The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia, has announced scholarship awards totaling a record $8.2 million to nearly twenty-four hundred children of Marines and Navy corpsmen for the 2019-20 academic year.
The scholarships will provide assistance to students attending undergraduate and career technical education programs in all fifty states. According to the foundation, recipients of MCSF scholarships have a 90 percent overall graduation rate, 50 percent of recipients are first-generation college students, and more than 45 percent specialize in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and health science fields. Established in 1962, MCSF is the nation's oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships for children from military families and has awarded more than forty thousand scholarships totaling more than $135 million to date.
"This year marks a significant milestone for the history of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation," said MCSF president and CEO Robert Ruark. "Our nation's military families have made incredible sacrifices for our country, and this year, we are thrilled to extend our support even further to honor more of these families and help shape the nation's future leaders."