicate "Combs Memorial Fund"
  3. Mail your check to:
    Marion School Foundation
    777 S 15th St.
    Marion, IA 52302

Donation Total: $50.00

Thurness Memorial Fund

A scholarship fund is being established honoring the late Dr. Thurness to be awarded annually to…

Thurness Memorial Fund

Dr. Robert Thurness had an impact on hundreds of kids as he helped shape and transform high school students into young men and women, preparing them for the future. In the Marion community, Dr. Thurness, also known as “Thurny,” is fondly remembered for his role as Varsity football coach and for leading the 1980 football team to the school’s only 3A State Football Championship. Vaughn Klopfenstein, 1980 Football Team Captain, remembers Thurny as “having a very distinctive and gruff voice, but was always very caring. He set the bar high, for himself, for the team, and for everyone as an individual both on the field and in academics.” Dr. Thurness passed away on October 13, 2018 and will be fondly remembered by many.

His loving family is honoring Dr. Thurness by establishing a scholarship fund in his name to be awarded annually to a graduating senior of Marion High School. Donations will also be used to place a memorial bench at the front of the high school. To make a contribution, you may donate online or send a check using the information below. The Foundation will inform the Thurness family about your donation unless otherwise requested in the comment box below.

You may send company matching gift forms to the mailing address below or direct info to marionfoundation@marion-isd.org. The Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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To make an offline donation:

  1. Make your check payable to "Marion School Foundation"
  2. On the memo line indicate "Thurness Memorial Fund"
  3. Mail your check to:
    Marion School Foundation
    777 S 15th St.
    Marion, IA 52302

Donation Total: $50.00

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