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OBJECTIVE: To assist dependents of deceased, Missing in Action, or 100% permanently disabled veterans of service with the First Marine Division in furthering their education toward a Bachelor's degree.

POLICY: Grants of up to $2,500 per academic year are awarded to full-time undergraduate students (for up to a maximum of four years) who are attending an accredited college, university, or higher technical trade school.  Neither graduate study requests nor applications at high-school or prep school levels are accepted.  Payments are made directly to the education institution.


ELIGIBILITY: Limited to dependents of honorably discharged veterans who are deceased from any cause OR Missing in Action OR totally and permanently disabled who served in a unit that was part of, attached to, or was operating in support of the First Marine Division.  A beneficiary who marries before he or she completes the course OR fails to complete an academic year (for reasons other than scholastic) must reapply before benefits can be resumed.


Each beneficiary is responsible to have your college send a verification to the First Marine Division Association Scholarship Fund of your full-time status at the beginning of each eligible school year.  But please note:  No payment will be made until the office is in receipt of this verification.


SCOPE: The Scholarship program is supported entirely by voluntary donations from Association members.  Since the start of the program, over 500 students have received more than $2.2 million in tuition assistance.


PROCEDURE: Prospective applicants who consider themselves to be eligible should follow the application instructions below.


INSTRUCTIONS: In order to verify the First Marine Division-related period of service of the deceased, Missing in Action, or 100% permanently disabled veteran sponsor, please complete the Standard Form 180 and mail directly to:


National Personnel Records Center

GSA (Military Personnel Records)

9700 Page Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63131.

When a veteran sponsor's DD214 is locally available and indicates First Mar Div service, return a copy with this instruction sheet.  This will help to expedite the processing of your application.

Key Information You Must Submit to This Office:

1.  An official copy of the death certificate of the applicant's sponsor under the seal of an Office of Vital Statistics OR;


2.  An affadavit from the Veteran's Administration attesting to the 100% and permanent disability of the applicant's sponsor.  Failure to state both 100% and Permanent will result in rejection of the application.


3.  An official copy of the applicant's birth certificate under the seal of an Office of Vital Statistics.


4.  The name, address, and telephone number of the applicant's parents, guardian, or whoever stands in loco parentis.


5.  The name of the college, university, or higher technical trade school which the applicant attends or plans to attend plus the anticipated date of graduation.


6.  The name of the high school where the applicant is currently enrolled.


7.  A statement indicating that the applicant will either live on campus or commute daily to school from a specified home address.


8.  The applicant's Social Security Number and telephone number.


9.  A letter from the prospective scholar describing goals and aspirations.

When we receive this information, the applicant will be further advised.



begins March 1, 2024


All current awardees must submit

proof of attendance for Fall term 2024 in order

to secure release of scholarship funds

payable to your university

for Fall 2024 / Spring 2025 semesters



June Cormier ("Corm-yay")

(760) 763-3267 - office

(760) 421-8303 - cell

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