The sergeant major and assistant commandant of the Marine Corps presented scholarships to 25 children during the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s 2010 Announcement Reception Sept. 14.
Sgt. Maj. Carlton W. Kent and Gen. James F. Amos, along with several other individuals, presented the scholarships at the Library of Congress’ great hall to children of Marines who were killed or wounded in combat.
“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 is going to college for his 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 chief executive officer of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
Since 1962, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has provided more than 25,000 scholarships worth more than $60 million.
Retired Gen. Robert Magnus, chairman of the board of directors for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, said the reception recognized “our 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 said.
Alyssa Blazer, an Oklahoma City Community College student and Heroes Tribute Scholarship recipient, said “although the circumstances aren’t the best, it lets me know I’m taken care of.”
Blazer, who lost her father, Staff Sgt. Melvin L. Blazer, while he was serving in Fallujah, Iraq, on Dec. 12, 2004, said she is aiming to work for the National Air and Space Administration as a microbiologist.
“Access to higher education is the main priority of this foundation,” said Scott D. Pearson, associate assistant deputy secretary of education in the office of innovation and improvement. “The foundation wants to ensure every military child gets an education.”