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

Courtney Balson

Courtney Balson

Courtney Balson joined the Scholarship Foundation in 2011 as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO. Courtney quickly became involved in assisting the Foundation in its stewardship efforts and was an integral part in establishing the Foundation’s dedicated Stewardship Department. As the Director of Advancement, Courtney is responsible for recognizing investors, cementing them to the mission, and advancing their long-term involvement with the Scholarship Foundation through a comprehensive donor relations and stewardship program. In addition, she is responsible for the oversight and execution of the Scholarship Foundation’s Fidelis Fund which supports the Scholarship Foundation’s mission-critical annual initiatives.  Courtney holds an undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Communication Studies and a Master’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in Education. Courtney is dedicated to helping Marines and their families through the power of education and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with twin sons, Shane and Jackson.

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