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The Hollis D. Marshall 
Memorial Scholarship Fund at WoodsEdge

 

 

 

Recipients' Biographies

Since 2001, Judy has been awarding scholarships each year to at least one student through the Hollis D. Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund. The recipients have colorful and varied backgrounds. Here are their stories.

Scholarship Recipients

  • 2016-2017 Carla Fernandez (Texas) -- Marketing, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas

  • 2016-2017 Margo Radach (Texas) -- Business Communication, Colorado Christian University, Denver, Colorado

  • 2016-2017 David Baker (Texas) -- Graphic Design & Fine Arts, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

  • 2016-2017 Karina Weathers (Texas) -- Education, Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas

  • 2015-2016 Catalina Morales (Texas) -- Environmental Design (Architecture), Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

  • 2015-2016 Abraham Jasso (Texas) -- Media Arts & Worship, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas

  • 2015-2016 Anna Johnston (Texas) -- Music, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas

  • 2015-2016 Lauren Doss (Texas) -- Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida

  • 2015-2016 Thomas (Trey) Miller (Texas) -- Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

  • 2014-2015 Martina Ena Puja (Bosnia) -- Psychology, University of Greenwich, London, UK

  • 2014-2015 Alaina Platt (Texas) -- Education, Lonestar College, The Woodlands, Texas

  • 2014-2015 Christal Tyler Sanchez (Texas) -- Biology, Blinn College, Brenham, Texas

  • 2014-2015 Melanie Rogers (Texas) -- Education, Lonestar College, The Woodlands, Texas

  • 2013-2014 McCall Moore (Texas) -- Business, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

  • 2013-2014 Andrea Shannon (Texas) -- Business Journalism, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

  • 2013-2014 Courtney Kalberer (Texas) -- Nursing, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas

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

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

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

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

  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2008-2009  Janet Kasper (Texas) -- Business Administration, Lone Star College

  • 2007-2008  Sam Diaz (Bogota, Columbia) -- Philosophy major, Wheaton College

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2002-2003  Tea Deak (Croatia) -- Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) Certification; Montgomery College in Conroe, Texas

  • 2001-2002 Wendy Patzewitsch (Texas) -- Doctoral Candidate; Texas A&M University, Geosciences Department, in College Station, Texas

 

2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients

  • Carla Fernandez, Dallas Baptist University, Marketing
  • Margo Radach, Colorado Christian University, Business Communication
  • David Baker, University of North Texas, Graphic Design & Fine Arts
  • Karina Weathers, Stephen F. Austin, Education

 

Carla Fernandez

Carla Fernandez is a 2017 graduate of Northland Christian School. Throughout high school, she held office in Student Council and was a member of the National Honor Society. She participated in Speech and Debate all four years and received various award levels of degree. Additionally, she's been a member of Woodsedge for over eight years and has been part of the mission team to Guatemala for the past two summers. She is passionate about worship and has been a leader in the student worship band since her sophomore year. In the fall, she will be attending Dallas Baptist University to obtain a degree in marketing so that she can achieve her dream to work for a humanitarian aid organization as a marketing director. She is immensely grateful to have such an amazing opportunity that enables her to pursue her goal.


 

Margo Radach

Margo Radach is a graduate from The Woodlands High school class of 2017. In high school Margo was a member of both National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She was also the co-president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was a member of the track team. Her main passion is simply learning more about the God who created her and then sharing that with others. As an involved student at Woodsedge Community Church, Margo participated in a small group through the student ministry as well as helped lead various ministry events. She also served as one of six summer interns for the student ministry. As part of this role she helped lead a mission trip to Guatemala, a small group for the church's summer camp and a weekly VBS-like program for children. She will be attending Colorado Christian University to study Business Administration and is very excited to see how God shapes her world through the following years.


 

David Baker

David Baker is a 2016 graduate at The Woodlands College Park. He will be attending the University Of North Texas to study graphic design and fine arts. Along with art, he loves skateboarding and community service. He combined all of his passions to create a skateboarding, mentor, based outreach program in less fortunate areas called the KickFlip Project. He use skateboarding to to positively influence children and provide them with the opportunity to make friends and give them the opportunity to be kids. He also participates in programs benefiting foster children and teens like Run for Hope, Angel Reach, and Royal Family Kids Camp. In school he is an officer in the National Art Honor Society which uses art to positively impact the community. He plans to use this scholarship to get a full learning experience that UNT has to offer.


 

Karina Weathers

Karina Weathers is a 2016 graduate of College Park High School. During high school she was a member of Interact, National Honor Society, and the treasurer of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. She was also a member of her school's orchestra and varsity track for all four years. She has been a member of WoodsEdge Community Church for several years and been on mission trips with the student ministry to Germany, Georgia, and Guatemala. She has also been an active volunteer in the childcare for the past seven years. Karina lettered in academics and athletics freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school. She loves ministering and working with children and hopes to become an elementary teacher in the future. In the fall she will attend Stephen F. Austin State University with a major in education.


