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The Hollis D. Marshall 
Memorial Scholarship Fund 

Mission Statement

The most important treasure in life is a heart that accepts the Spirit of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and "Passes It On" while pulling others up!

The Scholarship Fund

Hollis D. Marshall was a renowned geologist, "oil finder," loving husband and father - and proud Aggie. To honor him, his family set up the Hollis D. Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship is awarded to individuals pursuing higher academic achievement, and it will provide assistance to select individuals with the same ideals of excellence and the desire to give back to their communities in the U.S. and internationally. The Scholarship Fund is administered by WoodsEdge Community Church, The Woodlands, Texas.

Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Fund Administrators

About Hollis D. Marshall

About Judy Paine-Marshall 

Scholarship Recipients

  • 2001  Wendy Patzewitsch (Texas) -- Doctoral Candidate; Texas A&M University, Geosciences Department, in College Station, Texas

  • 2002  Tea Deak (Croatia) -- Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) Certification; Montgomery College in Conroe, Texas

  • 2003-2004  Josip Deak (Sisak, Croatia) -- Mathematics major, University of Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia

  • 2003-2004  Veljko Komanovic (Sisak, Croatia) -- Computer User Support, Technical Institute in Sisak, Croatia, associated with the University of Zagreb

  • 2004-2005  Sheryl L. Japczynski (Texas) -- Associate of Applied Sciences, Associate Degree Nursing at Montgomery College in Conroe, Texas

  • 2005-2006  Jonathan A. Franks (Texas) -- Kinesiology major, Kingwood College, Kingwood, Texas

  • 2006-2007  Kevin D. Linton (New Hampshire) -- History major, University of New Hampshire

  • 2006-2007  Denis Karnoscak (Athens, Greece) -- Physics major, Colorado School of Mines

  • 2007-2008  Sandy Jenkins (Texas) -- Dallas Baptist University, EdD in Higher Educational Administration and Leadership

  • 2007-2008  Sam Diaz (Quito, Ecuador) -- Wheaton College, major in Philosophy with a concentration in Psychology

  • 2008-2009  Anna Crockett (Texas) -- Government, University of Texas at Austin

  • 2008-2009  Janet Kasper (Texas) -- Business Management, Lone Star College, Conroe TX

  • 2008-2009  Sam Sutherland (Texas) -- Petroleum or Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Boulder CO

  • 2009-2010  Sylvia Andino (Texas) -- Theological Studies, Amiel Christian School (Vision International University), Garland TX

  • 2009-2010  Shelby Kennard (Texas) -- News Broadcasting, University of Kentucky

  • 2010-2011  Maria Perez (Texas -- member WECC) -- Special Education, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville TX

  • 2010-2011  Ryan Dohner (Texas -- member WECC) -- Business, minor in Sports Management, University of Texas at Austin

  • 2011-2012 Rebecca Sonnier (Texas) -- Nursing, LoneStar College, Conroe, Texas; then Abilene Christian College, Abilene, Texas

  • 2011-2012 Chris Larson (Texas) -- International Studies, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

  • 2011-2012 Lindsay Kalberer (Texas) -- Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

  • 2011-2012 Coleman Moore (New Jersey) -- Microbiology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

  • 2012-2013 Austin Rumpel (Texas) -- Biblical Studies, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas

  • 2012-2013 Julia Rogers (Texas) -- Music Business, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas

  • 2012-2013 Kiresha Johnson (Texas) -- Biochemistry and Business Administration, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

The Scholarship Fund Administrators

Jeff Wells -- Senior Pastor, WoodsEdge Community Church
Judith Paine-Marshall -- Director
Janet Harris -- Co-Director
Dawn Marshall Nagala

About Hollis D. Marshall 

(Feb. 12, 1930 - Aug. 18, 2001)

Hollis D. Marshall graduated from Odessa High School in 1947, then attended Odessa Junior College. To complete his studies, he transferred to Texas A&M, where he joined the Corps and graduated with a BS degree in Geological Engineering (1954). He entered the US Army as 2nd Lt. for pilot's training and was honorably discharged with the rank of 1st Lt. After serving his country, Hollis returned to Texas A&M to obtain his MS degree in Petroleum Geology (1959).

He started his career at Humble Oil (later Exxon), and worked in the Texas cities of Pleasanton, Kingsville, and Corpus Christi. After 17 highly successful years as an "oil finder" with Exxon, Hollis ventured out on his own as an Independent Consulting Geologist. He became renowned for his geological work in South Texas. His expertise was the "Yegua and Frio Formations" in Starr County, Texas and surrounding areas. Hollis found numerous profitable reserves for Samedan Oil Corporation, Harwood Exploration, Mueller Engineering, and others. In 1989, he left Corpus Christi to marry Judy Paine, Geophysicist with ARCO Oil and Gas Company, and they set up residence in The Woodlands, Texas.

Hollis was not only an outstanding geologist, he also had the reputation of excellence in everything he undertook - even golf!  He is the embodiment of a true Aggie. 

Hollis is survived by his wife, Judy Paine-Marshall of Conroe, Texas, and three children: Dawn Marshall Nagala of Friendswood, Texas; Jeff W. Marshall of San Antonio, Texas; and Holly Marshall Thomson of Whitfield, Queensland, Australia.

