Who does the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation serve?

The Scholarship Foundation has provided over 40,000 scholarships for post-high school education to the sons and daughters of Marines since 1962. Scholarships are awarded to all eligible students of active duty, retired, or honorably discharged Marines and Navy Corpsmen (review our eligibility requirements). We give special consideration to the children of wounded and fallen Marines and those with demonstrated financial need.

Is the Scholarship Foundation affiliated with the government or the Marine Corps?

The Scholarship Foundation is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It is not a government agency nor is it directly affiliated with the United States Marine Corps. Download a copy of our IRS tax determination letter.

Does the Scholarship Foundation receive government funding?

The Scholarship Foundation does not receive any government funding. We rely solely on donations from individuals and corporations, as well as funds raised through volunteer-run events nationwide.

Can anyone donate?

Yes. The Scholarship Foundation welcomes donations at any level according to the organization’s charitable gift acceptance policies. Please donate today.

How much of my donation is going to scholarships?

80% of the funds we raise go directly to our programs. This means our programs both today – funds that are needed now – and those that will be essential to meet the future need.

I’m only interested in supporting scholarships, can I just donate to scholarships?

There’s nothing more important to us than honoring your intention. That’s why 100% of funds donated for scholarships go directly to scholarship. If you establish a scholarship, your full investment will be awarded to a student.

Can families or individuals fund a scholarship in someone’s name?

Yes. Permanently endowed and annual named scholarships are available to memorialize or honor a loved one. A minimum contribution of $100,000 is required to permanently endow a scholarship, which will be awarded every year in perpetuity. The minimum donation to establish a one-time scholarship is $5,000.

Do corporations have the opportunity to establish a scholarship?

Yes. Several corporations have established scholarships in their names or in honor of an executive or employee. Endowed funds are maintained according to the Scholarship Foundation’s board-approved endowment management and spending policy.

How is the Scholarship Foundation honoring those currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The Scholarship Foundation’s Heroes Tribute Scholarship Programs for Children of the Fallen and Wounded provides up to $40,000 over four years to every child of a Marine, or Navy Corpsman serving with the Marines, whose parent has been killed in combat since September 11, 2001. The Scholarship Foundation has recognized the critical need to help our Nation’s young Marine Families, no matter the ages of their children. Our fundraising model allows us to plan for the future of these children.

What is the relationship between the Scholarship Foundation and the post-9/11 GI Bill?

Like the Scholarship Foundation, the Post 9/11 GI Bill recognizes that the best way to honor men and women in uniform is to provide their children with opportunities for post-high school educations. While the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides generous benefits, there are still eligibility restrictions that leave tens of thousands of children without funding opportunities. The Scholarship Foundation bridges those eligibility gaps so that Marine Corps sons and daughters can pursue post-high school education uncompromised.