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Jeanne M. Parrish Scholarship 

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Jeannie Mary McMullen Parrish

December 2, 1918 - November 3, 2014

Bradenton High School (Now Manatee High School) Class of 1935

The Jeanne M. Parrish $1,000.00 Scholarship was established to help talented and promising students who display a desire to continue their education and are struggling with the financial aspect of accomplishing their goal.   Financial need, desire to better themselves and academic ability are the main criteria for the scholarship.  Scholarship applications may be obtained through the College & Career Office at MHS. 

 Jeanne Mary McMullen Parrish was born in 1918 in Donalson, GA. and her family moved to Bradenton when she was five years old.  She started school at Ballard Elementary and graduated from Bradenton High School in 1935.  She receive her AB degree in Arts and Sciences from Florida State College for Women (Now Florida State University) in 1939 and started her teaching career at Bradenton High School in 1940. Jeanne met her future husband, Paul Parrish, Sr. at the USO, located across the street from the courthouse in Bradenton.  She was a captain in the USO.  Their son, Paul Parrish, Jr. graduated from Manatee High School in 1962.  While at MHS she taught English and served as the Chairman of the English Department. During her 37 years as a teacher it is estimated she taught between 7,000-8,000 students, many of whom went on to become prominent leaders of Manatee County. She was also sponsor of the Domestic Exchange for 18 years, accompanying 30 students in a private railroad car to many states. She was responsible for raising money by planning fish fries, spaghetti dinners and manning a booth at the M.H.S. football games.  In 2008, Jeanne was named Manatee High Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni.   A highlight of her life was celebrating her 90th birthday by taking her first hot air balloon ride over North Tampa.

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