The Shirley & Marion Scholes

Jayhawk Scholarship 

The Scholes Jayhawk Scholarship Fund was established in 2019 to financially assist graduates of Council Grove High School wishing to pursue a college degree at the University of Kansas. The scholarship is in memory of Shirley and Marion Scholes. Marion was born and raised in Council Grove and graduated from Council Grove High School in 1944. As a returning World War II Navy veteran, he enrolled at KU where he met Shirley. Shirley was a micropaleontologist working on her master’s degree in geology, a female pioneer in a male dominated major. She was also one of the first female teaching assistants in the KU geology department and Marion literally fell in love with his teacher. They were married and after Marion graduated with his degree in petroleum geology, he went to work for the Ohio Oil Company (now known as Marathon Oil Company). While with Marathon, Shirley and Marion moved eleven times to five states over his 34-year career but always remained steadfast and loyal Jayhawk fans. Though they retired to Massachusetts, they had a special place in their heart for Council Grove and returned many times to visit family and friends.


  • Deadline for scholarship applications is April 1, 2020.

  • Scholarship is one-time $1000.00 award.

  • Past recipients are eligible to apply.

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Please type application, illegible applications will not be considered.

  • The scholarship recipient will be announced in May.

  • The scholarship recipient must provide evidence of enrollment at the University of Kansas University before scholarship funds will be distributed.

  • Refer to criteria below for eligibility and list of documents needed (i.e., transcript, introductory letter, tax returns).



Award Criteria

  • Applicant must be attending or planning to attend the University of Kansas. Please include acceptance letter and/or pre-enrollment verification.

  • Applicant must be a graduate of Council Grove High School, USD 417.

  • Preference will be given to current high school graduates.

  • Preference will be given to female applicants.

  • Preference will be given to students that demonstrate a financial need.

  • Preference will be given to applicants with a declared Science Major.

  • Applicant must include the first 2 pages of their mother and fathers tax return.

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a permanent resident ID card or current passport.

  • Applicant must include a copy of an official CGHS or college transcript including cumulative GPA.

  • Applicant must include a letter explaining their goals, career plans, financial need, and any other information you want the scholarship selection committee to consider.








Applications are due by April 1, 2020


Mail to:

Council Grove Area Foundation
The Shirley and Marion Scholes Jayhawk Scholarship 

PO BOX 137

Council Grove, KS 66846-0137


Photo Credits: Mindy Sue Photography and Love My Kansas - Land and Aerial Photography/Video


We'd love to hear from you

PO BOX 137
Council Grove, KS 66846

  • White Facebook Icon

Find us on Facebook