The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation hosted its Ninth Annual Arizona Awards Dinner on May 18 at the JW Marriott Dessert Ridge Resort & Spa. In the spirit of Semper Fidelis, always faithful, supporters raised more than $780,000 to support the Scholarship Foundation’s mission to “honor Marines by educating their children.”
With the help of the community, 79 children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen from Arizona are currently receiving support from the Scholarship Foundation. Many scholarship recipients and their Marine parents attended this year’s gala.
Honoree Lieutenant General John F. Goodman USMC (Ret.) received the Bruce T. Halle Semper Fidelis Award for his valiant leadership in the Marine Corps and continued support of military efforts around the world. He is a retired three-star general and began his military service with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War — during which he earned the Soldier’s Medal, the Bronze Star with “V” Device, and a Purple Heart. Arizona natives may also know Goodman from his days as the starting quarterback for the Arizona State Sun Devils in 1965 and 1966.
Valley native and Paradise Valley resident Nancy Hanley was honored with the Service Above Self Award for her staunch support of the Scholarship Foundation since its local efforts began here in Arizona in 2009.
This year’s awards dinner paid posthumous tribute to Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Herrmann USMC with the creation of a scholarship in his name. Herrmann, along with four other Marines, was killed in December of 2018 in a tragic air collision over the seas of Japan.
The awards dinner featured a keynote speech from military guest of honor, Lieutenant General Michael Dana, Director of Marine Corps Staff, and a special performance by country music legend Larry Gatlin.
PHOTOS COURTESY MARINE CORPS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION