Marine Corps Leaders, Education Officials Present Scholarships

WASHINGTON — Marine Corps and edu­ca­tion lead­ers pre­sent­ed schol­ar­ships to 25 sons and daugh­ters of Marines killed or wound­ed in com­bat dur­ing the Marine Corps Schol­ar­ship Foundation’s 2010 announce­ment recep­tion here yes­ter­day.

Dalton M. Berrie, a college student at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., accepts the 5th Marine Division Scholarship from Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos in the Library of Congress, Sept. 14, 2010. Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Carlton W. Kent stands at left and Margaret B. Davis, president and chief executive officer of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, stands on the right. Since 1962, the foundation has provided more than 25,000 scholarships.
Dal­ton M. Berrie, a col­lege stu­dent at the Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­si­ty in Rich­mond, Va., accepts the 5th Marine Divi­sion Schol­ar­ship from Assis­tant Com­man­dant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos in the Library of Con­gress, Sept. 14, 2010. Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Carl­ton W. Kent stands at left and Mar­garet B. Davis, pres­i­dent and chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of the Marine Corps Schol­ar­ship Foun­da­tion, stands on the right. Since 1962, the foun­da­tion has pro­vid­ed more than 25,000 schol­ar­ships.
U.S. Marine Corps pho­to by Lance Cpl. Jacob D. Osborne
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Marine Corps Assis­tant Com­man­dant Gen. James F. Amos and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Carl­ton W. Kent took part in pre­sent­ing the schol­ar­ships at the Library of Con­gress’ Great Hall.

“This schol­ar­ship has made it pos­si­ble for me to only take one small stu­dent loan, which is amaz­ing,” said Dal­ton M. Berrie, recip­i­ent of the 5th Marine Divi­sion Schol­ar­ship and a stu­dent at Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­si­ty.

Berrie, who will be study­ing to obtain a doc­tor­ate and to con­duct tis­sue engi­neer­ing research, said he went to the foun­da­tion in mem­o­ry of his grand­fa­ther, Maj. Kendal B. Pret­ty­man, who served on Iwo Jima.

This year, the foun­da­tion pro­vid­ed 1,423 schol­ar­ships worth $4.25 mil­lion, said Mar­garet B. Davis, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Marine Corps Schol­ar­ship Foun­da­tion. Since 1962, the foun­da­tion has pro­vid­ed more than 25,000 schol­ar­ships worth more than $60 mil­lion.

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Robert Mag­nus, chair­man of the foundation’s board of direc­tors, said the recep­tion rec­og­nized the schol­ar­ship recip­i­ents “as they embark on their own jour­ney, dis­cov­er­ing and learn­ing.”

“There is no fin­er thing that we can do for them but to take care of their chil­dren,” he added.

Alyssa Blaz­er, an Okla­homa City Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege stu­dent and Heroes Trib­ute Schol­ar­ship recip­i­ent, lost her father, Staff Sgt. Melvin L. Blaz­er, while he was serv­ing in Fal­lu­jah, Iraq, on Dec. 12, 2004. “Although the cir­cum­stances aren’t the best,” she said, “it lets me know I’m tak­en care of.” She said she is aim­ing to work for NASA as a micro­bi­ol­o­gist.

“Access to high­er edu­ca­tion is the main pri­or­i­ty of this foun­da­tion,” said Scott D. Pear­son of the Edu­ca­tion Department’s office of inno­va­tion and improvement.“The foun­da­tion wants to ensure every mil­i­tary child gets an edu­ca­tion.”

Source:
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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