Happy first night of Hanukkah to all those who begin their celebration tonight!
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (www.mcsf.org) is the Nation's oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children.
In 1962, Brigadier General Martin F. Rockmore USMC (Ret.) learned of a Marine WWII Medal of Honor who was financially unable to send his child to college. General Rockmore was inspired to create an organization that honored Marines by empowering their children through education. After an initial fundraising event, which sent that one Medal of Honor recipient's child to college, the Scholarship Foundation grew thanks to an enormous volunteer effort. Since that time, over 40,000 scholarships valued at nearly $125,000,000 have been given to deserving students, including 2,300 for the 2018-2019 academic year. Today, the Scholarship Foundation has never been more relevant. The ever-increasing cost of a post-high school education has significantly outpaced the salary earned by military servicemembers creating a real need for higher education financial assistance for the children of America's Marines. These families have endured frequent, destabilizing moves, modest incomes and, in some cases, the disability or loss of a parent. They should not have to bear the burden of not knowing how they will afford post-high school educations for their children. The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation delivers a meaningful and lasting expression of gratitude to Marine Corps families through its longstanding commitment to Honoring Marines by Educating Their Children.
Mission: Since 1775, Marines have selflessly served America, and for over 56 years the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has honored this service by educating their children. The privately-funded, 501(c)(3) organization provides scholarships for post-high school education to deserving sons and daughters of Marines with particular attention given to children whose parent has been killed or wounded in action.
Happy first night of Hanukkah to all those who begin their celebration tonight!
Here at the Scholarship Foundation, we are proud to have so many students giving back during this time. Students like three-time Marine Scholar, Zachary, who hopes to become a neurologist specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. He’s a member of Nu Rho Psi, the National Neuroscience Honor Society and volunteers at a local hospital. Zachary told us his father’s over 20 years of service has inspired him to pursue his dreams and academic excellence.
After this unexpectedly challenging year, we wanted to share this message of thanks from one of our Marine Scholars, Jake. Like Jake, we are grateful for those who support Marine Scholars all year. Jake is one of over 2,750 students whose education you help support, while also honoring the sacrifice of their Marine or Navy Corpsmen parents. Click here to read Jake's message of gratitude: http://ow.ly/qfww50CFc4m
Shout out to Savanna! She’s attending her dream school, Michigan State University, and studying Communications and Sciences Disorders. Along with her studies, Savanna is a member of their Division 1 crew team. After she graduates, Savanna hopes to give back to her community and become a speech pathologist.
Thank you to all those who supported the Scholarship Foundation during #GivingTuesday! During these unprecedented times, we are extraordinarily grateful for all those who continue to make our mission of Honoring Marines by Educating Their Children possible.
Looking for additional ways to give on #GivingTuesday? Point6 is giving back to the Scholarship Foundation through a special promotion today. Use the code GIVEMCSF40 and Point6 will donate $1 for every item sold today to the Scholarship Foundation!
Be sure to check out additional ways to give today, and every day, at https://www.mcsf.org/get-involved/other-ways-to-give/
Thank you to everyone who has supported Marine Scholars this Giving Tuesday! We know that everyone who supports the Scholarship Foundation has a story, a reason why they give.
We would love to read what supporting the Scholarship Foundation means to you -- share your story in the comments!
This Giving Tuesday, please join us in our mission of Honoring Marines by Educating Their Children. You can help the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen achieve their post-secondary educational goals. Marine Scholars are raised on the values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. An investment in them is an investment in America’s future.
Donate to support Marine Scholars here: https://www.mcsf.org
Taking care of some holiday shopping this Cyber Monday? Did you know that in honor of Giving Tuesday, Point6 will donate $1 for every item sold to MCSF? Be sure to use the code GIVEMCSF40 – check some gifts off your list AND support Marine Scholars!
Here at the Scholarship Foundation, we’re gearing up for Giving Tuesday! Don’t forget to mark your calendar for December 1st to join others for this global celebration of giving. Don’t want to wait? You can give now at www.mcsf.org/donate.
Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are all enjoying a safe and healthy holiday with your families! For those that cannot be together, our thoughts are with you.
Looking for an inspiring podcast? Look no further than the new six-part podcast series, Honoring Service and Embracing the Future, which highlights business leaders who are USMC Veterans and give back to the veteran community. The podcast provides an opportunity for these business leaders to share their personal stories and what drives them to give back to the community, including why supporting MCSF is important to them. Check out the first episode here: http://ow.ly/2Yxi50CuO4J
Alex describes his veteran Marine father as his hero. He’s studying Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis in Aerospace Engineering, at New Mexico State University. While this school year looks a little different, Alex knows he is up to the challenge and has enjoyed deepening his understanding of science through his classes. Receiving his scholarship allows him to “stay focused and continue to honor my Marine Corps Veteran father.”
Did you know that every USMC license plate issued in Arizona supports Marine Scholars? Check out the video below to learn how! Since 2015, over 23,000 plates have been sold!
To purchase a USMC license plate in support of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, click here and select "personalized/specialty plates": https://servicearizona.com/
Elizabeth’s father served 15 years in the Marines and taught her “the importance of persevering through difficult times and in believing that you can find the strength to overcome them.” She recently told us that she’s enjoying her first year at BYU-Idaho, being on campus with mostly remote learning. Elizabeth is studying Math Education with the goal of inspiring students of her own.
This November, during National Native American Heritage Month, we honor the Navajo Code Talkers who served more than 75 years ago. The first 29 Navajo Code Talker recruits arrived at Camp Pendleton in May of 1942. Over 400 Navajo Nation members would go on to serve as code talkers in the Pacific Theater throughout World War II. Navajo Code Talkers were members of every Marine division and participated in every major amphibious assault.
Now, several grandchildren and great grandchildren of Navajo Code Talkers are Marine Scholars. Read more about them here: http://ow.ly/HUA050CjUuk
On Veteran’s Day, we honor all those who served or are currently serving. As our Chairman, General Neller, writes, “ Whether one serves for four years or twenty, the choice to serve bonds us together for a lifetime, and the shared experience of service to a larger cause reminds us of what will help guide our Nation through these challenging times.”
Read his entire message here: http://ow.ly/nhb750CfJXy
Today, we celebrate the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Gen. David H. Berger reminds us how the Corps’ legacy lives on in every Marine.
Join MCSF partner Semper Capital for a special Veteran’s Day event. Better Ground is an online event that will feature live streamed theater, music and spoken word. The storytelling event will honor veterans and give them an opportunity to tell their stories through a variety of mediums. Purchase your tickets through the link below and 50% of your purchase will be donated to MCSF!
Honoring our veterans, connecting our citizens, and healing our nation.
Inspired by her brother, who serves as a mechanic in the Army, Grace is studying Automotive Technology at Southern Illinois University. Her CTE program will prepare her to be an auto mechanic immediately after graduating; she hopes to work with a major car manufacturer, such as Honda, Toyota or Mazda. Along with her classes, Grace is involved in the Automotive Technology Organization and the Women of Automotive Transportation Technology club.
Nice catch, Dylan! Dylan is a Marine Scholar majoring in Wildlife Biology at Lees McRae College. From a young age, his Marine father instilled a love of the outdoors in him, teaching Dylan “work ethic, respect and most importantly grit” through playing ball, hunting and fishing. When he graduates, Dylan wants to use his love of nature to either work for the NC Wildlife Resource Commission or for a conservation organization.
Entering his senior year, Marine Scholar Keegan was excited to finish his degree in Medical Sciences at The Ohio State University. Now, his goal upon graduating is to immediately begin working on the frontlines to help develop treatment and a vaccine for COVID-19. Keegan’s Marine father inspires him to pursue his goals with relentless drive. We’re proud to have over 220 Marine Scholars like Keegan, who have served or are inspired to serve on the frontlines during these unprecedented times.
