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Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Celebrates 60th Anniversary

HOUSTON, TX – (October 10, 2022) The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF) presented Donovan Campbell with the Semper Fidelis Award during its 12th annual Houston Awards Dinner. The Houston Awards Dinner will also celebrate 60 years of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s mission to Honor Marines by Educating Their Children. This academic year, a record-breaking $10 million in scholarship support was awarded to more than 2,600 children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen from across the country.

Over 300 guests filled the Houston Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis to support the country’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children. Guests mingled during the general reception, enjoying cocktails and passed appetizers before entering the ballroom for the seated dinner. The program was deftly handled by emcee Sergeant Major Micheal Barrett USMC (Ret.) and included remarks from Military Guest of Honor General John F. Kelly USMC (Ret.), and MCSF President and CEO Lieutenant Colonel Ted Probert USMC (Ret.)

The Scholarship Foundation’s Semper Fidelis Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a recurring commitment to an effort which contributes to the betterment of our society.  Mr. Campbell currently leads Accolade Expert MD, an innovative solution that connects individuals and their families to world-class specialists from top medical institutions to provide expert medical opinions and guide their diagnosis and treatment. Every year, Accolade Expert MD provides life-changing services to tens of thousands of people facing complex healthcare decisions and challenging healthcare journeys. Previously, Mr. Campbell was Chief Operating Officer of 2nd.MD (re-named Accolade Expert MD), from 2018 until 2021 when the company was acquired by Accolade. In 2013, he co-founded NextOp, a non-profit organization designed to find well-paying jobs for enlisted veterans of the Armed Services. Since its inception NextOp has placed nearly 3,000 veterans into jobs. Before entering the business world, Mr. Campbell served for five years as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, deploying to combat zones three times in both infantry and intelligence/Special Forces support operations. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for his service in Iraq and the Defense Meritorious Service medal for his time in Afghanistan. He is the author of two books, the New York Times Best-Seller “Joker One” and “The Leader’s Code”.

The final fundraising tally for the evening was an impressive $755,000. Funding from the dinner helps support 245 scholarship recipients in Texas who attend 61 different in-state colleges, universities and career technical education programs.  Lone Star State Campaign Co-Chairs Anne-lyse & Mark Frugoni, along with Military Co-Chairs Sheri & LtGen Steven Hummer USMC (Ret.), were thrilled with the outcome of the evening.

About The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation: 

Established in 1962, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the Nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships for military children. Since its inception, the Scholarship Foundation has provided over 50,000 scholarships valued at more than $185 million to the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen. For more information on the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, please visit www.mcsf.org.

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 mcsf.org/david.

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