16th Annual New Jersey Golf Tournament Makes College Dreams a Reality for Children of U.S. Marine and Navy Corpsmen

For the 2014-2015 academic year, 16 New Jersey children and students of Marines and Navy Corpsmen will be able to afford the ever-increasing cost of college tuition, thanks to the scholarship funding raised by the 16th Annual Jersey Shore Golf Tournament and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military families. For 52 years, the scholarship foundation has honored Marines by educating their children, awarding more than 33,000 scholarships valued at nearly $90,000,000.

Since 1998, the annual Jersey Shore Golf Tournament has made it their mission to raise funds to support the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen in pursuing their dreams toward higher education. Overall, the tournament has raised $2.5 million in scholarship funding and has provided post-high school education support to 60 students in the last five years. This year’s event will be held on October 2 at the Deal Country Club and the Hollywood Golf Club.

“It is truly an honor to be a part of providing these more-than-deserving children and their Marine families – who have witnessed sacrifice firsthand- with the necessary means to pursue their dreams of a higher education,” said Bob Valvano, event chairman. “The Jersey Shore Tournament provides the opportunity for the entire community to support Marine families and help provide vital funds to the scholarship foundation to award more scholarships every year, to our nation’s children and next generation of leaders.”

As the cost of college continues to grossly inflate – 121% since 2002, according to the Department of Labor – the ability to afford to enroll in post-high school institutions has become increasingly burdensome. Military service members make legendary sacrifices every day; sending their child to college should not be one of them. The scholarship foundation and its investors are proud to have been able to award children of Marines with scholarships in the state of New Jersey, such as Ember Ernest, a four-time scholarship recipient and child of Vietnam Veteran Sergeant Gary T. Ernest USMC. Ernest attends Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and is majoring in accounting. “I do not think I can thank you (the investors) enough for this scholarship. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and I am so thankful that you are a part of my school experience” said Ernest.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is providing nearly 2,200 scholarships valued at $6.6 million. Approximately 50 percent of the recipients are first-generation college students, and 44 percent are pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and health science. The scholarship foundation reports that its recipients are graduating from four-year degree-granting institutions at a rate of 86 percent, while the national graduation rate is 40 percent – a statistic proof of these scholars promise to their parents Marine Corps values of honor, courage, and commitment. Visit www.mcsf.org for more information.

For additional information or to register, contact Kelsi Morris at 301-512-3225 or by email at Kelsi.morris@hkstrategies.com.

About the Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children. Since its inception, the scholarship foundation has provided more than 33,000 scholarships valued at nearly $90,000,000 to Marine Corps children whose parents have been killed or wounded in combat or have demonstrated financial need. For more information on the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, please visit http://www.mcsf.org/.