 

2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients

  • Catalina Morales, Texas A&M University, Environmental Design (Architecture)
  • Abraham Jasso, Sam Houston State University, Media Arts & Worship
  • Anna Johnston, Dallas Baptist University, Music
  • Lauren Doss, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aerospace Engineering
  • Thomas (Trey) Miller, Texas A&M University, Chemistry

 

Catalina Morales

Catalina Morales is a Class of 2013 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Conroe High School. She is currently a college sophomore pursuing an Architecture degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Catalina is very passionate about using her talents to bless others. She is currently taking a class in which the students have designed and are now building a tiny house to donate to a non-profit organization called, Community First in Austin, TX that helps keep the homeless off the streets. She is also very involved in the TAMU chapter of American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Aggie Sisters for Christ, and various volunteer organizations on and off campus. Catalina is a member of Townwood Baptist Church in Conroe, TX and continually helps with youth related events as a leader and mentor. While she is enrolled in College Station, she attends Iglesia Casa del Alfarero (The Potter’s House Church) and also serves as a leader to the adolescents. She is an active contributor to both her college and home communities. Catalina has been truly blessed by the WoodsEdge Memorial Scholarship and plans to continue her commitment to serving others because that is her ultimate joy.


 

Abraham Jasso

Abraham Jasso is an undergraduate from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. About 7 years ago, he realized he had a deep desire to study God’s word as he was serving as a worship leader at his parents’ Hispanic church. He daily developed a more profound love for God and an urge to know more of Him. He started educating himself on God’s word by reading books and listening to well-renowned theologians. Now, after spending time in prayer, seeking advice from respected church leaders, and following open doors, he has decided to pursue a master’s degree in media arts and worship from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). The goal of this master’s degree from DTS aims at equipping ministers to integrate a sound theological foundation in the fields of media arts, music, and worship. With this degree he hopes to enhance the level of worship within the Hispanic culture.


 

Anna Johnston

Anna Johnston is a class of 2015 graduate from Conroe High School in Conroe, TX. In the fall of 2015, she will be attending Dallas Baptist University to major in Music Business in hope to pursue a career in worship leadership. She has been a part of her high school choir, is a member of the worship team at her church, is an officer of National Honor Society, and has volunteered with her school, church, and community. She is passionate about Jesus, leading her fellow brothers and sisters in worship, and serving everyone around her. She cannot wait to see what awesome things God has for her in her relationship with Him, her family and friends and how she will grow even more when at college! She is very thankful and greatly blessed to be able to receive this scholarship and see how it will help her achieve and pursue her passions!


 

Lauren Doss

Lauren Doss is a 2015 graduating senior from The Woodlands High School. She plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida in the fall and major in Aerospace Engineering. She has been involved in JROTC since her freshman year and was the Marksmanship Commander leading her team to Nationals for two consecutive years and earning the top 5th shooter in the nation. She also founded the Highlander Heroes in which students served active duty military families along side WECC Armor of God Ministry. Lauren has attended WECC since she was in first grade. While there she has served on the parking and café teams, as well as, helping with Mission Houston. Lauren has a heart for the struggling and will continue to use the trials God has brought her through to be a light to others He brings across her path. She has out of this world goals and hope to bring honor and glory to God through the gifts and talents He has given her. She is very thankful to be considered and blessed with such a generous scholarship to help her achieve these goals.


 

Thomas (Trey) Miller

Thomas Miller is a graduate from Magnolia High School. He was involved in the National Honor Society, BPA, and the school's math club while he was there. Thomas also completed over 100 hours of community service, most of which came from volunteering at a non-profit resale shop that donated all of its profits to charities and children's ministries. The woman he worked for at the resale shop gave him a real life example of how God's hands are always at work in people's lives. Thomas will attend Texas A&M in August of 2015, through the Blinn Team program. He will pursue a major in chemistry, while also being apart of the Corps of Cadets. He plans to commission as an officer in the Marine Corps after he finishes college. Thomas is so grateful for the donation from the Hollis D. Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund, for it will help him accomplish God's plan for him.


 

2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients

  • Martina Ena Puja, University of Greenwich, Psychology
  • Alaina Platt, Lonestar College, Education
  • Christal Tyler Sanchez, Blinn College, Biology
  • Melanie Rogers, Lonestar College, Education

 

Martina Ena Puja

Martina Ena Puja is a 2013 high school graduate in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She lives there with her parents who are missionaries. Her father serves as a pastor in the local church. In her high school Martina was involved with a choir and she attended the first aid competitions. Beside her school activities she also has been involved with Wave project from its beginning. Namely, volunteering in educational programs taking place in the local church. She has been to several mission trips with her church as well. Important part of her volunteer work with Wave projects is serving in the orphanage and the school for children with different needs. While volunteering she discovered her love for helping children that are in need. That is why she wants to study Psychology. She plans to gain undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Greenwich, London, UK.

