The Nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children.

Catherine Thomas (DC)

Catherine Thomas (DC)

Catherine Thomas has spent more than three decades supporting Marines and military families. Over the years she has been dedicated to improving and strengthening the military community through spouse networks and Marine Corps Family Readiness programs. Additionally, she has supported Marine spouses and families through several deployments, including multiple combat deployments. Mrs. Thomas has worked professionally in the field of education and training. She has been both an elementary classroom teacher and instructional assistant. She also worked for Junior Achievement assisting in their financial literacy program for middle-schoolers. A graduate of Texas Tech University, she is married to Gen Gary Thomas, the current Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. They have three adult children, two sons-in-law and five energetic grandchildren.

David McCallum

In Memoriam, David McCallum, 1933-2023

David McCallum was one of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s greatest champions. His brother-in-law, Marine Corporal George Whitney Carpenter, was killed in Vietnam in 1967. Determined to keep George’s legacy alive, David and his wife, Katherine, established a scholarship through MCSF in his name to directly benefit the children of Marines. We fondly recall David weaving MCSF into the script of NCIS episodes and thrilling the audience when he served as the Master of Ceremonies for the New York Leatherneck Ball. Thank you to all those who have contributed in David’s honor. We invite everyone to watch the NCIS episode dedicated to David which will air on CBS on Monday, February 19. To make a contribution in David’s memory, please visit