Washington State Fallen Service Members Honored by Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation with Named Scholarships for 2014-15 Academic Year

Scholarship Foundation Announces Pacific Northwest Campaign

SEATTLE, WASH. (July 30, 2014) – The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the Nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships, hosted its Washington State Gold Star Family Reception to honor the sacrifices these families and their loved ones have made on behalf of the United States. The reception, which took place during Marine Week Seattle 2014, will also kick off the Scholarship Foundation’s Pacific Northwest Campaign, a focused effort on providing higher-education support to children of Marine and Navy Corpsman in the Pacific Northwest.

The Scholarship Foundation announced the creation of twelve (12) one-year scholarships named for each of the fallen service members of the Gold Star families attending the Reception. Among the fallen from Washington, scholarships will be awarded for the 2014-15 academic year in honor of:
• Major Megan M. McClung USMC, 34, Coupeville, Wash.
• Corporal Steven Rintamaki USMC, 21, Lynwood, Wash.
• Lance Corporal Eric Levi Ward USMC, 19, Redmond, Wash.
• Private First Class Dennis L. Mitchell II USMC, 19, Spokane, Wash.
• First Lieutenant Benjamin Colgan USA, 30, Kent, Wash.
• Sergeant Charles E. Matheny IV USA, 23, Arlington, Wash.
For the past 52 years, the Scholarship Foundation has been dedicated to honoring Marines and Navy Corpsman by providing their children with post-high school scholarships, paying special attention to those families of the wounded and fallen. In the 2014-15 academic year alone, more than 125 scholarship recipients have an injured parent or have lost a parent to the Wars on Terror. Military service members make legendary sacrifices every day and the Foundation strives to ensure sending their child to college is not one of them. Since 1962, 33,000 scholarships have
been awarded valued at nearly $90 million, and the Foundation is dedicated to continue its mission to give back to these families and pay tribute to their service by awarding every eligible student that applies with a scholarship.
“The Marine Corps has many qualities that make it special, but among the greatest are its commitment to keeping faith with Marines, Sailors, and families,” said Margaret B. Davis, President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. “These families know all too well the meaning of sacrifice. Just as the Marine Corps invests in our Marine and Navy Corpsman families, it is our mission to remain committed to honoring them by investing in their children – our nation’s future leaders – in their journey toward higher education.

At the reception, Scholarship Foundation President and CEO Margaret B. Davis announced the kick-off of the Pacific Northwest Campaign, an initiative dedicated to raising awareness of the Scholarship Foundation in the Pacific Northwest and giving due honors to Marine and Navy Corpsman in the area. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the Foundation is awarding scholarships to 53 students who are from and/or attending school in Washington or Oregon.

At the reception, scholarship recipient and son of Veteran Cpl Benson, Teiler Kwan spoke of his trials and triumphs of growing up in a marine family and pursuing his dreams of attending college. Additionally, Kwan and three other scholarship recipients from the area will be honored at the event. They include:
Scholarship Recipients

• Hannah Bressler, Daughter of Sergeant Major Harold Bressler USMC (Ret.), Willamette
University Class of 2016
• Elizabeth Dacus, Daughter of Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Dacus USMC (Ret.), University of
Washington Class of 2016
• Teiler Kwan, Son of Veteran Corporal Benson Swan USMC, University of Oregon Class
of 2015
• Sarah Wennersten, Daughter of Lieutenant Kit Wennersten USN (Ret.), Wayland Baptist
Univeristy Class of 2015
“During [my father’s] time of service, the Marine Corps instilled within him many invaluable
attributes that he has carried throughout his life that I am lucky to have inherited,” said student
speaker Teiler Kwan.
About the Scholarship Foundation: Since its inception in 1962, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has financially supported children of the Marines and Navy Corpsmen, providing over 33,000 scholarships, valued at more than $90 million. For the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year, the Foundation has awarded a record-breaking 2,194 scholarships to Marine and Navy Corpsman children, totaling over $6,600,000 in higher-education scholarships. For more information on the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, please visit http://www.mcsf.org/.

Source: http://www.mcsf.org