 

Alaina Platt

Alaina Platt is a 2014 graduate of Klein High School, Spring, TX. During high school, she was the captain of her varsity soccer team, member of National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and on the homecoming court. She has been a member of WoodsEdge Community Church her whole life and has been active in various ministries throughout the church and has served in the nursery for 8 years. From an early age she has always loved taking care of babies and loving on people no matter who they were. She's had two opportunities to go on a mission trip to an orphanage in Kenya where The Lord captured her heart for the orphans. Since God placed children on her heart, she dreams of having orphanages all over the world. In the fall she will attend Lonestar Community College with a major in education, hoping to fulfill her dreams of teaching and working with orphans. Alaina is extremely grateful and feels unbelievably blessed to receive this scholarship.

 

Christal Tyler Sanchez

Tyler Sanchez is a 2014 graduate of TWHS. She has been blessed to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the school yearbook alongside her identical twin sister, Bailey. She has been involved in many activities during her time at THS including The Cougar Charms Drill team, swim team and yearbook. She will be attending Blinn College and plans on transferring to Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in 2015. Tyler has been involved with Woodsedge Community Church since 2008 and has been on mission trips with Woodsedge in the Houston area, Mexico, Colorado, New York, and Germany. She will also participate in the Leader Treks program in Montana this summer. She regularly volunteers with Channel One and has been able to use this special time to love on children and share the love of Jesus. Her passion is to serve others and bless those around her; it is one of the many joys in her life. She will be an intern in the summer of 2014 with the Woodsedge Student Ministry program and is very excited about the upcoming experiences and adventures that await her!

 

Melanie Rogers

Melanie Rogers is a 2014 graduate of The Woodlands High school in The Woodlands, Texas. This upcoming fall she will be attending Lonestar Community college. She will be majoring in Education and plans to become a kindergarden teacher. While in High School she participated in her high school's cross country and track team for her last two years. She has a passion for children and helping others. She volunteers at the WoodsEdge Community Church in the Student Cafe and many organizations involving the homeless. Melanie is extremely grateful and feels blessed to have received this scholarship.

 

2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients

  • McCall Moore, Texas Christian University, Business
  • Andrea Shannon, Baylor University, Business Journalism
  • Courtney Kalberer, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Nursing

 

McCall Moore

McCall Moore is a Class of 2013 Chatham High School graduate, in Chatham, NJ. In August, McCall will be attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. McCall plans to major in business and become involved in many new clubs and sports. While at Chatham High, McCall played 4 years of varsity softball and soccer, and was involved in the schools Pep Club, Habitat for Humanity Club, Key Club, and volunteered with many other organizations outside of the school. McCall is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, and has been on two mission trips with her church. The first was a trip to Pickens, West Virginia, where many members of the church spent the week making repairs on two houses in the town, while talking with the families who lived there. The second was a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, where many church members helped construct a house over the course of one week. McCall is very active in her community, and plans to continue her involvement at TCU in the fall. McCall is very thankful for this gift that the Woodsedge Community Church has given her.

 

Andrea Shannon

Andrea Shannon is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Class of 2012. Her senior year she was blessed with the leadership positions of Lieutenant Colonel of the Liberty Belles Drill Team and Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper. She was also a member of National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. Andrea has been involved with WoodsEdge Community Church for many years and even interned with the Student Ministry in the summer of 2012. She's been on mission trips with WoodsEdge to Mexico, L.A., Kenya, New York, and will be in Germany this summer with TeenStreet. Andrea loves using the gifts she's been blessed with to bring hope to the nations, and will continue to do so. Andrea recently finished her freshman year at Baylor University with a 4.0. She plans to use this scholarship to continue her success and graduate from Baylor with a BBA in Business Journalism.

 

Courtney Kalberer

Courtney is the middle daughter of Bill and Kathy and sister to Lindsay and Kelsey. She was born in Alpharetta, Georgia during a February ice storm. She has been homeschooled all her life. At an early age she enjoyed helping others who were hurt by praying for them, “pray… pray… boo boo heal…Amen” at age 2 and carrying around a Band-Aid in her pocket at age 4. It is no wonder that she has decided to pursue a career in nursing. Her other joy is children. She has worked in the infant nursery room at WoodsEdge Community Church, volunteered at Memorial Hermann Hospital, babysat numerous children, and worked at Frontier Camp. These activities have led her to want to specialize in neonatal nursing. Additionally, Courtney has maintained a high academic standard by obtaining a 4.29 GPA in high school through home study, honors classes, and dual credit classes at Lone Star College. She is a member of Mu Eta Sigma National Math Honor Society, and has been on the President’s List at Lone Star College for the last two semesters. Christian Youth Theater (CYT) was another passion for Courtney. She was involved in 10 productions and earned the prestigious Decathlon Award and the humbling Rose Award. Her favorite roles were Pocahontas in Pocahontas, Ruth in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and a feather duster in Beauty and the Beast. Other free time activities include Ultimate Frisbee, piano, and hanging out with friends. In the fall, she will be attending University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Go Cru!

