ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On December 7, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military families, will host the first St. Louis Awards Dinner and recognize leaders in business, military and civic life who have contributed to the Scholarship Foundation’s mission of Honoring Marines by Educating Their Children. In anticipation of this dinner, the St. Louis community has already raised over $300,000 to send the children of Marines to college in 2013.
In its 50th anniversary year, the Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $6 million to almost 2,000 students across the country. Since 1962, the Scholarship Foundation has funded more than 30,000 scholarships valued at over $70 million, creating a lasting legacy for active and veteran Marines and changing the lives of their sons and daughters, with particular attention to those whose parents have been killed or wounded in combat.
“The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation thanks community and corporate leaders in St. Louis and across Missouri for the support they have shown Marine Corps families and for their investments in the future leaders of our country,” said Margaret Davis, President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
Community leaders who exemplify Marine Corps values will be presented with three awards at the St. Louis Awards Dinner, including:
- Semper Fidelis Award, presented to Emerson Chairman and CEO David Farr, who has demonstrated the core values of the U.S. Marine Corps: honor, courage, and patriotism in the business community.
- John Wooden Sportsman Award, presented to St. Louis Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III, who accepts the award on behalf of the team in recognition of their athletic and personal achievements.
- Globe & Anchor Award, presented to Boeing Vice President of State and Local Government Relations George Roman, who has built a foundation of service that has had an impact around the globe.
The Boeing Company, which has supported the Scholarship Foundation generously over the years, will host a leadership event that brings scholarship recipients and local CEOs together to discuss career opportunities prior to the St. Louis Awards Dinner.
“I am inspired by the resilience and drive of the scholarship recipients I have met, and Boeing is honored to play a part in helping them develop the skills they need to strengthen our country,” said George Roman, Vice President of State and Local Government Relations at Boeing and recipient of the Globe & Anchor award.
Several scholarship recipients from the St. Louis area will attend Friday’s dinner on behalf of the 45 Missouri students who have received scholarship awards this year. Scholarship recipient LaJoyce Bogan, will also speak the dinner. Bogan’s father, Corporal Donald Bogan (USMC), served in the Vietnam War. Bogan, who is enrolled in the interpersonal communications program at the University of Missouri, feels receiving a scholarship from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation honors her father’s service and helps alleviate her student loan debt.
“My father was a decorated veteran who served in Vietnam. He taught me to uphold the values and standards of a Marine. He instilled so much pride in us for our country,” says Bogan.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation dinner provides the opportunity for the entire St. Louis community to thank local Marine Corps families for their service and sacrifices.
“We are humbled by the outpouring of support for our inaugural dinner,” said Mike DeCola, President and CEO of Mississippi Lime Company and Co-Chair of the St. Louis Awards Dinner. “This committee was formed just over a year ago, after the inspiring events of Marine Week in St. Louis, and is committed to honoring the Marine Corps families who need our help the most – both here at home and nationwide.”
About the Foundation: Celebrating its 50th year, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to U.S. military families. Since inception, the Foundation has provided more than 30,000 scholarships valued at over $70 million to Marine Corps children whose parents have been killed or wounded in combat or have demonstrated financial need. The Scholarship Foundation has a four-star Charity Navigator rating. For more information on the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation please visit http://www.mcsf.org/.