This month, At Ease Magazine featured the story of the Longmire Family. Jacquelin and Kenneth Longmire both served in the Marines, and now all three of their daughters are Marine Scholars! Be sure to read the entire At Ease feature here: http://ow.ly/LoOT50C2O01
View the At Ease for Friday, October16, 2020
This week is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. You can create a legacy and positive impact on future generations of Marine and Navy Corpsman families while drafting your estate plans. You can learn more about naming the Scholarship Foundation as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement account, establishing a charitable annuity, or making a bequest in your will, and more planned giving options here: https://mcsf.planmygift.org/
It’s more than making a gift; it’s about joining with your friends and family to make a difference.
Did you know that our CTE scholarship application is open every month? CTE encompasses a wide variety of subjects, such as HVAC, nursing, cosmetology and mechanical skills. Marine Scholar Taylor is studying auto mechanics at Spokane Community College. He wants to work as an auto collision repair specialist and uses his scholarship to help pay not only for tuition, but for the tools he needs for class. One day, Taylor would like to own his own auto body shop.
Apply now for a CTE scholarship here: https://www.mcsf.org/cte/
Thank you to all the golfers that attended the 21st annual Carolina Classic Golf Tournament last weekend! We appreciate your support, especially during these unprecedented times. This year the event raised over $100,000 for Marine Scholars and has raised over $2 million since its inception. Thank you to all those who support our Marine Scholars in North Carolina and across the country!
Shoutout to Marine Scholar, Kirsten! Inspired by NCIS and participating in the Science Olympiad, she’s majoring in Forensic Science with a chemistry focus at St. Mary’s University. Outside of the classroom, she participates in her school’s day of service, is a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma honor society and plays in the Wind Ensemble. After she graduates, Kirsten hopes to attend graduate school and achieve her PhD.
While you’re shopping on #PrimeDay, don’t forget to support MCSF by using Amazon Smile! Select MCSF as your charity of choice on smile.amazon.com to ensure that a portion of your purchase will be donated!
Say hello to Marine Scholar, Charlie! She’s a Media major and Sociology minor at Ohio University. Inspired by her father’s service and stories, she hopes to tell people’s life stories through art. Charlie works to advocate for mental health research and support through interning at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Greater Cleveland. Way to go, Charlie!
Our scholarship team is attending the National Scholarship Providers Association 20/20 Vision Virtual Conference this week! They’re learning from other industry leaders to continue to strengthen our Scholarship programs for the future. While this year’s conference is virtual, our team is excited to connect with an elite line-up of speakers from across the higher education and scholarship industry! #NSPA2020
Meet future director, Raymond! He’s majoring in filmmaking at Montclair State University and told us how his scholarship helped him attend the school of his dreams and live on campus for the first time. Along with his film studies, Raymond is a member of the German club and plays piano and drums.
Marine Scholars, don’t forget to accept your award by November 1st! Log onto the MyMCSF portal to fill out your award acceptance documents. Our scholarship team is here to answer any questions you may have; email them at [email protected].
Since 2002, Toyota has been a steadfast partner of the Scholarship Foundation. Their generosity has provided more than 1,050 scholarships to Marine Scholars, and the company has sponsored many of our premiere events, including the New York Ball, West Coast Gala, DC Gala and Houston Awards Dinner. Furthermore, Toyota is the title sponsor of the Commandant’s Cup, part of our Patriots at Pebble event. Thank you to Toyota for their many years of partnership in support of Marine and Navy Corpsman families!
Shoutout to Marine Scholar, Timothy! Timothy studies cybersecurity at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with determination inspired by his father’s Marine service. He is also a freshman orientation leader and has been helping freshman on campus with resources in these uncharted times. After graduation, Timothy hopes to either enter grad school or create a world-changing invention.
Did you know there are a variety of ways to support the Scholarship Foundation? One of those ways is by purchasing a book by one of several veteran Marines. For each book sold, a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Scholarship Foundation!
One of those is recently published Ace of Diamonds by J. Michael Boucher, which is a suspense thriller featuring fictional former Marine turned detective, Matt Riley. Pick up your copy today!
A full list of authors and books can be found here: https://www.mcsf.org/get-involved/marine-authors/
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