Legacy

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 $1,230,000 in college grants to deserving students thanks to the strong support of committed volunteers, charitable organizations and companies in North Texas.

History

The Scovell Foundation now has 10 named scholarships for high school seniors entering their first year of college:

  • AT&T Award (Outstanding high school student applicant)
  • Mary Dupree Scovell Award (Outstanding female applicant)
  • Cotton Bowl Athletic Association Scholarship
  • Hunt Consolidated Scholarship
  • Ben E. Keith Company Scholarship
  • “Catfish” Montgomery Scholarship
  • Dan S. Petty Scholarship
  • Jack B. Prince Scholarship
  • J. Curtis Sanford Parade Scholarship (Outstanding applicant involved in performing arts in support of athletic programs)
  • Texas Tech Scholarship (Outstanding applicant attending Texas Tech University)

In addition, the Scovell Foundation awards five E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson Scholarships to the top previous scholarship winners still enrolled in college.

Our Founder

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 $1,230,000 in student grants.

Our Namesakes – Field and Mary Scovell

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
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
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