MCR LogoMarie Innes Scholarship Fund

Marie InnesIn honor of Marie Innes, a Salem resident who succumbed to brain cancer in May of 2018, a scholarship fund is being instituted by private individuals and administered annually by the Marion County GOP Executive Committee.

The fund is for Marion County students (ages 17-22) planning to, or attending college, technical school, or other certified educational pursuits. It will provide at least $1000 per year to a (different) student for at least the next 10 years. The winner each year will be based upon a 1500 to 2000-word essay. This year's essay topic is "Why I Love Being an American?".

Marie was a beloved woman originally from Scotland from which she and her husband, Arthur, emigrated in 1966. They built a family here and made a life in Salem after raising their children in Eugene. To say Marie resonated passion for this country is an understatement. Her commitment and actions with the Marion County GOP and Capital City Republican Women remain renowned.

"Every time I would see Marie at a meeting or speak with her on the phone, she would always say, 'What are we doing to reach young people? They are our future,'" remembers Marion County Republican Party Chairman Jeff Heyen. "Marie, your inspiration lives on, we can feel the warmth of your smile from above," he adds.

Marie especially loved helping young people understand America's freedoms, and constantly worked to involve more of them in supporting those freedoms through local organizations.

  • This scholarship is merit based, with the essay the determining factor. Grades may be a factor only in cases of a "tie".
  • The 2020 scholarship will be awarded August 2020.
  • Application and guidelines may be downloaded HERE
  • Completed materials for the 2020 scholarship are due by June 1st 2020. See application for details.

Read the winning 2019 essay submitted by Grace Condello shown below receiving her award at one of our meetings.

2019 Winner Grace Condello
Pictured from left to right Marcia Atkinson, Grace Condello & Arthur Innes.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund may do so HERE. This is a dedicated fund and all contributions will be used exclusively for the scholarship.

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