Honoring Marines

Posted on August 16, 2011


As the education costs continue to rise, military families are struggling to send their kids to college.

The average Marine family income is about $49,000*. But tuition, room and board at a public, 4-year university average $16,150 a year. That’s almost 1/3 of their income, for one student.

Marines sacrifice so much, but they shouldn’t have to sacrifice a college education for their kids.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than 26,000 scholarships to military families. One of those scholarships helped the family of Captain Johnny Michael Spann.

In 2001, Capt. Spann was killed in combat in Afghanistan. He left behind 3 children, who tragically lost their mother a month later to cancer.  Their daughter, Alison, is now a student at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. She credits a Heroes Tribute Scholarship with putting college within reach.

The Scholarship Foundation provides funding to all eligible applicants. Through a $60-million American Patriots Campaign, the Scholarship Foundation hopes to increase the average scholarship amount. The Tellabs Foundation recently gave $100,000 to endow a scholarship for sons and daughters of Marines studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

Click here if you’d like to support the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

* $49,000 is the average income of families served by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, not for Marines overall. However, the number is consistent with the average pay for enlisted Marines.