Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Honoring Marines by educating their children



Wright The Department of Defense reports that 1,424 Marines, and 47 Navy Corpsmen attached to Marine units, have fallen serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Of those fallen in service, 311 Marines have left behind 524 children, and 11 Corpsmen have left behind 20 children.


Folded FlagThe Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen, with particular attention given to those whose parent was killed in combat or training. Marines choose a life of honor, courage, commitment and tremendous sacrifice, including at times the ultimate sacrifice.

The Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for Children of the Fallen ensures that the educational futures of the children of our fallen Marines need not be sacrificed. These scholarship awards relieve a significant burden from Marine and Navy Corpsmen families, when a parent has been killed in combat or training.

We invite you to support the The Heroes Tribute Program for Children of the Fallen by making a gift. Your life-changing gift makes college a reality and contributes significantly to America’s future.


Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Through the Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for Children of the Fallen, the Scholarship Foundation guarantees scholarships of $30,000 over four years ($7,500 a year) to the following:

  • Children of Marines and veteran Marines who were killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001;
  • Children of Marines and children of Navy Corpsmen attached to a Marine unit, who were killed in combat operations after September 11, 2001;
  • Children of Navy Religious Program Specialists attached to a Marine unit who were killed in combat operations on or after September 27, 2008; or
  • Children of Marines who were killed in training after September 27, 2008.


Meet Some Of Our Scholarship Recipients

Ronald Baum

Ronald Baum

LtGen & Mrs. Jeffrey W. Oster Honorary Scholarship

College: Pennsylvania State University-Altoona
Major: Art
Graduating Class: 2016
Hometown: Duncansville, Pennsylvania

Marine Parent: Gunnery Sergeant Ronald Eric Baum
Years of Service: 18

During combat operations in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq, Gunnery Sergeant Ronald E. Baum was seeing to the welfare of his Marines in order to ensure their safety while disregarding his own. He passed away when a rocket-propelled grenade impacted the vehicle he was in.

“First of all, my father, who was himself a Marine, ... has had major impacts on my life. My father, as I grew up, gave me core values on how to live life, for example, how to never give up and to always provide for my family. These morals and life lessons ... have always carried me through life and gave me the courage to go to college, so that someday I can provide for my family as he did. Through life and death my father will always be the greatest man I ever knew.”


Kianna Mendoza

Kiana Mendoza

The Griffen Foundation Heroes Tribute Scholarship

College: Claremont McKenna College
Major: International Relations
Graduating Class: 2015
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA

Marine Parent: Marine Major Raymon Mendoza Jr. (1968-2005)
Years of Service: 10

Kiana’s father, Major Ramon Juan Mendoza, was killed in action leading 2/1 E CO Riffle Company during Operation Iron Curtain.

Kiana is a rising sophomore at Claremont McKenna College where she is studying international relations. She plans to eventually serve the United States as a diplomat or ambassador. She also speaks Spanish and is studying Chinese.

“I never felt lonely; if anything, traveling around and meeting so many new people taught me that you don’t always have to be together, or to be related by blood, to be part of a family. Especially after my dad was killed in action in 2005, I knew that I was never alone: I always had a helping hand, even if I was too proud to ask for it. The Marine Corps inadvertently gave me family all over the country and, in some cases, all over the world.”

Alison Span

Alison Spann

The Richard B. Lieb Family Scholarship and
The Griffen Foundation Heroes Tribute Scholarship

College: Pepperdine University
Major: Communications
Graduating Class: 2014
Hometown: Winfield, AL

Marine Parent: Veteran Marine Captain Johnny Spann (1969-2001)
Years of Service: 7

Alison’s father, Captain Jonny Micheal Spann, was the first American combat casualty in Afghanistan following the attacks of September 11, 2001. After distinguished service in the Marine Corps, Captain Spann joined the Central Intelligence Agency, where he was working at the time of his death. 

“My father…was killed in action when I was 9. I don’t know where I would be without the help of organizations like the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.”


We invite you to support the Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for Children of the Fallen by making a gift to assist students currently of college age and the thousands eager to attend in the future.  

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