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Knowledge is power; Pendleton families learn of scholarship opportunities

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation informed Camp Pendleton families during a scholarship workshop at the Marine Corps Family Team Building, Feb. 18., of numerous organizations that provide financial assistance for education to the family members of Marines.

The workshop briefed organizations that offer scholarship programs specifically designed for service members and their families, such as the Camp Pendleton Officer Wives Club, American Patriot Freedom and the Marine Corps League.

“Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply for every available scholarship out there,” said Col. Nicholas Marano, commanding officer, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is a privately-funded, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides scholarships for post-high school education to deserving sons and daughters of Marines, with particular attention given to children whose parent has been killed or wounded in action.

In 1962, Martin F. Rockmore, a retired Marine brigadier general, learned of a Marine WWII Medal of Honor recipient who was financially unable to send his child to college.

Rockmore initiated a fundraising event to send the Medal of Honor’s recipient child to college.

Since that time, 24,000 scholarships valued at $50 million have been given to deserving students, including 1,405 for the 2009-2010 academic year, according to the official MCSF Web site.

Scholarships weren’t the only beneficial program discussed at the workshop. Informative flyers provided details on

http://www.Tutor.com, a new online tutorial site for school students, and the Military Outreach Ministries, a program that will be offering free prescription glasses to military dependent children.

“We are very interested in making this program better to build on the success we already have,” said Marano.

For additional information, visit the Web site, http://www.cpp.usmc.mil/schoolLiaison.asp.

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