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Darwin & Becky Merrill establish new scholarship at Marshalltown Community College

MARSHALLTOWN – For some time, local residents Darwin and Becky Merrill have been thinking about starting a scholarship at Marshalltown Community College. They see MCC as a great asset to the area, particularly for students who cannot easily fund post-secondary education with savings, grants or scholarships. They were finally moved to begin their scholarship program after watching Marshalltown work to recover from the tornado last July. The Merrills also own a ranch in Texas, which was hit hard by hurricane Harvey, so their hearts ached for their hometown, knowing what disaster does to the people in its wake.

“My number one priority with these first scholarships would be to help families hurt by the tornado,” Becky told Carol Geil, Executive Director of the Marshalltown Community College Foundation. “I know there were some tornado relief scholarships early on, but having seen a disaster before with Harvey, we know the impact is long-term. There are surely still families who are trying to get caught up financially to where they were before the tornado, and if we can help with a scholarship, we’d really like to do that.” Although first choice will be for students who suffered loss of home, vehicle or income due to the tornado, any student is encouraged to apply.

There will be three Darwin & Becky Merrill Scholarships available this first time for 2019-2020, with each scholarship being $3,300, or approximately full tuition, fees and books for a typical full-time semester. To be eligible, the applicants should be full-time at MCC, have a 3.0 GPA, be a Marshall County high school senior or graduate, and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students who show interaction with their community through activities and volunteerism. The priority deadline to be considered is May 1, 2019. Review of candidates will begin at that time, and any late applications will be considered if there are not three recipients selected from the on-time applicants.

Applications are online at, or contact your high school counselors’ office or MCC Foundation at (641) 844-5748. You will also be expected to include a transcript (may be unofficial) to show GPA, and write a short essay describing how this scholarship would be instrumental in helping you achieve your personal and employment goals.

As always, donors wishing to contribute to or establish scholarship funds are encouraged to contact MCC Foundation Executive Director Carol Geil for more information at 641-844-5747 or Gifts to the MCC Foundation are always tax-exempt!

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