Foundation Seeks a Few Good Students

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2007 - The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is looking for eligible students to apply for its 2008 scholarships.

"These scholarships provide life-changing opportunities for students that need financial assistance towards a college degree, and they increase their chances for success in their personal and professional lives," said Chris Randolph, the foundation's president. "That's critical for our Marine families."

Eligible students must be children of a current U.S. Marine or of a living or dead retired Marine. They also must be high school graduates or registered as undergraduate students at an accredited educational institution and have a family income of $77,000 or less. This limit increases if siblings apply.

Scholarships are not offered for graduate study.

Children whose parents are participating or have participated in operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom may qualify for additional scholarship funding.

The foundation provides assistance to children of Marines or Navy corpsmen serving with Marines, with special consideration given to children with a parent who was killed or wounded in action.

The foundation is a supporter of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad.

Application deadlines are March 3 for graduating high school seniors and first-time college freshman and April 15 for all other students.

Since its founding in 1962, the organization has distributed more than 21,000 needs-based college scholarships and bonds totaling more than $34 million. In 2007 alone, more than 1,000 Marine children received awards, foundation officials said.

More information about the foundation and its scholarships can be found on the organization's Web site,, or by phone at 800-292-7777.

(From a Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation news release.)

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