PHOENIX -- An event coming up this weekend will offer a great chance to show support for some very brave folks. The Marine Corp scholarship dinner Saturday night will help raise college scholarship money for the sons and daughters of Marines.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen, with particular attention given to those whose parent has been killed or wounded in combat, or who have demonstrated financial need.
"Since 1962, we've raised more than $75,000,000 for scholarships," Former Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris told Scott Pasmore on Thursday's Good Morning Arizona. "We're hoping to get the word out to Marines and their families that they may be eligible to get a scholarship and go to college."
The program has seen great success over the years. More than 86 percent of all the scholarship recipients graduate from college. The national average is only around 30 percent.
Thursday morning, we also met RJ Mitchell, who served in Iraq and received The Navy Cross, the second highest award you can receive. "I became a Marine because my family all served," Mitchell tells us. "I knew that on my death bed, on the day that I die, if I didn't serve my country, I would regret it."
During the 2012-2013 academic year there are over 50 scholars from or attending schools in Arizona!
And 100 percent of gifts dedicated to scholarships are spent on scholarships.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Arizona Awards Dinner will take place Saturday, May 11, at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information visit www.mcsf.org/azcampaign