Francine Hope and the Hope Family, along with the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Community Foundation are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 MCCF Ruben W. Hope, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is Elise Marie Ohnheiser, a 2020 graduate from Conroe High School.  This scholarship supports her first semester at the Baylor University where she is seeking a degree in Kinesiology and Leisure Studies.

The Hope Family created this scholarship as a memorial to the late Ruben W. Hope, Jr.’s contributions to the Montgomery County community which he served throughout his adulthood.  His wife, Francine, said Ruben was the first in his family to go to college.  Working his way through college and law school made him a strong proponent of higher and post high school education.  He connected his love of education and community service by serving on the board of Conroe ISD and as the area’s State Representative.  He passed many bills designed to help and protect students.  Sports were another of his passion’s and he was active in an number of local sports organizations.

The 2020 winner of this scholarship, Ms. Ohnheiser, was active at Conroe High School and in her community.  She was a member of the CHS cheerleading squad as well as a member of National Honor Society.  Her community service was with the Conroe Junior Cotillion and Life Teen.  She volunteered at an annual Relay for Life event for cancer patients and survivors and worked with elementary, intermediate and middle school students through Read for a Better Life.

The Hope Family along with the board of the Montgomery County Community Foundation, are proud to award this scholarship to Ms. Ohnheiser.  The Ruben W. Hope, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is available to Conroe High School graduating seniors who are active in athletics, demonstrate a financial need and plan to continue their post high school education. Interested students should contact their school counselor for the application in the spring of 2021.

Montgomery County Community Foundation unites donors’ passions with the future by creating legacies that improve the quality of life of Montgomery County residents through post high school scholarships and support of non-profits serving Montgomery County.  To find out more about MCCF, go to or call Julie Martineau at 281.367.8158. .