Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Celebrates Scholarship Recipients,
Honors Generous Support for Marine Corps Families
WASHINGTON -- May 31, 2013
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the nation's oldest and largest
provider of need-based scholarships to military families, will celebrate its
2013-2014 scholarship recipients and recognize its generous supporters at the
27^th annual Washington D.C. Celebratory Gala on June 1.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation honors the selfless service of Marines
by providing scholarships to the children of Marines, with particular
attention given to those whose parent has been killed or wounded in combat or
those in financial need. The Scholarship Foundation provides critical support
to Marine families as the economy continues to recover and the ever-increasing
costs of higher education significantly outpace the average enlisted Marine’s
salary. Since 1962, the Scholarship Foundation has awarded 30,000 scholarships
valued at more than $70 million.
“This celebration is an opportunity to share our sincere appreciation of those
who sacrifice so much for our freedom,” said Margaret B. Davis, President and
CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. “With support from
individuals, corporations, and political leaders across the country, we have
lessened the financial burden of post-high school education for tens of
thousands of Marine families since 1962.”
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation anticipates more than 400 people will
attend this year’s gala, including the Commandant of the Marine Corps, members
of Congress, Washington dignitaries, corporate and individual donors. Speakers
and award recipients include:
*General James F. Amos, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, will speak
at the gala as this year’s military Guest of Honor.
*Kareem El, a rising junior at Howard University and son of a Marine who
received a Purple Heart in Vietnam, will speak as a representative of the
2013-2014 class of scholarship recipients.
*Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) will receive the Semper Fidelis Award,
presented to an individual who has demonstrated reoccurring commitment to
an effort which contributes to the betterment of society.
*David Scanlan, President of Government Services at Sodexo, will accept the
Globe and Anchor Award on behalf of Sodexo, Inc. Sodexo established a
scholarship fund in 2012 for students studying culinary arts, hospitality
services, and business administration, which will award five, $5,000
need-based scholarships to Marine dependents annually for the next three
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s DC Celebratory Gala will also
celebrate the inspiring class of 2013-2014 scholarship recipients, who
represent the bright and promising future of America.
The Scholarship Foundation has a notable track record of accomplishments – 89
percent of scholarship recipients attend four-year institutions and
approximately 79 percent graduate, at a time when the nationwide rate is only
31 percent. Students pursue a variety of degrees, and an impressive 42 percent
of recipients are majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
fields, bringing crucial skillsets into the workforce.
About the Foundation: The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s
oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to U.S. military
families. Since its inception in 1962, the Foundation has provided more than
30,000 scholarships valued at over $70 million to Marine Corps sons and
daughters whose parents have been killed or wounded in combat or have
demonstrated financial need. The Scholarship Foundation is proud to have been
named by Independent Charities of America as ‘Best in America’ for
demonstrating “the highest standards of public accountability, program
effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.” For more information on the Marine
Corps Scholarship Foundation please visit http://www.mcsf.org/.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Emily Sweeney, 571-384-2807
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