Vernon and Donna DeMark Memorial Scholarship


Vernon was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a teenager he came to the Caldwell area, attended Middleton High School, and began his career in auto mechanics. Over the years he worked for Burns Chevrolet, Tom Edmark Motors, and as a partner in Tott’s Phillips 66 gas station, which was on the southeast corner of 10th and Cleveland. Donna was born in Boise and grew up throughout the Treasure Valley. She attended Junior High and High School in Caldwell where she participated in numerous sports and clubs. She worked at Canyon Drug and, later, Quick Curb where she met Vernon. Vernon married Donna in 1954 and together they built the DeMark Auto family business. Under Vernon and Donna’s management, the business evolved from a used car lot to a complete automotive repair facility and parts store. Together, Vernon and Donna ran this business and served the Caldwell community for over 60 years. Vernon loved cars and raced competitively at the speedways in the region. Vernon and Donna were true advocates for public education, huge supporters of athletic programs, and were very involved with community sports and athletics. Vernon served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Caldwell School District for 20 years, from 1985 to 2005. Vernon and Donna had three children, Lori (who married Chuck Stout), Tony (who married Bonnie Jones), and Craig (who married Becky Hacker). All three children and many family members are graduates of Caldwell High School. Vernon and Donna were devoted to their family and enjoyed spending time with them at their cabin in Donnelly, hunting, fishing, and camping.


  • Completed Application

  • Applied to and have been accepted by an accredited vocational, trade, or community college program

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Demonstrated ability, self-discipline, and determination to complete chosen program

  • Applicant must be involved in extracurricular activities such as athletics, sports, music, volunteer work, military, student government, clubs, church activities, etc., and/or demonstrated community or school service

  • Completed 300- 500 word essay, “How my participation in extracurricular activities and service has helped me prepare for my future”

  • Submitted three (3) Letters of Recommendation from a Teacher, a Neighbor, & a Student specifically addressing the applicant’s involvement in community, church, and/or school activities

  • Financial need insofar as the recipient will benefit from the scholarship in such a way as to significantly help the student attend chosen post-secondary educational program

  • Transcript/ACT and/or SAT scores

  • Closing Date: 03-14-2024 11:45pm

    Caldwell High School Students Can Apply:

    Canyon Springs High School Students Can Apply:

    College of Idaho Matching Funds Scholarship:



    Scholarship Contact

    Kathleen O'Bannon

    Application Information

    The application window is now OPEN for the 2023-2024 application period.