The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has announced more than $6 million in scholarships to some nineteen hundred children of Marines.
Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, the foundation increased the amount it awarded by 17 percent. This year's recipients include the children of Marines who have been honorably discharged, wounded in combat, killed in action, or who are on active duty.
The 2012-13 scholarship cohort also includes the first ten students to receive scholarships from a fund established by Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer in honor of the Marines, Navy corpsmen, and Afghanis with whom he served in Afghanistan. The Meyer scholarships will be awarded in perpetuity to the children of wounded Marines from all military conflicts in which the U.S. is involved and are supported by funds raised through the Dakota Meyer Challenge to America.
"We are a lynchpin in reducing student debt loads of those Marine families who have already sacrificed so much," said Margaret B. Davis, president and CEO of the Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation. "The scholarship foundation honors Marine families by educating their children in need, fulfilling family dreams, and making America stronger."