 

2012-2013 Scholarship Recipients

  • Kiresha Johnson, Baylor University, Biochemistry and Business Administration
  • Austin Rumpel, Dallas Baptist University, Biblical Studies
  • Julia Rogers, Dallas Baptist University, Music Business

 

Kiresha Johnson

Kiresha Johnson is a sophomore at Baylor University. She is a Biochemistry Pre-Med major with a minor in Business Administration. She graduated from The Woodlands High School in 2011. Kiresha has been featured in the Houston Chronicle Ultimate as "Student of the Week" and served in many community service organizations. She served as a Memorial Hermann Junior Volunteer dedicating more than 300 hours. She also enjoys singing in her school gospel choir. She plans to have a career in the medical field. She believes she has been called to serve and bless children that are in need. Being a leader in many school organizations, and focusing on promoting a positive influence upon her peers, Kiresha is grateful and blessed to be a recipient of this scholarship.

 

Julia Rogers

Julia Rogers began homeschool in her junior and senior year of high school. She was able to attend Lone Star Montgomery College as a duel credit student and has accomplished thirty credits in three semesters by the time she graduated from high school in June 2011. This upcoming fall she will be attending Dallas Baptist University as a junior. She will be majoring in a BBA Degree of Music Business in hope of becoming a successful recording artist. She has a passion for leading and influencing others through Jesus Christ. She has led junior high girls during weekend retreats and found it to be rewarding. She felt privileged to spend time shepherding these younger students. She volunteers at Woodsedge Community Church in the Student Café and feeds the homeless at Gipson Park through the Life House Organization. She feels extremely blessed to have been awarded this scholarship to help her accomplish her dreams.

 

Austin Rumpel

Austin Rumpel is a class of 2012 Klein Oak High School graduate in Spring, TX. This upcoming fall he will be attending Dallas Baptist University. He will be majoring in Biblical Studies in hope of becoming a leader or pastor of a church. He lettered in Junior Air Force ROTC and also wrestled on as a part of his schools wrestling team for three years. He has a passion for helping and encouraging fellow believers and by the grace of God continues to grow in His relationship with God. Austin feels and is very blessed to receive this incredible scholarship!

 

 

 

2011-2012 Scholarship Recipients

  • Coleman Travis Moore, Lehigh University, Microbiology

  • Rebecca Sonnier, Lonestar College, Nursing
  • Chris Larson, Texas A&M University, International Studies
  • Lindsay Kalberer, Texas A&M University, Petroleum Engineering

 

Coleman Moore
Coleman Moore is a Class of 2011 Chatham High School graduate in Chatham, NJ. In late August, he will leave Chatham to attend his first year of college at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Coleman plans to major in Biology while following a pre-medical course track. Coleman is a math tutor and a lifeguard, but in his free time, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He is currently a member of the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, and has been on two mission trips with his church group. The first to Port Arthur, Texas and the second to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. He is an active contributor to his community, and plans to continue this commitment to community service in the fall at Lehigh University. He is very grateful for this gift that the WoodsEdge Community Church has given him
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Rebecca Sonnier
Rebecca Sonnier is a 2011 College Park High School Graduate. She plans to go to school for nursing at Austin Community College's ADN program. She has been involved in a small group at WoodsEdge Community Church for four years and an active volunteer in the childcare for the past two and a half years. Rebecca lettered in Academics her sophomore, junior and senior year of high school. She loves ministering and working with children and dreams to be a neonatal or pediatric nurse in the future.

 

Chris Larson
Chris Larson is a 2011 Graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School. In the fall, he will embark on his four year journey to Texas A&M University. As an individual who loves to sharpen himself mentally and physically, Chris will be joining the proud Aggie Corps of Cadets. His motivation to make the most of every opportunity offered is drawn from the Holy Spirit, which dwells in all of us. An important part of becoming a Temple for God (1 Corinthians 6: 19) is to live a life for His purpose rather than for our own. In a pursuit to understand truth in the laws of science God uses to bind our universe with, Chris will be pursuing a career in Biomedical Engineering.  His mentality of commitment carried into his time with Cross Country. He was honored with being the team Captain of Concordia’s Varsity team. Given this honor his senior year, he trained extensively the summer before with Klein Oak High School’s elite team. As an athlete, and a proud Concordia Crusader, he went above and beyond so that he would be able to successfully lead his friends by example. This style of leadership is one that Chris prays to demonstrate in every aspect of his life. Chris has been truly blessed to receive the WoodsEdge Memorial Scholarship. Please pray that he can bring glory to God with the opportunity of this scholarship provides.)

