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Marion John Shepard, Jr. Scholarship

Funded by
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Shepard Family
1 winner$1,500
In Review
Application Deadline
Jun 28, 2024
Winners Announced
Jul 28, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate student
Field of Study:
Has lost a parent

The first of 10 children born to Marion John Shepard, Sr. and Dora Stray Shepard, “Shep” was educated in the Mobile, Alabama school system. He graduated from Central High School, S.D. Bishop Junior College and Alabama State University. He was an educator for 33 years at Mary G. Montgomery High School where he taught history. He was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He also taught countless at-risk youth for 15 years at James T. Strickland Youth Center.

He worked for 51 years as the Youth Sports Coordinator in the City of Mobile’s Parks and Recreation Department. He coached football, was a pitcher for the Mobile Mets baseball team, and also played basketball and softball.

“Shep” was a role model to many young people, including his siblings. Both of his parents passed at an early age so he was instrumental in assisting his siblings to navigate life.  

Losing a parent, especially at a young age can be a deeply traumatic, life-altering experience that can take years to process. In addition to the emotional turmoil, there can also be instability, financial insecurity, and loneliness. Many children who lose a parent may have to be taken in by family members or the government which can mean a total life change. In light of these effects, it can be difficult for young people to focus on their education or find the motivation to continue to pursue their dreams.

This scholarship aims to honor Marion John Shepard Jr. by supporting students who have lost a parent so they can stay on track and complete their education.

Any undergraduate student who has lost a parent and is pursuing a major related to education may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us why you have chosen to pursue a career as a teacher.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Impact
Published February 13, 2024
Essay Topic

Why have you chosen to pursue a career as a teacher? Please share how this decision was influenced by your loss of a parent.

400–600 words


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 28, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jul 28, 2024.

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