MREF Grants and Scholarships
MREF strategically uses its resources to impact teaching and learning in the district inline with its mission to provide and enhance life-long educational opportunities in the Molalla River School District through grants and scholarships.
SLIDES: (1-5) Students demonstrate their mastery of the bow fire-starting kits that Joe Zenisek purchased for his science class through funds provided by an MREF mini-grant; (6-8) Student in Mata Kimmels 5th grade class at RPA culminate their Civil War Studies with a Civil War Reenactors funded by an MREF mini-grant; (9-10) Rory Murtaugh, the Latin teacher at RPA, added a guitar music class to the curriculum thanks to an MREF mini-grant.
Teacher Grants and Gifts
During the 2017-2018 district inservice day the MREF held six drawings for $100 bills - one for each building in the district. Here MHS recipient Kurt Van Deren shows off his prize with MREF Board member Dr. Joe Zenisek.
Teacher Mini Grants - 2019
MREF distributed minigrants to teachers in 2019 totaling $3657. Recipients included:
Previous Teacher Mini-Grants
MREF distributed 6 minigrants to teachers in 2016 totaling $2488.
MREF distributed 6 minigrants to teachers in 2015 totaling $2857. Recipients included:
2008 - MREF gave every teacher in the district a $50 gift card for a total of $7,700. That was the single largest donation MREF has given.
In 2010, the MREF has provided SMARTboards to select teachers throughout the district.
Share the Love
In 2014 MREF became the official fiscal sponsor of Share The Love allowing STL to continue its work in Molalla as a non-profit. To visit the STL website, click on the link below:
Maple Grove Scholarship Winners
Student Grants and Scholarships
MREF 2018 Scholarship Recipients, Ben Pruitt and Shelby Nauta flank MREF Board Member Bob Wendling. The MREF has awarded over $25,000 in scholarships since 1997.
Donna Wendling Memorial Scholarship
The MREF is pleased to be able to offer this $2000 annual scholarship in honor of Donna (Senora) Wendling, who taught Spanish at Molalla High from l979 until she retired in 2000. Many teachers, friends and former students have contributed to fund this scholarship in her honor. One of Senora’s greatest passions was to help students learn new skills and discover the joy of learning.
The purpose of the annual MREF scholarship is to recognize and provide financial assistance to a student pursuing an education in any degree program of study, at any university, four-year college, community college, technical or trade school.
Phyllis Parker Memorial Scholarship
In 2016 the MREF board agreed to oversee a new college scholarship in honor of Phyllis who was a business teacher at MHS. The scholarship will be open to seniors pursuing a career in business/technology and/or education.
If you would like to make a donation:
Make checks payable to MREF (please note that the money is for the Phyllis Parker scholarship);
Donna Walsh, MREF Treasurer
PO Box 912, Molalla, OR 97038
Maple Grove Grants
Maple Grove Parents' Club elected to use eScrip money to benefit former Maple Grove students. Any student through 12th grade that attended Maple Grove before it closed in 2010 may apply for funds up to $200 a year for educational purposes. There is a lifetime cap of $300.
To access Terms, Conditions and an Application forms, click on the link below:
Maple Grove Scholarship
Graduating seniors who attended Maple Grove may apply for a $750 scholarship to be used to continue their education in the fall after they graduate from high school.
Application forms can found be clicking on the link below: