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The Buddy Thompson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Amber Holland on February 6, 2024.  You can read Amber's narrative below. Her dream is to become a physical therapist and she is enrolled at Holmes Community College.  Please join us in wishing Amber great success as she builds a better future for herself and for her community.   A check for $1,000 was sent to Holmes Community College for Amber's student account.

Buddy Thompson
Memorial Scholarship

"Go Rest High on That Mountain"

Go rest high on that mountain
Son your work on Earth is done
Go to heaven a-shoutin'
Love for the Father and the Son

Edgar Earl (Buddy) Thompson was born in Grenada Mississippi on January 22, 1947 and passed away on July 12, 2016. He graduated from John Rundle High School in 1965 and later from Mississippi State University, where he received his BA and MA degrees.  Buddy taught English for many years and then followed his passion becoming a skilled photographer.  He and his wife, Beverly, were a true team of photographers, complementing each other’s skills.  Buddy was an avid reader, loved animals, and was a faithful member and leader at the First Presbyterian Church in Grenada.  He had a true ecumenical outlook, always looking for new opportunity to help others.

The Marie Maxey Foundation is honored to provide a $500 scholarship in memory of Buddy Thompson.  Our intent is to raise a $500 match from Buddy's friends and associates to award a total scholarship of $1,000 at the end of December 2023, to a deserving young person in Grenada that is pursuing a higher education or technical certification. Anyone wishing to donate to Buddy's scholarship can do so at the link below. 
To apply for the scholarship please send a 500 word or less narrative to on the challenges you have overcome in pursuing an education and how you plan to use the skills you are acquiring to help your community

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John Rundle High School Alumni

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Buddy Thompson
Class of 1965

Thanks to John Rundle High School (JRHS) alumni, we have received donations to honor the memory of our classmates and friends. Special thanks to David and Rita Hankins, John Hunter, George Chamberlain, Beverly Irby and Earle Burkley.

We thank our monthly donors -- Robert & Patti St. Thomas, Valerie Schlitt, and John Hunter. We are also thankful for continued, significant support from Tom and Eleanor Geiger, David Bathrick, Dick and Julia Goughnour, Michael Deal, Peter Deinken, David and Rita Hankins, George Chamberlain, Vince Campos, Mary Lee Stubblefield, Elisabeth Kivitashvli, John Cloutier, Jolyne Sanjak, Tanya Taylor, and Justin Maxey.


Donations can be made online here or by mail to Marie Maxey Foundation, 5525 Talon Court, Fairfax, Virginia 22032.

Total of Scholarships and Grants in 2023 Amounted to $14,500

Please Read a Copy of Our Annual Letter Summarizing Activities for 2023

Health Fair at Justice High School
Falls Church, Virginia

We were able to participate in a health fair at Justice High School today.  What a great day!   We provided information on the health risks of high blood pressure to over 50 people. Fifteen of those agreed to an assessment and were provided a CDC chart for tracking their blood pressure. We met two really good candidates -- high school seniors that want to pursue a healthcare career -- for our higher education scholarships.

The $500 Nancy Carpenter Dempsey scholarship was awarded to Nicholas Lee.  Nick is attending Holmes Junior majoring in IT and Computer Science.  He wrote a very personal but inspiring narrative.  See Nick's story here.

The Ruby Jones Scholarship did not have any applicants and the board has decided in consultation with her family to donate the funds raised for this scholarship ($2,000) to Woven with Hope.  

Sylvia Ayers Scholarship for $1,000 was
Awarded to Heber Oviedo
September 6, 2023 - George Mason University

Robert St. Thomas, a member of our board, presents the Sylvia Ayers Scholarship certificate and a check for $1,000 to Heber Oviedo. Read Heber's courageous story at the link below.

Dulce Deinken

1948 - 2018

Memorial Scholarship

The Dulce Deinken Scholarship for $1,000 was provided to Micah House in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  This scholarship was for job skills training for Daniel (one of the young men at Micah House).  Daniel is battling drug addiction and trying to create a life off the street.  His story is so poignant and such an example God's mercy that we were moved to help.  Given Dulce's Honduran roots, we know she would have approved. See Daniel's story here.

Dilian Deal

August 7, 1954 - December 15, 2021

Memorial Scholarship

The Dilian Deal Scholarship for $1,000 was provided to Casa del Lago in Dallas, Texas.  This scholarship sponsored a summer camp program for Daniel to grow in the Lord, improve his reading skills and make new friends.  We believe this kind of investment pays huge dividends.

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Learn more about Casa del Lago here.

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Christopher Goughnour

December 5, 1980 - December 15, 2018

Memorial Scholarship

Donal Mateo Feijoo Zambrano was awarded the Christopher Goughnour Memorial Scholarship on January 23, 2023, at Bryant High School in Alexandria, Virginia.  Mateo has enrolled in Northern Virginia Community College under the "Dream Catchers" program which provides support for students to transition from community college to George Mason University.  His major is in industrial psychology.  We believe that the dedication Mateo has shown in his studies will continue in his college career. 
This scholarship honors the memory of Christopher and his devotion to our country as an Army Ranger.  Christopher served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and was a loving father and husband. He tragically passed away in 2018 – he was 38 years old.
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Elena Bathrick

April 30, 1948 - April 15, 2019

Memorial Scholarship

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