Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Honors Marines and Raises $300,000 at
First St. Louis Awards Dinner
ST. LOUIS -- December 05, 2012
On December 7, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the nation’s oldest
and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military families, will
host the first St. Louis Awards Dinner and recognize leaders in business,
military and civic life who have contributed to the Scholarship Foundation’s
mission of Honoring Marines by Educating Their Children. In anticipation of
this dinner, the St. Louis community has already raised over $300,000 to send
the children of Marines to college in 2013.
In its 50^th anniversary year, the Scholarship Foundation has awarded more
than $6 million to almost 2,000 students across the country. Since 1962, the
Scholarship Foundation has funded more than 30,000 scholarships valued at over
$70 million, creating a lasting legacy for active and veteran Marines and
changing the lives of their sons and daughters, with particular attention to
those whose parents have been killed or wounded in combat.
“The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation thanks community and corporate
leaders in St. Louis and across Missouri for the support they have shown
Marine Corps families and for their investments in the future leaders of our
country,” said Margaret Davis, President and CEO of the Marine Corps
Community leaders who exemplify Marine Corps values will be presented with
three awards at the St. Louis Awards Dinner, including:
*Semper Fidelis Award, presented to Emerson Chairman and CEO David Farr,
who has demonstrated the core values of the U.S. Marine Corps: honor,
courage, and patriotism in the business community.
*John Wooden SportsmanAward, presented toSt. Louis Cardinals
PresidentBill DeWitt III,who accepts the award on behalf of the team in
recognition of their athletic and personal achievements.
*Globe & Anchor Award, presented to Boeing Vice President of State and
Local Government Relations George Roman, who has built a foundation of
service that has had an impact around the globe.
The Boeing Company, which has supported the Scholarship Foundation generously
over the years, will host a leadership event that brings scholarship
recipients and local CEOs together to discuss career opportunities prior to
the St. Louis Awards Dinner.
“I am inspired by the resilience and drive of the scholarship recipients I
have met, and Boeing is honored to play a part in helping them develop the
skills they need to strengthen our country,” said George Roman, Vice President
of State and Local Government Relations at Boeing and recipient of the Globe &
Several scholarship recipients from the St. Louis area will attend Friday’s
dinner on behalf of the 45 Missouri students who have received scholarship
awards this year. Scholarship recipient LaJoyce Bogan, will also speak the
dinner. Bogan’s father, Corporal Donald Bogan (USMC), served in the Vietnam
War. Bogan, who is enrolled in the interpersonal communications program at the
University of Missouri, feels receiving a scholarship from the Marine Corps
Scholarship Foundation honors her father’s service and helps alleviate her
student loan debt.
“My father was a decorated veteran who served in Vietnam. He taught me to
uphold the values and standards of a Marine. He instilled so much pride in us
for our country,” says Bogan.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation dinner provides the opportunity for
the entire St. Louis community to thank local Marine Corps families for their
service and sacrifices.
“We are humbled by the outpouring of support for our inaugural dinner,” said
Mike DeCola, President and CEO of Mississippi Lime Company and Co-Chair of the
St. Louis Awards Dinner. “This committee was formed just over a year ago,
after the inspiring events of Marine Week in St. Louis, and is committed to
honoring the Marine Corps families who need our help the most – both here at
home and nationwide.”
About the Foundation: Celebrating its 50th year, the Marine Corps Scholarship
Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based
scholarships to U.S. military families. Since inception, the Foundation has
provided more than 30,000 scholarships valued at over $70 million to Marine
Corps children whose parents have been killed or wounded in combat or have
demonstrated financial need. The Scholarship Foundation has a four-star
Charity Navigator rating. For more information on the Marine Corps Scholarship
Foundation please visit http://www.mcsf.org/.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Eugenia R. Gardner, Director, Communications & Investor Relations
(703) 549-0060/(719) 433-8101
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