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Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Houston Awards Dinner Celebrates 11th Year

HOUSTON, TX – (October 28, 2021) – The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF) presented Ann Fox with the Semper Fidelis Award and Josh Glover with the Commandant’s Award during its 11th annual Houston Awards Dinner.

Almost 500 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 Michael Barrett USMC (Ret.).

The MCSF’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. Ms. Fox is both the first woman in Texas and the first female veteran Marine to receive the Semper Fidelis Award. The Scholarship Foundation’s rarely bequeathed Commandant’s Award recognizes recipients who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States Marine Corps and the United States of America. Mr. Glover’s personal awards and decorations include the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, three Purple Heart Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Major General Edwin B. Wheeler Infantry Excellence Award.

Auctioneer Bret Richards took the stage to manage the live auction, which included a lavish quail and pheasant shoot excursion, a breathtaking weekend in the Texas Hill Country, a mountain getaway to Telluride, Colorado, and a golf extravaganza with General Robert Neller USMC (Ret.), 37th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and current Chairman of the Board at the MCSF. After the live auction, attendees were invited to raise their paddles in support of the Fund a Future campaign.

The final fundraising tally for the evening was just over $1 million. Funding from the dinner helps support 226 scholarship recipients in Texas who attend 61 different in-state colleges, universities and career/technical education programs.  Lone Star State Campaign Co-Chairs Annelyse & Mark Frugoni and Cara & Knox Nunnally, 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 awarded $155 million in scholarships to more than 50,000 recipients. For more information on the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, please visit

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