 

Lindsay Kalberer
Lindsay Kalberer has been home educated since kindergarten and calls herself a "homeschool guinea pig." Lindasy has maintained a 4.31 GPA in high school through honors and dual credit classes. She is a charter member of Mu Eta Sigma, the National Math Honor Society for the homeschool commnity. Volunteering weekly at WoodsEdge Community Church with the 5th and 6th grade class to help them develop Christ-like character has brought her much joy. Her love of the Spanish language has taken her on mission trips to Mexico, Honduras, and Ecuador. Honduras was her most memorable trip because she helped drill two fresh water wells for a village. In addition, her travels have taken her to France, Italy, and Greece as a student ambassador with People to People. Lindsay is also an accomplished pianist. She has participated in guild, competitions, festivals, recitals, and has taken the state music theory test every year in high school, scoring above 93% each time. Her other passion is volleyball, having played setter with three different teams, SATCH, Select1, and Lone Star College -- Montgomery Mavericks. In the fall, she will pursue a B.S. degree at Texas A&M in Petroleum Engineering.

 

2010-2011 Scholarship Recipients

  • Ryan Dohner, University of Texas at Austin, Business, minor in Sports Management

  • Maria Perez, Sam Houston State University, Special Education

Ryan Dohner
Ryan Delon Dohner is a 2010 graduate from Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas.  He was awarded the "Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year" at Klein Oak High School for his accomplishments in track and cross country. Ryan won the Texas 5A State Champion title in the 3200 meters.  He will be attending the University of Texas at Austin in the fall where he received a partial scholarship for their Cross Country and Track Teams. Ryan plans to study General Business with a minor in Sports. Ryan has been a member of WoodsEdge Community Church his entire life where he is active in the youth programs. Ryan was involved in the Student Band for most of his Jr. and High School years playing the drums. Ryan has spent his past three summers doing Cross Country Training and working as a lifeguard. He has also been the team leader for Klein Oaks cross country and track. Ryan aspires to be a professional runner and desires to help others reach their dreams. Ryan relies on and gives credit to the Lord Jesus Christ for all of his accomplishments and for what he will continue to do in his life.  Ryan feels very privileged to have been considered for this scholarship and considers it an honor to be signified as a recipient of this scholarship.

 

Maria Perez
Maria Bayardo Perez has her Associate of Art and Science degree and presently is attending Sam Houston State University to complete her Bachelor's degree and to obtain her teaching certificate in Elementary Education. She especially enjoys working with young elementary children and loves their smiles when they accomplish something that seemed too hard for them at first. Maria has learned that "All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me," and she is encouraged by God's Word, knowing that the hardest thing in life is for someone to go through life without the "hope" that only God can provide. She knows her troubles are temporary and that God always sees her through them. She is excited to be able to continue towards God's plan for her life and she knows that the WECC Memorial was a "gift from the Lord"!  "Thank you Mrs. Marshall for being a vessel for Christ's blessing!" 

 

2009-2010 Scholarship Recipients

  • Sylvia Andino, Amiel Christian School, Theological Studies

  • Shelby Kennard, University of Kentucky, News Broadcasting

Sylvia Andino
Sylvia Andino is the "Nanny" for Judy Paine-Marshall's two youngest grandsons, Owen and Emmett Ramirez who live in Dallas, TX. When Judy was waiting for her daughter, Kendall, to arrive home one afternoon, she had an opportunity to visit with Sylvia as she was caring for her grandsons and was impressed with Sylvia's heart and her also being enrolled in the Amiel Christian School in Garland, TX. Sylvia wants to be a counselor and finish her four years at Amiel and then transfer to the Irving Branch. Her greatest wish "is to help others and to become a counselor who follows God's Word with the help of the Holy Bible." What a gift she is to the boys and it warmed Judy's heart to know that she was teaching her grandson's Spanish and loving them in the process.

 

Shelby Kennard
Shelby is a 2009 graduate of Rockwall High School in Rockwall, Texas. She was involved in cheerleading, track, D-FY-IT, student council, wake boarding club, FCA, Academic Booster Club, DECA, Club Vaultitude, and Cheer Athletics. She was also on a competitive cheerleading team where she won five national titles and a world championship. She went to state all three years in pole vaulting and plans to go her senior year, too. She won third place her Sophomore year and second place her Junior year. She also has gone to nationals for pole vaulting six times and won two national titles. She is a member of Lake Point church where she serves in the nursery. She attends bible study with a close group of friends weekly and plans to go on a mission trip this summer. She will continue her walk with Christ in college and set a good example for others in hopes that they will also grow closer to the Lord. She is going to be attending the University of Kentucky next year where she plans to continue pole vaulting and secure a degree in News Broadcasting.  She hopes to be an anchor on ESPN one day.

