Established in 1991, the Field and Mary Scovell Scholarship Foundation honors the legacy of longtime Dallas ambassador and philanthropist Field Scovell, and his wife of nearly 50 years, Mary, both of whom had a passion for young people and education.
The Scovell Foundation annually awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to North Texas youths with high moral character, leadership abilities, financial need and a connection to sports. The foundation funds 10 scholarships for graduating high school seniors planning on attending college in the state of Texas, as well as five continuing scholarships for previous Scovell Scholars still in college.
Dallas civic leader and philanthropist Field Scovell formed the Dallas All Sports Association (DASA) in 1965 to honor distinguished athletic achievement and award scholarship grants to deserving students in North Texas.
In 1990, DASA President Jack B. Prince received approval from Mr. Scovell and the DASA board to create the Field Scovell Scholarship Foundation as DASA’s official scholarship program, with Mr. Prince serving as foundation president. As the Foundation grew, Mr. Prince appointed an independent board to oversee its operations.
The Scovell Foundation is now a volunteer-directed 501 (c) (3) organization. More than 99 percent of all Scovell Foundation contributions go to student scholarships.
The Scovell Foundation has awarded more than $780,000 in college grants to deserving students thanks to the strong support of committed volunteers, charitable organizations and companies in North Texas.
The Scovell Foundation now has 10 named scholarships for high school seniors entering their first year of college:
In addition, the Scovell Foundation awards five E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson Scholarships to the top previous scholarship winners still enrolled in college.
A native of Tennessee and veteran broadcast executive, Scovell Foundation Founder Jack B. Prince moved to Dallas in 1979 to lead sales efforts for Mutual Broadcasting’s coverage of the Southwest Conference. His first event in Dallas was the 1979 Cotton Bowl in Fair Park, where he watched Joe Montana guide Notre Dame to a miracle comeback over Houston following an overnight ice storm.
In 1982, Jack became the marketing representative for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and helped the symphony make a successful transition from the Fair Park Music Hall to the Meyerson Symphony Center.
As a director and later president of the Dallas All Sports Association (DASA), Jack became good friends with DASA’s founder Field Scovell, a legendary Dallas ambassador, philanthropist and civic leader. At Jack’s persistent urging, Field reluctantly agreed to serve as the namesake of DASA’s scholarship program.
Through Jack’s tireless efforts, the Scovell Foundation raised more than $1 million in contributions to provide scholarships to deserving students in North Texas. Since its founding in 1991, the Scovell Scholarship Foundation has awarded nearly $800,000 in student grants.
Field Scovell was the consummate goodwill ambassador and patriarch of the Dallas sporting community. His famous ‘Howdy, Podner’ greeting, spontaneous one-liners, and the crunch of his handshake opened countless doors for the City of Dallas.
For nearly four decades, Field served as Team Selection Chairman for the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. Some attributed his success to a dish of his famous homemade ice cream served up by his wife, Mary. Regardless of what his secret may have been, people around the world knew him simply as “Mr. Cotton Bowl.”
But Scovell’s reach went far beyond the Cotton Bowl. At one time or another, he was a member of the Dallas Independent School District Board; member of the Dallas Parks and Recreation Board; chairman of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce; president of the Salesmanship Club; director of Children’s Medical Center; and a lay leader in the Presbyterian church.
Despite all of Scovell’s numerous positions of service, the role he cherished most was that of a husband, father and grandfather. Field passed away in 1992 at the age of 85, but through the work of the Foundation, his legacy continues to serve future generations.
It’s often said that behind every great man is a great woman and for nearly 50 years, Mary Scovell stood by Field’s side. She was the matriarch of the Scovell Family.
Mary Scovell was the high watermark for academic achievement in the Scovell family. She was the valedictorian of her High School class and was a part of the precursor to Phi Beta Kappa at SMU. Mary Scovell was a volunteer at Children’s hospital for more than 50 years and embodied a life of selfless service that the foundation seeks to reproduce.
Mary did a masterful job of carrying on Field’s Legacy. Family was the priority for Mary, and all of Field and Mary’s children and grandchildren are still involved in the work of the Scovell Scholarship Foundation.
Following her passing in December 2007, the Foundation received more than $225,000 in contributions in memory of Mrs. Scovell.