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.