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George W. Marshall, Jr. Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship

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George W. Marshall, Jr.
George W. Marshall, Jr.

The George W. Marshall, Jr. Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship was created in 1992, for the benefit of the Jackson School of Geosciences. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Ada Mae Marshall of Houston. The endowment honors her late husband, George William Marshall, Jr., a 1948 graduate of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin.

George came to UT Austin after his discharge from the U.S. Army Air Force at the end of World War II. His wife, Ada Mae, and son, George III, joined him in Austin. George was determined to make up for time lost to the war and completed his B.A. in Geology in three years, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.

In 1948, he went to work as a geologist for what was then Continental Oil Company in Hobbs, New Mexico. George remained with Conoco for many years, making stops in Midland, Roswell, N.M., Fort Worth, Houston, and Ponca City, Okla. During this time, the family grew to include sons Bob, born in Midland, and Kenneth, born in Fort Worth.

George and Ada Mae Janicke Marshall
George and Ada Mae Janicke Marshall

In 1972, George and Ada Mae returned to Houston, where he retired after 35 years. In retirement, George was actively involved in English as a Second Language programs and enjoyed teaching others.

George always considered UT Austin the greatest university in the nation, having provided him with the best education to pursue his career. He often recalled the many professors that had such a positive impact on his education and spoke of their lasting impact.

When George passed away in 1991, Ada Mae established the George W. Marshall Jr. Endowed Presidential Scholarship in his memory.

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