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BISD Scholarship Established in Honor of Former Temple Mayor

BEEF-Marshal check presentation

BELTON, TX – In the breeze outside the Marine Corps Junior ROTC classroom at Belton High School on Monday, the lives of students were changed for generations.

Rob and Christina Marshall, of Temple, presented a $25,000 check to the Belton Educational Enrichment Foundation to establish a scholarship. The Keifer Marshall Jr. Memorial Scholarship honors Rob Marshall’s grandparents, Keifer and Sammie Marshall. 

Keifer Marshall Jr.  was a devoted civic, business and community leader. The Temple native served as a Temple city councilman for 10 years and mayor for two terms. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, where he survived the Battle of Iwo Jima. 

The $1,000 scholarship is earmarked for graduating Belton High seniors in the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program. 

“This is really meaningful for us to do as a family. I know he’d be incredibly proud,” Marshall said. “My grandfather was an important man in terms of my life. The Marine Corps was a huge part of his life and character development.”

Jay Taggart, a former Belton ISD school board president, said the scholarship is a great way to allow students to learn about true service and help them continue their education.

“To have a family like the Marshall family, that’s what makes this one so special,” Taggart said. “They were both outstanding citizens in the Belton-Temple area. Keifer Marshall Jr. was a true hero in World War II, but what he did the rest of his life is what sets him apart.”

September 28, 2020