 

2008-2009 Scholarship Recipients

  • Anna Crockett, University of Texas at Austin, Government

  • Janet Kasper, Lone Star College, Business Management

  • Sam Sutherland, Colorado School of Mines, Engineering

Anna Crockett
Anna is a 2008 graduate of Plano East Senior High School in Plano, Texas. She was a member of the International Baccalaureate Programme, which focuses on the worldwide community and how to learn in a rapidly globalizing world. Anna was also in the Advanced Placement program, and the Liberal Arts Honors Program, as well as band. She is seeking a degree in Government and is contemplating taking on a second degree in cultural studies or foreign language. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she plans on attending a graduate school for a masters, then PhD in international relations. Her goal is a career in diplomacy or foreign service to fight for those who don't have a political voice.

  

  

Janet Kasper
Janet plans to gain an undergraduate degree in Business Management through Lone Star College, and then go on to pursue her Masters in Social Work through the University of Houston. Janet's heart is to be a voice for those who don't have one. She desires to use both degrees to be an advocate for the poor, oppressed, and hopeless, bringing hope to those who need to know that God has a plan and purpose for their life, empowering them to find that purpose and live it. Janet and her husband live in Conroe with their 17-year-old daughter, Danielle.

  

      

Sam Sutherland
Sam Sutherland is a 2008 graduate of the Woodlands High School. He was an Advanced Placement (AP) State Scholar with Distinction, and an AP International Scholar, as well as National Hispanic Scholar. He will be attending Colorado School of Mines in the fall and will be majoring in either Petroleum or Mechanical Engineering. Sam also competes in the sport of Triathlons, he is a three time All-American and a two time National Champion. He hopes to continue to pursue greatness in triathlons as well as in academics in the coming years. Sam currently attends Trinity Episcopal Church in the Woodlands where he has served on the praise team for the last three years playing drums and is also active with the youth group and Young Life. Sam will attend the Junior Nationals in Colorado Springs this August to continue his sport and hopefully join the USA team for the 2009 season.

 

  

2007-2008 Scholarship Recipients

  • Sam Diaz, Bogota, Columbia. Philosophy major, Wheaton College

  • Sandy Jenkins, Dallas Baptist University, EdD in Higher Educational Administration and Leadership

Sam Diaz
Sam is currently a senior at Wheaton College with a major in Philosophy with a concentration in Psychology. He also has an art minor in Film/Film Aesthetics, which basically means the philosophy of art and visual meaning. Sam plays soccer and does graphic design. He is actively involved with documentary work, as well as with writing a book on the intersection between culture and theology.

Sam was born in Bogota, Columbia, and lived in Quito, Ecuador.  With his father's job as a missionary and doctoral student, Sam has moved 14 times.

He plans to attend graduate school in New York City and study Art and Philosophy, then teach, within the church or academia, with film-making as a profession.

 

 

Sandy Jenkins
Sandy is a doctoral student who is attending Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas. She is pursuing an EdD in Higher Educational Administration and Leadership. Upon completion of her degree, Sandy hopes to become a leader/administrator in a two-year Bible College or Bible Institute that trains and teaches minority leaders. There are so many lay leaders and pastors who cannot afford a seminary education nor a full four-year degree. According to Sandy, "These institutes and colleges are critical and they are providing training for these leaders who are on the front lines of education in minority churches. Their strong desire to grow in the knowledge of God's Word requires the support of good educators and administrators." Sandy's dream is to help make their dreams come true and to continue the Mission Statement of the HDM Scholarship Fund, 

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!"

Judy first met Sandy Jenkins while she was visiting with a  friend, Dave Meek in New Zealand after her two-week cycling trip in February 2005 around Franz Josef Glacier/Mt. Cook Village in the South Island. Sandy, Dave Meek, Vera Cotrino and Judy spent several weeks together traveling by car visiting the North and South Islands of New Zealand and becoming fast friends with much to share with one another. Again, "Congratulations Sandy on your higher education goals!"

 

2006-2007 Scholarship Recipients

  • Kevin Linton, New Hampshire. History major, University of New Hampshire

  • Denis Karnoscak, Athens, Greece. Physics major, Colorado School of Mines

During Judy's trip to New Zealand to bike the Southern Alps tour with http://www.pedaltours.co.nz/, Judy earned enough money from her friends and family to sponsor two young candidates for 2006-2007.  Both are outstanding young men who have some of their roots through the Stillwater Community Chapel, Grand Lake, CO where Judy goes to church in the summer time while visiting at her cabin.

Kevin Linton
Kevin is the grandson of Paul and Lois Linton (Paul is a member of the Board of Elders at Stillwater Community Chapel), and son of David Linton and his mother, Mary Jo.  I have known the elder Lintons since 1995 when I first began attending Stillwater Chapel.  I became acquainted with Kevin Linton through A.C.T. (Adopt-A-Caring-Teen) at the church.  I knew very little about Kevin when I signed up to be his adoptive prayer partner.  Through our emails this year, I have come to know a young man in ways that normally doesn't happen between and teen and an adult.  Kevin is conscientious, a mover and a shaker, & is also quiet and reserved all at the same time.  He is President of his Senior Class at Kennett High School in Conway, NH. Kevin plans to major in history at the University of New Hampshire. I am proud to know this young man and am looking forward to seeing him in Grand Lake, CO this August when the $1000 scholarship and plaque will be awarded to him during the Missions Conference (2nd weekend in August).