Hollis is buried at Lakeland Hills Memorial Cemetery in Burnet, Texas near Horseshoe Bay, his second home.


About Judy Paine-Marshall

Judy's life changed significantly when her husband, Hollis Marshall, died on August 18, 2001, from a long bout with Alzheimer's. The present period in her life has become her "Halftime" journey. Bob Buford, in his book, Halftime (1998) wrote: "Halftime is a time to reflect on your life and determine what would give your life additional meaning and significance in the years to come." Judy is discovering that her "Halftime" is about risk, adventure ... and faith!

Her Mission
Judy hopes to instill in The Scholarship Fund's Scholarship Recipients the inspiration she received from very special people encountered throughout her life. "The more they encouraged me, the more I found the inner strength to accomplish what I initially thought was impossible. Hollis Marshall was one of many people who took time to invest in my life. It is to these special people that I dedicate the rest of my life's work to 'Pass It On.'" 

Born Judy Otts, she graduated from NW Classen High School in Oklahoma City in 1957, and completed her BS in Geology at the University of Oklahoma. She married in college, becoming Judy Paine. She has since become the mother of three children: Jenee' Paine Moore, Scott Paine, and Kendall Paine Ramirez. Collectively, she has eleven grandchildren: Coleman & McCall Moore in New Jersey; Owen & Emmett Ramirez, Dustin & Tyler Fox, Courtney Marshall, Christopher & Laura Nagala in Texas; and Susan & Gregory Thomson in Australia.

She began her 21-year career with Arco Oil & Gas Company in Dallas, and while there, became a geophysicist. After retiring from Arco in 1991, she consulted for Exxon Oil Company and Burlington Industries for another 6 years.

Judy married her friend, Hollis D. Marshall, an Independent Petroleum Consultant, on October 1, 1989. They relocated to the Houston area, where she still resides. Judy and her late husband, Hollis, are Charter Members of WoodsEdge Community Church (WECC) in The Woodlands, where they initiated the "Muffin Ministry" for visiting newcomers. 

Marathons and Milestones
While living in Dallas, Texas, Judy Paine became a marathoner. She has since run over 17 marathons, including Boston, and ran the New York City marathon in 3 hours, 34 minutes. 

Photo: Arco Fitness Festival team

Judy organized Arco's regional and national teams to the Corporate Cup Relays and the Aerobics Fitness Festivals. 

She was one of the first women to join the Aerobics Athletic Center, which was an athletic club "For Men Only." (She still remembers what it was like to break into an all-men's club!) That year, 1975, she won the Aerobics Center "Rookie of the Year" award.

On her 40th birthday, Judy ran the Fort Worth Cowtown 5-mile race, and came in 1st overall for the women. Later that year, she also won the Tulsa Marathon overall for the women. In 1979, Judy Paine began entering triathlons and placed 1st in the Women's 40-45 Year Division, held in Plano, Texas. Ten years later, in 1989, Team USA formed a competitive team to commemorate the First International Triathlon to be held in Avignon, France. Judy was 50 years old at the time. She qualified for Team USA by winning her age group in Dallas, came in 2nd in her age group in Hawaii's Tin-Man, and placed 5th at the First International Triathlon in Avignon, France.

Judy does her aerobics training 5 days a week at 5:00 a.m. at Lifeway Athletic Center in The Woodlands and bikes on the weekends. Her biking coach and trainer is Dana Lyons, Finish Strong Coaching,

She is a member of The Woodlands Cycling Club (WCC), and The Woodlands Running Club, The Woodlands Toastmasters, Woodsedge Community Church, and is The Queen Mum of VooDoo Dolls Chapter of the Red Hat Society.

Passing It On...
Now, Judy P-M wants to spend her life helping young people and individuals she encounters throughout her life with the "Pass It On" philosophy through the Hollis D. Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

Judy takes cycling tours from time to time.  Her first was the 2003 CrossRoads Cycling Adventures, Cycle Across America Tour, from Los Angeles to Boston.  In 2005, she took her "dream vacation" to New Zealand to cycle the Southern Alps.  Now, in 2006, she's cycling across America ... again!   Each time she makes a tour she enlists the support of friends to help sponsor her per mile (or km).  The money earned goes to the Hollis D. Marshall Scholarship Fund which helps to educate deserving candidates in order that they may return to their country or communities to teach others and to continue the "Pass it On" philosophy of pulling others up throughout one's life. 

Judy's latest adventure has been to become a member of the Voo Doo Dolls Chapter of the Red Hat Society in The Woodlands, Texas.  She took Ms. Voo Doo Doll on the ride of her life throughout the New Zealand alps.  She looks forward to continuing to make special trips with the diverse background of other special Red Hatters in our Chapter!




Judy & Ms. VooDoo Doll (in basket) by Tasman Sea, NZ

     Judy & Ms. VooDoo Doll



Please help Judy accomplish these scholarship goals for deserving individuals, by sponsoring her CrossRoads cycling trip across America. And remember to continuously "Pass It On" to others who might share your generous spirit. 

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Copyright 2006 by The Hollis D. Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund. All rights reserved.  

For site information, contact Judy Paine-Marshall

Last revised: Monday, June 14, 2010 .  Website design Patricia Coogan, Words and Pictures, The Woodlands TX

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