Frequently Asked Questions

    • Who does the Marine Corps Scholarship serve?

      The Scholarship Foundation Honors Marines by Educating Their Children and has provided 27,000 scholarships for post-high school education to the sons and daughters of Marines since 1962. These scholarships, valued at $50 million, include 1,636 scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    • Who is eligible for a scholarship?

      There are several requirements. For specific information, please click here.

    • Is the Scholarship Foundation affiliated with the government or the Marine Corps?

      The Scholarship Foundation is an independent, non-profit 501(c)3 organization. It is not a government agency nor is it directly affiliated with the U.S. Marine Corps. For a copy of our IRS tax determination letter, please click here.

    • Does the Scholarship Foundation receive government funding?

      The Scholarship Foundation does not receive any government funding. We rely on donations from individuals and corporations, as well as fundraising events.

    • Can anyone donate?

      Yes. The Scholarship Foundation welcomes donations at any level according to the organization’s charitable gift acceptance policies. Please click here to make a contribution today.

    • Can families or individuals fund a scholarship?

      Yes. Permanently endowed and annual named scholarships are available to memorialize or honor a loved one. The minimum donation to establish a one-time scholarship is $5,000. A minimum contribution of $100,000 is required to permanently endow a scholarship.

    • How do I know my donation will be used for its intended purpose?

      The Scholarship Foundation is proud to have been named as “Best in America” by Independent Charities of America for demonstrating the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness and cost effectiveness.”

    • Do corporations have the opportunity to establish a scholarship?

      Yes. Several corporations have established scholarships in their names. Endowed funds are maintained according to the Scholarship Foundation’s board-approved endowment management and spending policy.

    • How is the Scholarship Foundation honoring those currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan?

      The Scholarship Foundation’s Heroes Tribute program provides up to $30,000 over four years to every child of a Marine, or Navy Corpsman serving with the Marines, whose parent has been killed in combat since September 11, 2001.

    • What is the connection between the Scholarship Foundation and the Post-9/11 GI Bill?

      Like the Scholarship Foundation, the Post 9/11 GI Bill recognizes that the best way to honor men and women in uniform is to provide their children with opportunities for post-high school educations. While the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides generous benefits, there are still eligibility restrictions that leave tens of thousands of children without funding opportunities. The Scholarship Foundation bridges those eligibility gaps so that Marine Corps sons and daughters can pursue post-high school education uncompromised. You can learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill as it relates to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation by clicking here.


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