 

Denis Karnoscak
I have known Denis since 1995. He is the son of the late Mike Karnoscak and his wife, Cyndi. Mike was the first Youth Pastor at Stillwater Community Chapel. I met him when he answered an ad I had placed in the newspaper to rent out my cabin for the winter. Mike came to the cabin to convince me that he had the "neatest" son in the world; he told me that he and his wife had adopted Denis from Russia. My ad specifically said, "No Children.” Well unless you had known Mike.....I was to find out that he was the most charismatic individual that I was ever to meet. There was no way that I could turn down his plea. Because my husband, Hollis was becoming quite ill with his Alzheimer's, I knew that I would not be returning to my cabin for several years. Mike and Cyndi and Denis lived in it for two and a half years....when they decided to build their own home in Silver Creek. Mike and Cyndi co-founded and co-directed CrossLink International Ministries www.crosslinkministries.org. They took youth from the US on cross-cultural Christian mission trips to Russia, Cuba, Mexico and finally to Greece where they moved prior to the 2004 Summer Olympics. Mike died there unexpectedly in July 2005 from a heart attack. There certainly must have been a profound and special project in Eternity for this charismatic Man of God. Every time Mike was in a picture.....he would point skywards with his index finger signifying that it is all about "Jesus Christ, He is the One and Only!" He is sorely missed by Denis and Cyndi and their many friends. Denis has been accepted by Colorado School of Mines and I am hopeful that he and Cyndi will be back in Grand Lake, CO, in time for the Stillwater Chapel Mission's Conference and for the congregation to again meet this young man who is certainly that "neat" young man his father described to me back in 1995. Denis we know that you will continue to make your two Father's proud!

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2005-2006 Scholarship Recipient

  • Jonathan A. Franks, Texas.  Kinesiology major, Kingwood College, Kingwood, Texas

Photo: Jonathan with Judy and Dr. Linda Stegall, 
President, Kingwood College

Jonathan Franks
There is certainly an incredible story to tell about the 2005-2006 HDM Scholarship recipient, Jonathan Franks.

If you have been following along with my website and my bike training (or lack of) you will be interested in how he was chosen.  On 1/26/05 I biked from my home in River Plantation, Conroe, TX to my photovideo lab in Kingwood, TX.  As I left Kingwood, I looked out through my rear view mirror which hooks onto my glasses to check out the traffic behind me.  In doing so, I ran my front tire into a "chuck hole" and it flipped me into a ditch filled with 4 feet of water and mud.  I sat there for a minute really dazed but knew I had no broken bones.  I didn't think anyone had seen me fall!

But to my amazement, a young man crossed the median and came down into the ditch and said, "Hey Lady, are you OK?"  I told him yes, but that my pride was hurt a little.  At that point he helped me up and all the water and mud began to flow out of my helmet into my eyes.  He brought me back home in his car to Conroe.  In the meantime Jonathan told me that he was a student of kinesiology at Kingwood College and was wanting to go to Sam Houston State College to get a teaching degree and coach.  I listened with interest as he was talking about how he was wanting to help other young men and women, as he had recently sustained an injury that was keeping him from playing football for awhile.  I also learned later that he has an identical twin brother, Joel, who is also attending Kingwood College. Jonathan showed by stopping to help pick me up that he is a present day "Good Samaritan," and he demonstrated that he possessed a heart to help others. This is truly the "spirit" of individuals chosen for the HDM Scholarship.

I didn't get his address or phone number when he dropped me off, as I was still a little dumbfounded.  I gave him my card and asked him to email me.  He didn't but it became apparent to me (in the middle of the night) that God had chosen the next HDM scholarship recipient!  I went to Kingwood College (twice) to see if I could get his address and phone number.  But because of their restrictions to give out personal information on their students I hit a dead end.  I decided to go by the President's Office to see if she could help.  She was not in her office but I was given a business card for the school's Director of College Relations and Cable Communications who along with her assistant did a lot of discovery work for me.  Jonathan Franks did call me finally and the school is wanting to take our pictures along with the HDM Scholarship plaque and letter which acknowledges him being awarded the $1000.00 scholarship to be used at the college of his choice this coming fall.  If there is any doubt in your minds that God can orchestrate "good out of difficult circumstances" this oughta shake you up a little.  I am forever amazed! 

Romans 8:28, The Living Bible:  "And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans." 

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2004-2005 Scholarship Recipient

  • Sheryl L. Japczynski, Texas.  Associate of Applied Sciences, Associate Degree Nursing, Montgomery College in Conroe, Texas

Sheryl Japczynski
Sheryl, a nursing student in The Woodlands, Texas, was not eligible for a Pell Grant for the 2004 school year when her husband lost his job. She is taking her preliminary courses at Montgomery Community College. She is a tremendous example of the "Pass It On" philosophy as she encourages other students in her class. In her career choice of Nursing, she will be continually uplifting others with her life skills and also through her deep faith in Jesus Christ. Sheryl and Scott have one child in college and three in high school (two seniors and one junior), and she hopes to graduate from college when they do. 

