The in Alexandria, Virginia, has announced nearly 2,200 scholarships valued at $6.6 million for the 2014-15 school year to children of Marine and Navy service personnel.
The scholarships are funded in part by thousands of individuals as well as corporations around the country. Established in 1962, the program honors the service of Marines by educating their children, with particular attention paid to those who have had a parent killed or wounded in combat and those with demonstrated financial need. Since the program's inception, every eligible student who has applied has received a scholarship. Nearly 90 percent of recipients are attending a four-year college or university, more than 50 percent of scholarship recipients are first-generation college students, and 45 percent pursue a degree in a STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) field.
"At a young age, children of Marine and Navy Corpsmen face challenges that most people will never experience in a lifetime. These courageous and brave children deserve our full support," said Margaret B. Davis, president and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. "Our scholarship recipients are our nation's future leaders. We must recognize their hard work and sacrifice, and honor the service of their parents."