Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation hosts annual awards dinner

A view of students at last year's banquet honoring the scholarships and academic achievements of scholarship recipients. (Submitted photo)

A view of students at last year’s banquet honoring the academic achievements of scholarship recipients. (Submitted photo)

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Arizona Campaign has announced that 85 students from and/or attending school in Arizona will receive more than $240,000 in scholarships for the upcoming 2015-16 academic year.

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As the Arizona representative for the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children, the Arizona campaign upholds the foundation’s mission of honoring Marines by educating their children.

The awards dinner will be held 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Westin Kierland Spa and Resort.

“Marines have made an unbelievable sacrifice for our country, sending their children to school should not be one of them,” said Antonio Rosacci, Arizona Campaign Scarlet & Gold Committee co-chair.

“Providing scholarships is our way of recognizing and honoring the selfless service of our nation’s Marines, Navy Corpsmen and their families.”

Within the next decade, more than 100,000 children of Marines will reach college age, and as the cost of higher education continues to outpace the average military family’s income, thousands of children face the prospect of being priced out of an education.

Since its inception in 1962, the Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than 35,000 scholarships valued at nearly $100 million to students nationwide.

The Arizona Campaign will be hosting its Fifth Annual Arizona Awards Dinner this fall in conjunction with Marine Week Phoenix. The event celebrates local scholars and the community that invested more than $600,000 last year alone to support these children’s dreams of higher education.

To learn more about the dinner, scholarship eligibility or opportunities to get involved, visit mcsf.org/arizona.

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