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Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Honors Community Leaders and Marines at California Gala


On October 27, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the nation's oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military families, will host the West Coast Celebratory Gala to honor the community leaders and donors who have made college possible for the children of Marines, and the men and women who have served their county selflessly. In its 50th anniversary year, the Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $6 million to almost 2,000 students across the country; 141 California students have received college or vocational scholarships.

Since 1962, the Scholarship Foundation has funded almost 30,000 need-based scholarships valued at over $70 million. The Scholarship Foundation's commitment to honor Marines by educating their children, with particular attention given to those whose parent has been killed or wounded in combat, has been upheld by a strong network of volunteers and donors.

“The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is fortunate to have partners who recognize the significant challenges Marine families face, both during and after deployment. Together we are relieving those who have served of a major financial burden, and investing in their children – the future of this country – through the gift of education,” said Margaret Davis, President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

At this year's West Coast Celebratory Gala, Toyota Motor Sales will announce the establishment of a new $1 million fund: the Don Esmond “Lead and Succeed Scholarship.” Esmond is a Toyota/Lexus business leader, veteran Marine and Silver Star recipient. He serves on the Scholarship Foundation's Board of Directors. Toyota has supported the Scholarship Foundation for the past eight years, making about $3 million of support feasible for children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen.

Community leaders who exemplify Marine Corps values will be presented with two awards at the West Coast Celebratory Gala, including:

  • Semper Fidelis Award, presented to actor Dennis Haysbert, 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 former Major League Baseball player Trevor Hoffman, who has displayed those attributes of the famous coach John Wooden as well as those that make the U.S. Marine Corps world-famous: tenacity, intestinal fortitude, leadership and skill. Hoffman, and his wife Tracy, have established a new endowed fund at the Scholarship Foundation to provide funding for children of Marines in Southern California.

General James F. Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, will give the keynote address at Saturday's gala. Brian Shibley, a student at San Diego State University, will speak on behalf of the 141 local scholarship recipients. Shibley has lived all over the world as a result of his father's Marine Corps service, but calls California home. He is an aerospace engineering major and is planning to follow in his father's footsteps and join the Marine Corps as a Naval Flight Officer.

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

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Eugenia R. Gardner, Director, Communications & Investor Relations

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