Who was Mary Monroe Davis
|The Mary Monroe Davis Scholarship program awards up to $7,500 a year and up to $30,000 overall toward a Bachelor’s Degree. In addition, we award up to $3,000 a year toward an associate degree.
The application period begins 12/1/2018 and closes 2/22/2019.
This amazing opportunity to be a recipient of the prestigious Yakima Rotary Trust “Mary Monroe Davis” scholarship can be yours – Here’s how to apply:
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In December 2008, Mary Monroe “Mollie” Davis passed away leaving an educational bequest of $20 million dollars to fund two and four year scholarships to benefit residents of Yakima County. The Yakima Rotary Trust was named the administrator of these scholarships.
Since the Yakima Rotary Trust awarded the first scholarships in 2010 over 310 students have been awarded renewable scholarships. The total dollar amount of scholarships awarded has exceeded $5.4 million
Mollie was a Yakima girl who chose to reinvest her money rather than spend it on herself. She loved to fish, can elderberry jelly, and pummel rattlesnakes with rocks. She began to see declining health in her later years, but her mind was sharp until her passing. When Mollie married, she and her husband, Warren Davis lived at Hidden Valley Ranch in Thorp. Mr. Davis served as president of the Kittitas County Cattleman Association and board member of the Ellensburg Rodeo. Upon her husband’s death in 1977, Mollie moved back to Yakima to her home on Linden Way. She remained intensely private and chose to let the community know of her generosity only after her death.
Mollie was quoted as saying:
“Better leaders tomorrow will come from better education today.”
The Yakima Valley is extremely fortunate that Mollie realized her investment in education can be the catalyst for change and her gift will allow thousands of students to attend college that otherwise might not be able to afford it. Cheers to Mollie and her vision!