Marion County Arkansas Republicans

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KYLI DUFFY, 2017 Yellville-Summit High School graduate was FIRST recipient of the “Patty Mayo Memorial Scholarship” sponsored by the Republican Women of Marion County. This $1,000 scholarship is given to a Marion County graduating high school senior or home-school student who has met the requirements of the application and was chosen by the scholarship committee. This year’s essay topic was “What Patriotism Means to Me”. In her essay, Ms. Duffy wrote about a man from her church who served in the Army and the sacrifices the gentleman made on her behalf defending her freedom. She stated, “I am so humbled and not worthy of such sacrifice. The only way I know to repay this is through my Patriotism. Loving the United States, loving what our founding fathers started, and loving what many have fought and died for is patriotism. To me, patriotism is a deep true love for my country that no issue or politician can come between. True patriots have each other’s back. It means all for one and one for all.”

Kyli Duffy was the Valedictorian of her class, she is the daughter of Kevin and Kary Duffy of Yellville. Miss Duffy has been very active in her school and community. She is enrolled in Arkansas State University of Mountain Home and plans to one day become a pediatrician. The Republican Women of Marion County wish Kyli Duffy the best of luck and congratulate her on becoming their first scholarship recipient.

If you are interested in donating to the scholarship fund, you can make your donations to: RWMC Scholarship, P. O. Box 937, Yellville, AR 72687. You can find a downloadable donation form below.  If you have any questions you can email:

The Republican Women of Marion County

Scholarship Fund Donation Opportunity.

We hope you will join us in reaching our fundraising goal. 


Thank you!




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History:   In 2015, The Patty Mayo Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of PATTY MAYO, who has served in the Republican Party in several capacities.  Patty had served as a President of the Republican Women of Marion County and Third District Director.  She was extremely active in Republican politics and held several positions at the County, District and State levels. You definitely knew where Patty stood on most any given topic.  Family had always been very important to Patty and she loved her family dearly.  She also had a great sense of humor about politics as her husband Raymond ran for Justice of the Peace and in the Turkey Trot parade he carried a sign that read, “Patty’s Husband”.   She helped in many, many campaigns.  Patty’s death, in September, 2014, came as quite a shock and her absence was clearly felt.


 In October, 2015, KAREN WAGGONER, passed away.  Karen served as an RWMC Officer, chaired several committees including the Legislative Committee.   Karen received her Master’s Degree in Education at the University of CT. In 2003, her book, "On My Honor, a Navy Wife's Vietnam Story" was published.  She valued education and was very involved in getting the scholarship off the ground.


In September, 2018, SHERRIE PARKIN, who was the Chair Person of the scholarship fund passed away.  Sherrie has also been a long time member and very active in the Republican Women of Marion County.  She and Karen Waggoner were very good about keeping RWMC informed of legislative issues.  Sherrie also believed education was key to a good future.  She authored a book titled “Footprints and Sage”.  Upon moving to Flippin, AR, she became active and joined a writer’s guild, she also authored a weekly column in The Mountain Echo called “Over 65 and Under Foot”.


In 2018, after much consideration, the Republican Women changed the name of the scholarship to show tribute and memorialize all the wonderfully talented women who have served and given their time, talent and treasure to promote the values of Republican Women of Marion County.  Each one believed education was important and education could make a difference if opportunity was given.  RWMC feels this is a good way to get involved with the youth and provide a positive, conservative influence in the community.


Applicants will hopefully become involved in a local Republican Women of Marion County club, participate in activities, and become involved in Teenage Republicans, College Republicans, Marion County Republican Committee or other conservative organizations that promote the platform of the Republican Party.


The Republican Women of Marion County Scholarship can be used toward tuition, books or supplies. RWMC will supply the college, University, or Trade School with the funds on behalf of the recipient. This award must be used within one year.


Eligibility: This scholarship is to be given to a Marion County high school senior or home school student who will be entering college in the fall.  Each applicant must complete a letter of application, meet the requirements, and submit an essay on a chosen topic each year. The applicant must be an American citizen.


How many scholarships are given? Decision as to the number and the amount of the scholarship is made every year and is determined solely by the funds available and the discretion of the scholarship committee.


How is the scholarship financed? The scholarship is perpetuated by RWMC.  Members are urged to contribute to the scholarship fund on a regular basis. Fundraisers are held throughout the year. Contributions are accepted at any time. Checks should be made payable to the RWMC Scholarship Fund and mailed to RWMC, P. O. Box 937, Yellville, AR 72687.

Patty Mayo

May 10, 1958 – September 28, 2014

Karen Waggoner

March 17, 1938 - October 27, 2015


Sherrie Parkin

March 08, 1941 - September 08, 2018