 

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2003-2004 Scholarship Recipients

  • Veljko Komanovic, Sisak, Croatia. Computer User Support, Technical Institute in  Sisak, Croatia, University of Zagreb in Croatia
  • Josip Deak, Sisak, Croatia.  Mathematics major, University of Zagreb in Croatia

Both of these young men were chosen without my having met them personally.  

Veljko Komanovic
Veljko is the son of Milos Komanovic, Pastor of the Baptist church in Sisak, Croatia.  Veljko was handpicked by John & Lois Stefan, Founders of Helping Hands Foundation because of his interest in computers and his desire and willingness to help with the computer maintenance of the courses being offered to the community through the church.  He is completing his training through the Technical Institute in Sisak, Croatia.

Josip Deak
Josip is a younger brother of Tea Deak, the HDM Scholarship recipient for 2002-2003.  Tea told me many stories about her brother while she lived with me and about his interest in computers.  In Croatia at the University of Zagreb it was difficult to get into the computer classes unless one had one of the highest scores and so he decided to get in the backway by signing up for the less popular mathematics courses.  He is quite resourceful and I understand from Tea can really "pinch a penny"!  He has continued to send me emails and internet cards on special occasions and I have truly appreciated his humor and heart.  Quite unusual for a "macho young man"!  He, like his sister, Tea....both have quite lofty aspirations.

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2002-2003 Scholarship Recipient

  • Tea Deak, Croatia. Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) Certification, Montgomery College, Conroe, TX

Tea Deak
Tea, a theology student from Sisak, Croatia, is the second recipient of the Hollis D. Marshall Scholarship. Tea was awarded this scholarship so she could attend Montgomery College (MC) in Conroe, Texas, and obtain the Microsoft Office User Specialist Certification (MOUS). Tea is now back in her home town, Sisak, and has set up the MOUS certification program at her church, under the direction of John and Lois Stefan.  With the MOUS certification from MC, Tea is qualified to teach the full suite of Microsoft Office products: Word I-II, Excel I-II, Access I-II, PowerPoint, and FrontPage (web page construction for the internet). During her stay in the U.S., Tea lived with Judy. Her first semester at MC, Tea maintained a 4.0 grade point average.

She first came to Judy Marshall's attention through John and Lois Stefan, Founders of Helping Hands Foundation.  They were missionaries in Croatia at the end of the Balkins War.  John had retired from Exxon as a computer technician and Lois, his wife was a retired school teacher.  They were wanting to help in some way in Croatia and the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Sisak came to them to see if they might teach computers to individuals who had none of the skills needed to obtain a job.  John and Lois undertook starting a basic computer school and one of their interpreter's was Tea Deak.  Tea had a bachelor's degree in Theology and spoke excellent English.  After emailing with the Stefans, it was decided that Tea would be a good candidate to come to the US and live with me for a year while she obtained the MOUS certification which would qualify her to go home to Croatia and teach all the Microsoft software products and even build web pages.  Tea came to live with me at a particularly difficult time in my life when I had just lost my late husband, Hollis Marshall's to Alzheimer's.  That year was an incredible year for me and I have to believe it was the same for Tea.  She became my Croatian daughter and now has returned to Croatia where she has set up a first class program for the students in Sisak.  Tea also goes to Serbia to teach in a school she helped to set up there.  Tea is someone that has tremendous energy and many great ideas which she continues to carry out.  She is considering returning to university to get her Masters and Doctorate in Theology so that she can continue to help the women (and men) that she comes in contact with.  She has been "paying back" ever since she returned home.....but while living with me she encouraged me to "get back into the fight of life"!  Thank-you, Tea.

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2001-2002 Scholarship Recipient

  • Wendy Patzewitsch, Bryan, Texas. Doctoral Candidate; Texas A&M University, Geosciences Dept., College Station, Texas.

Photo: Wendy and Judy

Wendy Patzewitsch
Wendy was the first HDM Scholarship Recipient and was formerly employed as a Geophysicist by ARCO Oil and Gas Co.  She was chosen because of her gift for teaching and helping others while at ARCO.  She knew Hollis Marshall by his reputation as a renowned Consulting Geologist and they met once at a course they both attended at ARCO.  Ms. Patzewitsch was a close friend of Judy Paine-Marshall's when they worked together at the Plano lab.  Wendy obtained her BS in Mathematics at Trinity University, her MS in Geophysics at SMU and is now working on her PhD in Historical Environmental Geography at TAMU.  At Bryan she is now teaching classes and is pursuing her purpose in life to help educate and nurture new students.  In her meager spare time Wendy works with her horses and mules at her farm in Bryan.

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