Mary Pilgreen Memorial Scholarship

  • Mary Pilgreen




    Mary was a highly regarded teacher, counselor, vice principal, and principal before her retirement in 1999 after thirty-three years of service to Springfield Public Schools. Her death in 2008 saddened friends, family, and colleagues, but her memory continues to inspire others. 

  • Golf and Raffle Event 2022

    We hope you can join us! 

    August 15, 2022

    Mini-Golf 4:00 pm • Roaring Rapids Pizza 5:00 pm • Contest Winners 6:00 pm

    The Mary Pilgreen Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarship money to graduating seniors from Springfield Public Schools who are interested in pursuing careers in the education field. 

    Golf and Raffle information

    All golfers are welcome! Find your team of four, or as an individual, sign up on the accompanying registration sheet, send in your check, and come to Camp Putt on August 15. There will be raffle tickets for sale at 3:45 pm prior to the mini-golf check-in at 4:00 pm. Save time - bring address labels for your raffle tickets! Premier tickets are $5 each; general tickets are sold in groups of 5 for $5. 

    Roaring Rapids Pizza and Raffle

    A portion of food orders at Roaring Rapids Pizza will be donated to the Mary Pilgreen Memorial Scholarship Fund. Raffle ticket sales will continue at the check-in table at the canopy, and you will also receive your pizza ticket to turn in at the counter when you order. Enter through the side gate. 

    No flyer needed! Dine in or take-out!

    Tell your friends and family to join us to help us raise scholarship funds to continue our tradition of awarding scholarship money to support future teachers graduating from SHS, THS, GHS, A3, or Willamette Leadership Academy. 

    Premier Prizes

    3 Nights Sunriver House plus gift card pack
    Chef T Dinner for Four to Go
    Willamette Valley Winery Tour and Tasting plus Wine Gift Basket

    Regular Prizes

    Plank Town gift card
    Fiddler’s Green round of golf
    Herrick Farms gift basket
    Cabela’s gift cards
    Sweet Life gift cards
    Costco gift card
    Fred Meyer gift cards
    Creswell Bakery gift card
    Roaring Rapids gift card
    Wildlife Safari tickets
    Oakshire Brewing gift certificate
    Papa’s Pizza gift certificate
    Lotions gift basket
    Jerry’s gift card
    NAPA gift bucket

    Mary Pilgreen was a lifelong educator, and the scholarship fund honors her dedication to Springfield Public Schools and the field of education. Since the 2010-11 school year, the Mary Pilgreen Scholarship Fund has awarded a total of $24,500 to SPS graduates.



  • 2021 Virtual Raffle

    With a sparkling disco ball as a backdrop, our raffle team was back for version 2.1. Jeff Fuller, EJ Rotherham, and John Zreliak gave away hundreds of dollars’ worth of prizes while John Sperry performed his magic with the camera. Thank you, gentlemen!

    The scholarship committee would like to thank not only our local businesses who generously donated a variety of prizes for the raffle, but also to all of those individuals who purchased 1,450 tickets. Added to cash donations, our total is presently $2610

  • Mary Pilgreen Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year to honor Mary’s passion for education. Scholarships are awarded to Springfield School District seniors who plan to major in education, have a higher than average academic standing, provide two letters of recommendation, and have been involved in extra-curricular activities and community service.

    The top 2019 $1000 scholarship winner is Dawn Harrison, a senior at Springfield High School. She plans to attend the University of Oregon and major in music education.

    Two students tied for the second scholarship. Winners of $500 scholarships are Flynn Huston from Thurston High School and Nick Jones, a student at Springfield High. Flynn will be majoring in education at the University of Oregon. Nick will be attending Lane Community College, majoring in mathematics and education.

    Applications for the $1000 scholarship may be picked up in the career centers at Springfield and Thurston high schools and from guidance counselors at Gateways High School, the Academy of Arts and Academics (A3), and Willamette Leadership Academy. Applications are due in March, 2020.

    There's Something About Mary

    Born in 1944, Mary grew up in Helix, Oregon, a small, wheat farming community a few miles north of Pendleton. After graduating from Helix High School, she attended the University of Oregon. While earning her B.S. in Physical Education and M.S. in Counseling and Administrative Certification, she formed life-long friendship with her sisters in the Delta Gamma Sorority.

    During the thirty-three years that Mary was employed with the Springfield School District, she served in a number of different capacities. She spent four years as a physical education teacher, four years as a junior high school counselor, and three years as a senior high school counselor. Mary also coached volleyball and gymnastics. She then became a middle school assistant principal for twelve years and afterwards, a middle school principal for ten years. She was the founding principal of Agnes Stewart. Her time there was cut short by a diagnosis of congestive heart failure, and she retired from education – but not for long. After spending time rehabilitating her heart, she signed on to substitute. She later commented that she would be a better principal after standing in the shoes of classroom teachers again.

    One always to set goals, Mary decided to train to walk a marathon. Walking was already part of her rehab program, and so the training began, which included walking half-marathons. Before her death, she completed three marathons: Portland, Mayor’s Midnight Sun (Anchorage), and Avenue of the Giants in the Redwoods.

    Never one to be idle, when her daughter’s college volleyball team was left without a cook for the preseason training, Mary gathered together her recipes and spent six weeks in Hawaii preparing team meals. On a whim one day in Pendleton, after stopping at a Princess Cruise Line recruiting table, she signed on to work at their hotel in Talkeetna, Alaska, a summer job she returned to each year until her passing. One of the benefits of being an employee was discounted cruises, so she began cruising. The last cruise she planned on taking was the Caribbean, but she passed away just days before the cruise. Mary had a wicked sense of humor, and a colleague quipped that Mary probably, upon entering the Pearly Gates, remarked, “Really? You couldn’t have waited two weeks?”

    Mary eventually returned to Helix to remodel her childhood home, and she accepted a job as a middle school principal for the Athena-Weston School District. Sadly, Mary passed away in 2008 before learning that the school received an exceptional rating from the Oregon Department of Education. She was credited with bringing about changes that led to significant student gains. The superintendent of Athena-Weston Schools described Mary as “not just a principal, but a friend and mentor to everyone.”